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Product Launch: 1905

Product Launch: 1905

Circa 1905. "Launching of the Detroit (Detroit Yacht Club)." 8x10 inch glass negative by Lycurgus S. Glover, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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The precise date of this photograph is

June 4, 1901, and shows the launching of the Detroit at the yard of the Michigan Yacht & Power Company, situated just south of Jefferson Avenue on the Detroit River just east of downtown. The boat had been commissioned by a Detroit syndicate headed by Alex McLeod, shipowner, former newspaper editor, founder of the Detroit Telephone Company, and Commodore of the Detroit Yacht Club. The vessel was intended to compete for the Canada's Cup races at Chicago, but failed to qualify, losing to another Detroit boat, the Cadillac. It was sold in Spring 1904 to a San Diego syndicate, sent west by rail, underwent some modifications, and, as already indicated here, quickly became one of the premier racing yachts on the Pacific coast, but for only a brief time, as her design and ownership raised questions among Southern California's racing elite and she was banished from racing by 1906.

This Detroit boat looks so modern

Just I wanted to write. Very modern boat as almost 110 years old. Very streamlined.

Happy Days

Q: What are the two happiest days of a sailing man's life?
A: The day he buys his own boat and the day he sells it.

A Champion

In August of 1905 the yacht Detroit won the Lipton Cup in San Diego.

[Steeped in history! - Dave]

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