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"Widgeon" (Sloop Yacht)

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The owner of "Widgeon" was the commodore of the New York Yacht Club when the vessel was racing in New Bedford in 1856. She has an unusual shape—all others had clipper bows (like Sloop with Study of Masthead Rigging, 1850s (inv. 188)). George Steers developed this kind of bow derivative of pilot schooner designs. The "Mary Taylor" is a famous example of hull type.

– Erik Ronnberg

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1856 U.S. Nautical Magazine and Naval Journal v. 4
April 1856
The U.S. Nautical Magazine and Naval Journal, vol. 4, no. 1
pp. 464–65.

Contains brief announcement of the line-up of the August 8, 1856 race depicted by Lane.

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1856 U.S. Nautical Magazine and Naval Journal v. 5
John W. Griffiths, ed.
October 1856–March 1857
The U.S. Nautical Magazine and Naval Journal, vol. 5
pp. 16–18

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.

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Regatta at New Bedford, August 8, 1856
Robert Bennet Forbes
1856
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. 

Citation: "Historical Materials." Fitz Henry Lane Online. Cape Ann Museum. http://fitzhenrylaneonline.org/historical_material/index.php?section=%22Widgeon%22+%28Sloop+Yacht%29 (accessed July 29, 2017).
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