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The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes


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The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934

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Americas Cup Arthur Henry Arthur Henry Kirk Bermuda Rig Big Class Boat View Britannia Close Hauled Cowes Cutter Edgar Wp Edgar Wp Kirk George Frederick Ernest Albert George Lennox George Lennox Watson George V Isle Of Wight J Class King George V King Of Britain King Of Great Britain Kirk Kirk Sons Of Kirk Sons Of Cowes Lee Broadside Lipton Prince Of Wales Race Racing Sail Sailing Sailing Yacht Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton Sir Thomas Lipton Thomas J Thomas J Lipton Thomas Johnstone Thomas Johnstone Lipton Thomas Lipton Watson William Umpleby William Umpleby Kirk Windsor Yacht Yacht Race Yachting


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This print showcases the majestic J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia in 1934. Created by Kirk & Sons of Cowes, this image captures a moment of intense competition during the America's Cup race. The two iconic vessels, with their Bermuda rigs proudly displayed, sail close hauled against each other, revealing their impressive size and beauty. The historical significance of this photograph is evident as it features notable figures such as Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, an avid yachtsman who commissioned Shamrock V for his fifth attempt at winning the coveted America's Cup. Also present is King George V himself, a passionate sailor who closely followed the races. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Cowes on the Isle of Wight in England, this image transports us back to a time when sailing was not only a sport but also an emblem of national pride and royal patronage. The J-Class yachts were known for their elegance and speed, representing the pinnacle of sailing technology in that era. As we admire this monochrome masterpiece captured by Edgar WP Kirk and William Umpleby Kirk, we can almost feel the excitement in the air as these magnificent boats compete fiercely for victory. This print serves as a timeless reminder of our enduring fascination with both maritime history and thrilling sporting events like yacht racing.

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