Mischief 1881

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Mischief ( 1879 ) half hull wooden hand crafted.  Designed by Archibald Cary Smith. Order on line, worldwide delivery.

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$295.00

Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull with dark green topsides, red cove stripe . Varnished stained wood hull.

Hull size: 60cm.

Board size: 75cm X 20cm

Half Hull SizeMedium (75cm X 20cm)
Size75 cm L x 20 cm Hgh
Year1881

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Mischief 1881

Mischief 1881

Archibald Cary Smith was 25 years old when he launched his first 16' boat. In 1872, he became a member and Measurement Official of the New-York Yacht Club. After having launched different schooners and sloops he designed Mischief in 1879 as the defender of the 1881 America's Cup.

Mischief was built by Harlan and Hollingsworth, at Wilmington, Delaware. She was the second American yacht to be built in iron.

William Starling Burgess no doubt inherited his love of boats and sailing from his father as well as  his sharp analytical mind. He also acquired his precise and sensitive feeling for lines and forms from Nathanael Herreshoff, his “Uncle Nat”. But when the young Starling informed Herreshoff of his intention to become a naval architect, “the Wizard of Bristol” took umbrage.

When Mike Vanderbilt contacted him to build a new defender for the 1934 challenge, time was very short. No matter ! He started on the rough drafts of the plans at end of 1931 and Rainbow very nearly failed in the face of a faster challenger, Endeavour.

Starling Burgess came out of it quite well, Charles Nicholson even offering him the plans of his champion. His gesture was to prove quite unwise.

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