John S Johnston (American, 1839-1899) 6 ½ x 8 ¼ in (16.5 x 21cm) 4

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Lot 8
John S Johnston (American, 1839-1899)
6 ½ x 8 ¼ in (16.5 x 21cm) 4

US$ 800 - 1,200
£ 570 - 850
John S Johnston (American, 1839-1899)
Yacht Racing
albumen prints of "Katrina", "Norota", "Ramona" and "Lasca" 6 ½ x 8 ¼ in (16.5 x 21cm) (4)

Footnotes

  • The 34ft wooden cutter "Norota" was built in 1895 by Benjamin Franklin “B.F.” Wood from the designs of William Gardner at the Wood Yacht Yard at City Island, NY. She was owned by Frederick M. Hoyt (1873-1940) of the Stamford Yacht Club, who later became commodore of the Larchmont Yacht Club and a successful yacht designer himself. Hoyt and his wife, Jane Ferby Hoyt, were survivors of the Titanic disaster. In its first season Norota came in first fourteen times in twenty races.

    "Ramona", previously christened "Resolute", was a 107ft wooden schooner yacht built in 1871 by David Carll at City Island, NY for owner A. S. Hatch of New York City. Other early owners included S. M. Mills, John Brooks. It was rebuilt about 1888 and renamed "Ramona". Her owner was Larchmont Yacht Club Commodore Harry M. Gillig.

    "Lasca" was an 89ft steel centerboard keel spoonbow schooner built by Henry Piepgras at City Island in 1892 from the plans of A. Cary Smith, for owner John Brooks of New York, a commodore of the N.Y.Y.C., and later sold to James S. Watson, of Rochester, N. Y., for nearly $40,000. After a cruise to Europe the yacht was sold to a German yachtsman, spent several years racing before being sold back to an American in the early 1900s.Outing Magazine listed Lasca among "the fastest schooner yachts afloat" in 1896.
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