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Atlantic: 1904

Atlantic: 1904

August 17, 1904. "Atlantic at sail." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The lateen, or triangular sail, was a middle-eastern invention, much more efficient than the square-rigged sails of Europe. They allowed sailors to fly closer to the wind and even to tack upwind.

Little Known Factoid about Atlantic

Atlantic also boasted a steam engine, with retractable funnel, when built. Naturally it had to be secured for the Kaiser's Cup Race; one wonders what was done with the propeller.


I love the way the tilted horizon in this photo conveys a sense of the surging power of this graceful yacht as it scythes through the ocean. What a beautiful machine!


Simply Brilliant.

A tall ship and a star to steer her by

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

John Masefield

Schooner Atlantic

This is actually the famous racing yacht Atlantic. Designed by William Gardner for Wilson Marshall and built in 1903 by the Townsend & Downey shipyard, this steel-hulled, three-masted schooner had a deck length of 187 feet. In 1905 she won the "Kaiser Wilhelm Cup" in a Transatlantic race from Sandy Hook, New York to The Lizard, Cornwall, with a time of 12 days, 4 hours and 1 minute, a mono-hull record that stood for 100 years. She served the war effort from 1941 to 1947 as a US Coast Guard training vessel, and was broken up at Newport Harbor, Virginia in 1982. This oil painting by the marine painter AD Blake depicts the Atlantic at the start of the 1905 race.


Could you comment about a picture as stunning as this one! Magnificent! A 1000 word special.

Great picture

What a beautiful boat, and it looks like that photo could have been taken today!

Racing Schooner Atlantic?

I'm having trouble finding information about any sailing vessel named Atlantis prior to the 1931 construction of Woods Hole's famous ketch. However there was a notable three-masted racing schooner, named the Atlantic: built in 1903 at the Townsend and Downey shipyard for Wilson Marshall. In 1905 she won the Kaiser's Cup: a transatlantic race from Sandy Hook, New York to The Lizard, Cornwall, England in 10 days, 4 hours. During this race she established a 24-hr average speed of 14.1 knots: a record which stood until 1988. Sadly, while the ship had many lives, she was broken up in 1982.

Making Good Time

This is one to frame and put on the den wall. A fine example of the phrase "rail in the water."

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