The Experiment

The America’s Cup, arguably the most venerable trophy in sports, has attracted the world’s best sailors and yacht designers since the first match in 1851. The first few challenges had no restriction on design of the yachts, although time was allowed based on tonnage. The keeper of the Cup is largely responsible for the making […]

Oh My Cod

In late October 1938, Morris Rosenfeld was in Gloucester, Massachusetts to visually document what would be the last International Fishermen’s Cup race. The first such race was proposed in 1920 as a “race for real sailors” – a friendly match between the fishing schooners of Lundenberg, Nova Scotia, and Gloucester. Although the fishing schooner was […]

A Mayflower By Any Other Name

On October 14, 1912 the 318-foot steel hulled Presidential yacht, Mayflower steamed into New York Harbor and dropped anchor in the North River. President Taft was on board for the review of the maritime might of the U.S. Navy – the Naval Review of 1912. The luxurious steam yacht Mayflower was built for Ogden Goelet […]

The Joys of Fitting-Out

The spring season brings longer daylight in the northern latitudes and rising temperatures. Since the early 1900s, it also brings the “Fitting-Out Number” issues of The Rudder and Motor Boating magazines. The Fitting Out issues were filled with practical tips for getting a vessel in shape for the upcoming season along with thoughts on the […]

The Plywood Derby

It was literally a race to determine which shipbuilder would produce the Navy’s PT boats.

The Champion

“Apparently, in the field of yachting, as in all other fields, there is no denying the women.”

The Careers

The six lives of one three-masted schooner make for an amazing ship’s biography.

The Dream

On June 23, 1928, William Albert Robinson and his little 32-foot ketch Svaap were part of a special class of three small ocean cruisers that started in the Bermuda Race. The class consisted of Svaap, Miladi (a Herreshoff cutter), and yawl Islander built by Harry Pidgeon (he had already circumnavigated the world single-handedly in it – […]

The Flying Boat

In the early 20th century, flying boats allowed contemplation of long distance, over-water transport. At the time, no civil airports had a sufficient runway to accommodate the weight of such a plane and water was the alternative landing strip. Pictured here is the Sikorsky Amphibion (the use of the “o” became a trademark) Neekah at Palm Beach […]

The Lightning Class

The Rosenfelds were on hand to photograph the introduction of the Lightning class at the 1939 National Motor Boat Show in 1939.