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J-CLASS YACHT RANGER

Scrimshaw on fossil walrus ivory 'ice axe'
on goncalo alves wood mount with mammoth ivory,
fossil walrus ivory, and black pearl accents.
10"L x 3.5"H x 2.5"D

Private Collection



Ranger was the best and the fastest of the J-class yachts that raced for the America’s Cup. Owned by Harold S. Vanderbilt, and designed by W. Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens, she was built at the Bath Iron Works, Maine in 1937. She totally dominated the 1937 challenger Endeavour II, winning in four consecutive races by very comfortable margins. During the 1937 racing season Ranger won thirty-five out of the thirty-seven races she competed in, and finished second twice. The year 1937 marked the end of the J-boat era. More than one yachtsman winced when this great steel sloop was broken up during World War II to provide lead and other materials needed for the war effort.

  Length, over-all…................135 ft. 2 in.
 
Length, water......………….….……...87 ft.
  B
eam………....…..........................…..21 ft.
  Draft……………………..............……...15 ft.
  Displacement…..…….....………..166 tons
   Sail area……………….......…....7546 sq. ft.

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