ANTHONY (A.D.) BLAKE
The Three Masted
Schooner ATLANTIC at the Start of the Transatlantic Race, May 17th 1905.
Oil 18" x
Owing to a lack
of wind and fog the start of the race was delayed from May 16th to May
17th. The start was held 3/4 mile East of the Sandy Hook lightship where a
steamer flying an enormous burgee of the Imperial Yacht Club (Germany)
fired the noon starting gun. (The Kaiser finally organized the race after
discussions between various yacht clubs broke down. The prize was an
impressive gold cup known as the Kaisers Cup- later found to be only gold
plated.) There were 11 entrants in the race and the start was held in a
light easterly wind, mist and a large swell.
Atlantic, which was the third yacht across the start line, is shown
just after the start of the race. The steamer that started the race is not
shown but would be further to the right of the spectator tug at the right
hand side of the painting. Just astern of Atlantic is the 137ft.
schooner Endymion. In 1900 she sailed from Sandy Hook to the
Needles off the Isle of Wight in 13 days 8 hours, which was the fastest
Atlantic crossing until broken by Atlantic in this race. The square
rigger to windward of Atlantic is the 1490 ton Valhalla.
Just ahead of Valhalla is the three masted schooner Untowana.
She is in the process of turning to port to cross astern of the starting
steamer. Neither Valhalla nor Untowana had all their sails
set at the time of the start gun.
Atlantic completed the race in 12 days 4 hours, 16 hours faster
than Endymion's 1900 passage and nearly 24 hours ahead of second
finisher, Hamburg. This record, for a race across the Atlantic by a
monohull, has only recently been broken!
Atlantic was owned by Wilson Marshall and skippered by the famous
Charlie Barr. She was 187 ft. length on deck, designed by William Gardener
and built of steel at Shooter's Island, New York, in 1903.
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