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Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Creator

Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Creator


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Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Creator

Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson. She was launched in June 1914. She was the unsuccessful challenger in the 1920 Americas Cup

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Capturing the Spirit of Sailing - Shamrock IV, America's Cup Challenger in 1914

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This print showcases the majestic yacht Shamrock IV sailing gracefully without its topsail. The year is 1914, and this magnificent vessel was owned by Sir Thomas Lipton, a prominent figure in yachting history. Designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson, Shamrock IV was launched with great anticipation in June of that year. Although she would later become an unsuccessful challenger in the 1920 America's Cup race, this snapshot captures her true essence as she glides through the waters off Cowes on the Isle of Wight. With her gaff rig and close-hauled position, Shamrock IV displays both power and elegance. The image highlights the expertise of Arthur Henry Kirk and Edgar WP Kirk from Kirk & Sons of Cowes who skillfully captured this momentous scene. Their monochrome composition perfectly conveys the timeless beauty of sailing yachts during this era. As we gaze upon this historic photograph, we are transported back to a time when yacht racing held immense prestige and excitement. It serves as a reminder of Sir Thomas Lipton's unwavering passion for sport and his relentless pursuit to bring home victory for his beloved country. This remarkable piece not only celebrates a significant chapter in America's Cup history but also pays homage to all those who have dedicated their lives to mastering the art of sailing.

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