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Property Name Clara Brown (sloop)
Reference Number 13000098
State New York
County Erie
Town Buffalo
Street Address First Buffalo River Marina, 32 Fuhrman Blvd, Buffalo, NY
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/20/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Clara Brown is significant under Criterion C in area of architecture as a distinctive work of renowned naval architect John G. Alden. While Alden is most well known for his naval designs, he designed Clara Brown to be an elegant and fast cruising sloop. With the depth of Lake Champlain in mind, he crafted a sleek, shallow vessel meant to cruise along the bays of Vermont's biggest body of water, while still being fast enough to compete in the Mallets Bay Boat Club races each year, winning several times in the 1950s and 60s.


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