Builder's Half Hull Model of the Racing Yacht Javelin
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Circa 1890
Backboard: 7 ¼ x 44 Inches
 
   

Builder's Half Hull Model of the Racing Yacht Javelin
 
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Circa 1890
Backboard: 7 ¼ x 44 Inches
 
   

In July of 1890 W.R. Hearst of newspaper fame and fortune placed an order for the 98 foot JAVELIN, with the most innovative yacht designer of his day- Nathaniel "Nat" Herreshoff of Rhode Island. In addition to building yachts of various sizes for nearly every prominent American yachtsman of his time, Herreshoff's yard built every winning America's Cup Yacht from 1893 to 1934.

JAVELIN was Herreshoff design #164- 94 feet at waterline with a 10'2" beam and drawing 4'9". The boat wasn't even completed when Hearst changed his mind and ordered a bigger boat, a 112 foot that would be called VAMOOSE. JAVELIN was bought partially completed, by E.D. Morgan in January 1891.

Edwin D. (E.D.) Morgan has been described as "The Greatest American Yachtsman." Morgan was the organizer/manager of successful America's Cup defenses during the golden period of very large sloops. He was a grandson of New York Governor and United States Senator Edwin Dennison Morgan and a distant relation of J.P. Morgan. At a young age, Morgan was left a huge fortune and became a professional sportsman mainly devoted to yacht racing.

In addition to serving as commodore of the New York Yacht Club from 1893-1894, Morgan was a four time member of the Club's America's Cup Committee. He owned some 17 vessels including steamers, schooners, sloops, America's Cup Defenders and many smaller yachts.

JAVELIN had a triple-expansion engine of 9, 14, and 22.5 inch bore with a 12-inch stroke and was guaranteed by HMC to make a speed of 20 knots. She carried a British Thornycroft boiler, only the second of Herreshoff's yachts to get one, which were exclusive to the firm in the ... Read More