During the early part of the 19th century the British had established a reputation for ocean yacht racing. Looking to stem that tide, the New York Yacht Club engaged George Steers to design the fastest ocean yacht vessel. She was delivered in May, 1851, and was beautifully proportioned. At 171 tons, she was 89 feet long at the waterline, 22 foot abeam, and possessed an 11 foot draft. She was aptly named America. After reaching England, she was invited to participate against fifteen Yachts in the annual 53-mile race around the Isle of Wight conducted by The Royal Yacht Squadron. America won her first race by 2 minutes. Next she sailed in a match race against England's fastest, the Titania, winning by nearly an hour. She was awarded a cup, which was aptly named the America's Cup.
These ships are 100% scratch built, put together piece by piece, similar to an actual ship. There are no model kits used here. The wood is cut from trees. All ships are Plank on Frame construction (hollow hulls). Ribs on the inside, piece by piece form the hull and deck. If you look closely, you can see the nails used to secure the strips of wood to the internal ribs. Some Admiral's line ships utilize double plank on frame construction. Wood is cut piece by piece and put over the base of the ship's hull to the water line. It's a lot of work and a fantastic look. The lines on the ships are working lines. They can be tightened and loosened. The Admiral's line ship's sails can be furled or unfurled by tracing each working line, though this is not recommended unless you are an avid model builder. Appreciate the rigging, the stitching on the sails, and the fantastic craftsmanship. Each ship comes with a solid wooden stand and a brass nameplate. Every ship comes with her history printed on antiqued paper along with a stand to display beside the ship. The ships are imported from all over the world from master craftsman who specialize in model boat building.
Admiral's Line America
Manufacturer: Old World Trading Co.
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