Reliance 1903


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Reliance ( 1903 ) half hull wooden hand crafted. Designed by Nathanael Green Herreshoff.Order on line, worldwide delivery.

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Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull with white topsides, black boot 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

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Reliance 1903

Reliance 1903

During the construction of Reliance, only one man, who was no part of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, was authorized access to the yard. Every day he followed the construction and installation of each and every part of the boat. This man was Charlie Barr. A true professional, he wanted to know every detail of the boat that he was to race against Shamrock III.

With Reliance, Nathanael G. Herreshoff was to realize his biggest, fastest, most mechanical and ingenious defender. She was also a monster of innovations. The most incredible thing was that Captain Nat built Reliance from the first model he built, without a single rework. The state of the art.

The selection trials between Columbia and Constitution were a walkover for Reliance. Reliance’s victory over Shamrock III was such that Sir Thomas Lipton wrote, “They say I have magnificent boat. I do not want a magnificent boat. I want a boat that will lift the Cup… a Reliance !”

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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