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Gaff sloop Puritan No. 19, John H. McMauus and Son Sailmakers Boston
Named collection: Arthur Binney Collection
Object type: plan
Maker: Burgess, Edward
Place made: United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Date made: 1885
Materials: ink; starched linen
Measurements: 21" x 30"
Plan type/view: sail
Calculations, dimensions, notes, sketches, "Puritan" in ink
Arthur Binney (1865-1924) completed MIT's two-year program in the School of Mechanic Arts between 1881 and 1883. The 1882-1883 MIT catalog states that this school was ¿¿ established for those who wish to enter upon industrial pursuits rather than to become scientific engineers.¿ Binney began working in Edward Burgess's design office in 1888 at the peak of this firm's success in designing the three Boston associated America's Cup defenders between 1885 and 1887. Following the early death of Edward Burgess from typhoid fever in 1891, Binney formed a short-lived partnership with George A. Stewart to become the successors to the Edward Burgess design agency. Unfortunately, Stewart also succumbed to typhoid fever in 1894, after their only America's Cup design effort. Pilgrim lost out to Nathanael Herreshoff's first Cup defender, Vigilant in 1893. Binney continued the design agency under his own name into the early 1920s and designed several successful fishing and racing schooners, and many fine steam and motor vessels. Charles D. Mower worked in the Binney design office from 1895 to 1899 and later became a successful independent naval architect. Binney also assisted Edward's son W. Starling Burgess in the early stages of his highly successful yacht design career.
Gift of Arthur Binney (MIT Class of 1883) and Mrs. Frank C. Paine, 1953