Harriet Lane 1857

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The Harriet Lane was powered by Steam and Sails. Exact scale replica from 1857

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$1,495.00

 

Built in New York for the US Revenue Service in 1857, the Harriet Lane was powered by a combination of steam and sail.

She was 180 ft. long, with a 30ft beam, and carried a 30lb. Parrot rifle, plus three 9” smooth bore Dahlgrens.

The design clearly illustrates the transition from sail to steam, as steam engines were not entirely reliable, and power was not yet sufficient to allow the elimination of sail.

Size69cm L 40cm Hgh
Year1857

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Harriet Lane 1857

Harriet Lane 1857

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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