• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Model of the racing sloop yacht America

America model (SAFR 5328)

America model (SAFR 5328)

NPS photo

In 1851 members of the New York Yacht Club built and sailed the racing sloop yacht America to England to participate in the yacht races scheduled as part of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations held in London. The America participated in only one race sponsored by the royal Yacht Club during the final days of the exposition, a race which she won. The New Yorkers presented this model to their opponent. The model's plaque reads, "Contemporary Model of the Yacht America Winner of the Memorable Race for the Royal Squadron Cup around the Isle of Wight Course, August 22, 1851. This Model was given by the Winner to Mr. Le Marchant, Owner of the Aurora, Second in the Race." The Royal Squadron Cup 100 Guinea Cup won by the America became known as the America's Cup, the coveted yacht racing prize that yachtsmen around the world dream of winning.

Did You Know?

Morrison Logbook (HDC 1595, SAFR 22220)

Did you know the Park has journals that date back to the California Gold Rush? We recently added an account of a 220 day voyage from New York to San Francisco. The 1849 journal describes daily routines, a hurricane, and passing ships. Morrison (built 1832; ship) journal (HDC 1595, SAFR 22220). More...