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Two Time America's Cup Winner in 1871 and 1872

The yacht “Sappho” was launched in 1867.

While the boat was initially not a success, rebuilding the hull increased its speed and the yacht became a champion on the seas.

In 1869, the “Sappho” sailed across the Atlantic Ocean (from New York to Queenstown) in a record time of 12 days, 9 hours and 36 minutes, a speed record was not broken for more than 36 years! The next year, the yacht won three consecutive matches against the Cambria, an English boat.

The “Sappho” won the last two races of the second America’s Cup in 1871, beating the challenger, “Livonia.” In 1872, the “Sappho” defeated the “Livonia” again after sailing to England for the contest.

Drawn by Parsons & Atwater.