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The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes


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The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup. She was 128 ft overall length and carried 13, 492 sq ft of canvas

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23 Metre Americas Cup Arthur Henry Arthur Henry Kirk Big Class Breezy Close Hauled Cowes Cutter Edgar Wp Edgar Wp Kirk Fife Gaff Rig Isle Of Wight Kirk Kirk Sons Of Kirk Sons Of Cowes Lipton Race Racing Sail Sailing Sailing Yacht Shamrock I Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton Sir Thomas Lipton Thoma Thomas J Thomas J Lipton Thomas Johnstone Thomas Johnstone Lipton Thomas Lipton William Fife William Fife Iii William Umpleby William Umpleby Kirk Yacht Yacht Race Yachting


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The Cutter Shamrock - A Majestic Challenger in the Americas Cup

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This print showcases the magnificent cutter Shamrock, designed by William Fife, as she gracefully beats upwind. The image was captured by Kirk & Sons of Cowes, renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship in yacht photography during the early 20th century. Shamrock holds a significant place in history as Sir Thomas Lipton's first challenger to the prestigious Americas Cup in 1899. With her impressive size of 128 feet overall length and an astonishing 13, 492 square feet of canvas, she epitomizes elegance and power on the water. The photograph perfectly captures Shamrock's sleek lines and gaff rigging while navigating close hauled against a breezy backdrop. Located off the coast of Cowes on England's Isle of Wight, this iconic racing yacht symbolizes both British maritime heritage and sporting excellence. Expertly composed by Edgar WP Kirk, it beautifully portrays the excitement and intensity of a high-stakes yacht race. The monochrome aesthetic adds a timeless quality to this remarkable moment frozen in time. As we admire this stunning piece from Heritage Images' collection, let us appreciate not only its artistic value but also recognize Sir Thomas Lipton's unwavering determination to challenge for sailing supremacy. This photograph is a testament to his passion for yachting as well as his quest for victory on behalf of his country.

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