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Flying Home - John Mecray

Flying Home - John Mecray

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Gallery Edition (Giclée on Canvas) of 50
Image size: 30 x 42 inches (76 x 107 cm)

Nathanael Herreshoff's third design to defend the America's Cup was evolutionary. The 132 ft. yacht Columbia is pictured here during the summer of 1899 ...

Columbia is shown during the summer of 1899 in her trials against Nathanael's previous Cup defender, who had been prophetically named Defender. J.P. Morgan's steam yacht Corsair shadows the action, carrying observers from the New York Yacht Club.

Columbia will go on to be selected, and in October of 1899 successfully defended the Cup off Long Island against Sir Thomas Lipton's first Shamrock. John's portrait of the great racing sloop captures her just as an unnoticed shift rolls her to leeward while flying downwind with a full complement of sails, backlit and glowing in the sunlight.
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