Sailboats. Defender

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Cutters 1893-1937


Designer(s) : Nathanael Greene Herreshoff
Builder : Herreshoff Manufacturing Company
Launched : 1895
Owner(s) : William Kissam Vanderbilt,
Edwin Dennison Morgan,
Charles Oliver Iselin
Fate : Broken up in 1901
Racing career
Skippers : Henry C. Haff
America's Cup : 1895
Specifications :
Displacement : 151.5 tons
Length : 123 ft 0 in (37.49 m) LOA
89 ft 1.5 in (27.165 m) LWL
Beam : 23 ft 1 in (7.04 m)
Draft : 19 ft 1 in (5.82 m)
Sail area : 12,602 sq ft (1,170.8 m2)

Defender was a sloop with all-metal construction: steel, aluminum, and manganese bronze. It was owned by William Kissam Vanderbilt, Edwin Dennison Morgan and Charles Oliver Iselin, and skippered by Henry C. Haff.

Defender defeated the New York Yacht Club's Vigilant then went on to defend the cup against British keel cutter Valkyrie III. Following the contest, Defender was towed to the residence of C. Oliver Iselin in New Rochelle, New York where it remained docked for four years without sailing. In 1899 J. Pierpont Morgan and W. Buttler Duncan rebuilt Defender to race trials against the America's Cup defense candidate, Columbia.

The yacht was towed to Herreshoff's Bristol yard for restoration to enable it to race in the selection trials for the 1899 defence. Following the selection trials, Defender returns to its mooring and was finally broken up in 1901.


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