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19th Century Brooklyn -- The First Yacht Agency In The United States

Interesting promotional broadside map for Manning's Yacht Agency, with a map of South Brooklyn and Vicinity. Two Manning's Storage Warehouses are shown, along with a large inset of Manning's Yacht Basin #2.

The map shows the Atlantic Yacht Club House. In the early 1880s, the club acquired a waterfront farm property on 55th Street in Yellow Hook, Brooklyn. The neighborhood subsequently assumed the name of Bay Ridge, a name suggested by club-member, former Commodore and leading Brooklyn florist, James Weir. The converted clubhouse was soon replaced by a larger facility constructed at the end of the club's new pier at the end of 55th Street. A marina and anchorage were established at the same site at that time.

Mannings Yacht Agency was established in New York City in the year 1873, its aim being to afford adequate facilities for the purchasing, selling, and chartering of yachts. At that time there was no yacht agency in the United States.

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