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Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull with white topsides, gold cove stripe . Varnished stained wood hull.
Hull size: 60cm.
Board size: 75cm X 20cm
|Size||75 cm L x 20 cm Hgh|
|Half Hull Size||Medium (75cm X 20cm)|
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In 1879, the brothers John and Nathanael Herreshoff set up the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. From this partnership was born the legend of John "the Blind Genius" and Nat, " the Wizard of Bristol". For ten years, production consisted mainly of steamers of all types.
Then, Nat revolutionized the design of sailing ships in 1891 with Gloriana.
The owner of Gloriana, E.D. Morgan commissioned Nat to build Vigilant, the 1893 winning defender.
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.