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Saturday, September 09, 2006

'Alera' Restored

Kent Phelan, Alera, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 2006

"The Alera is a 1905 Herreshoff racing sloop, from the New York 30 class. Forty feet length overall, 30 feet on the waterline (as they measured boats back then). The New York Yacht Club wanted a smaller, less crew-intensive boat to race. One of the Vanderbilts commissioned Nathaniel Herreshoff to design and build the entire fleet of 18 boats, which he did in one year (1905). This boat, hull no. 1, came to Boothbay Harbor in early 2005. I remember reading about it in the Boothbay Register that winter back home in the Midwest. The whole town came out for a potluck supper at the shipyard when she arrived, gaping holes and all, and they all came back when she was re-launched in the summer of 2005. Is that cool or what? The picture was taken with a Canon 5D and 24–105mm zoom.

"The New York 30 fleet is largely intact. The yard that rebuilt Alera is presently rebuilding NY30 hull no. 2 (originally owned by J.P. Morgan)." —Kent Phelan



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