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Defender 1895 Model Boat

Defender Model Boat  - Red  Hull - click to enlarge
Defender Model Boat - Red Hull
Item# ASA055
$153.00
Availability: Usually ships the next business day
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Product Description

The racing yacht Defender was created in 1895 to meet the America's Cup challenge of the much feared Valkyrie III. She carried the greatest spread of sail yet seen in American racing. This model is 36.5 inches long, 35" high, and makes a handsome appearance. One of our most popular models. Painted in red lacquer above the waterline, varnished below. Complete with stand. Authentic Models.

Accessories

Wall Ship Brackets
Votive ship models, as they were called, were suspended from the rafters of many a sailor's church. Some feel that this is the best way to display a model. As a compromise, two 'universal' brackets were designed in bronze and wood. When attached to a wall with accompanying hardware (for wood and plaster walls), the brackets hold up the model and nothing interferes with the beautiful curves and lines of your ship's hull and sails.
$28.00
Wall Ship Brackets ASA000
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The racing yacht Defender was created by America's renowned designer Nat Herreshoff in 1895 to meet the America's Cup challenge of an Irish aristocrat, Lord Dunraven. The challenger was Valkyrie III, built in Glasgow, Scotland. She was the latest of a series of sleek, fast boats with a great press of sail which Lord Dunraven had commissioned to win the Cup for Great Britain. Defender measured just under 90 feet at the waterline and displaced just under 100 tons. Contributing to her speed was an exceptionally smooth hull made of a special heat-rolled bronze. Her underside was cut away drastically to reduce total surface area in contact with the water and increase speed. And she carried the greatest spread of sail yet seen in American racing.

The race was conducted off Sandy Hook, N.J. In the first contest, Valkyrie pulled ahead at the start and led for more than an hour. But Defender proved herself faster under fresh breeze conditions and went on to win. Going into the second race, Dunraven protested the presence of an unruly mob of spectator boats, but the race went off. As the two yachts approached the starting line an excursion steamer drove between the contenders. Valkyrie dodged to avoid collision, but her boom struck Defender, bringing down the topmast. Her crew quickly repaired the damage and continued the race under protest, only to finish two minutes behind. Dunraven argued that Valkyrie was far enough ahead to own the right of way and should be awarded the victory. However, the race committee ruled against him. Acting then out of pique, he caused Valkyrie to cross the starting line for the third race only to pull down her colors. Defender sailed the course alone to win the race by default.
Boat models are shipped with the sails unassembled. Step-by-step instructions are included. All rigging, lines and stays have brass hooks attached, which easily hook into eyelets on mast, boom, sprit or deck. Assembly takes less than 15 minutes.
Authentic Models, Inc.