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"Julia" (Sloop Yacht)
The New York Yacht Club’s regatta was held in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1856. The winner in the first class (largest yachts) was the “Julia”, owned by J. M. Waterbury, who commissioned George Steers to design and build her in 1854. Waterbury was a founding member of the New York Yacht Club, who had commissioned Steers to design and build the racing sloop “Una” for him in 1847.(Ref. 1)
Throughout the race, “Julia” led the other yachts in her class and led all other yachts in the regatta at the finish line. She is almost certainly the sloop in the left foreground of , and while nearly identical to the sloop in the center foreground of , the two fly very different owner’s pennants, probably the only way sloops of this design can be told apart in this series of paintings. (Ref. 2)
1. William P. Stephens, “Traditions & Memories of American Yachting” (Camden, Maine: International Marine Publishing Company, 1981), pp. 44, 272, 274.
2. “The U. S. Nautical Magazine, and Naval Journal” (New York: Oliver W. Griffiths, 1856). Vol. V, October, 1856 to March, 1857, pp. 15-17.
The U.S. Nautical Magazine and Naval Journal, vol. 4, no. 1
Contains brief announcement of the line-up of the August 8, 1856 race depicted by Lane.
The U.S. Nautical Magazine and Naval Journal, vol. 5
Article about the New-York Yacht Club regatta held at New Bedford on August 8, 1856, as painted by Lane. Includes lists of participating yachts and times in New Bedford.
Reprinted in American Neptune, Vol. 10, 1950, pp. 213-234
First-hand account by Robert Bennet Forbes of the 1856 New-York Yacht Club regatta.