- Author: N. L. Stebbins
- Date: 1887
- Medium: Photogravure
- Condition: Very good, with some light foxing in margins
- Inches: 12 7/8" x 10 1/4"
- Centimeters: 33.01 x 26.28
- Price: Sold
From American and English Yachts, Nanthaniel Livermore Stebbins (1847-1922), text by Edward Burgess (1848-1891). New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1887.
The cutter Bedouin was designed by English designer John Harvey in 1881, and built at City Island, NY that winter. According to The History of American Sailing Ships by Howard Chapelle, "she had the reefing bowsprit and mainmast placed well aft, typical of the English practice."
According to Americascup.com, Bedouin lost to Puritan in the selection trials to defend the fifth America's Cup in 1885. According to the website:
"Puritan was easily leading in the American defender selection trials against Priscilla, Cary Smith's traditional sloop, drawn in 1885 at the request of the NYYC, Bedouin, an "American" cutter ordered in 1882 and Gracie, the old sloop modeled in 1868 by Abraham A. Schank."
Nanthaniel Stebbins was a noted American marine photographer, whose surviving photographs document an important era in the development of American maritime activities, as sweeping technological and social changed revolutionized activity on the water, in military, commercial and leisure spheres.
In addition to selling prints of his images, he also produced a number of books of nautical images in his lifetime, including an important illustrated coastal guide, which was path-breaking in showing the practical uses for photography. His photography (and, on occasion, writing) also appeared in such well-known magazines as The Rudder and Yachting.
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