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Cutter Yacht "Maria"
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Buttersworth, James E.; Currier, Nathaniel; Currier & Ives
Place made: United States, New York, New York
Date made: 1862
Materials: ink; pigment; paper
Measurements: 19 1/2 in x 24 1/2 in
Nomenclature: racing; America; cutter yachts
Classification: ship portraits
A starboard-side view of the cutter yacht 'Maria' in a race against the clipper yacht 'America' in New York Bay in 1851. The 'Maria' defeated the 'America' in several races in the New York Harbor a month before the 'America' won the famous race around the Isle of Wight August 22, 1851. 'Maria' was the fastest sailing vessel of her day. She was designed by Robert L. Stevens in 1844 for his brother John Cox Stevens, the first Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. The dedication is at the bottom of the print. In the print, men work the rope on the deck of the 'Maria.' 'America' closely follows behind. In the foreground, men in a rowboat watch the race unfold.