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

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

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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 !”

Lord Dunraven had no hesitation when he decided to issue his second challenge; he immediately turned to George Lennox Watson and gave him carte blanche to design his new challenger. Watson was determined to win. To achieve his objective, his inspiration came largely from ideas developed by the Americans: wide beam, full lines, composite construction.

Valkyrie III was built by the D. & W. Henderson & Co. yard at Partick on the Clyde. Her frames were in steel, with wooden planking. She was given a steel mast. Launched in May 1895, Valkyrie III had her ballast increased after her first trials against Britannia.


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