Friday, August 27, 2010

Schooner America - Design 1897

Built by Goudy & Stevens Shipyard of Boothbay, Maine this replica of America was built for Rudolph J. Schaefer, Jr., head of Schaefer Brewing. America was the first to win the America's Cup in 1851. This replica was launched on the 3rd of May 1967, 116 years to the day after the original was launched.

This should not be confused with the replica that was built and launched in San Diego in 1995.

General Arrangement

Sail Plan

Principal Dimensions
LOA 101'-10"
LWL 90'-8"
Beam 22'-10"
Draft 11'-6"

Shell Plating - double planked fir
Frames - laminated double sawn oak
Keel - white oak
Deck Beams - laminated spruce
Deck - Burma teak
Fasteners - bronze


  1. Do you know where she is today?

  2. I believe there was an issue with the kiln-dried oak. It soaked up water like a sponge.

  3. I can't see the details of the floor plan. I could not export the line art to a viewer because of the copy right. Help. Like most of the other designs.

  4. I crewed on her as deck hand for six months in 1972, just before Schaefer sold her to Mr Blakely (may be wrong about the name, but he owned Friendly Ice cream. Floor plan looks right. four crew (2 deck hands, steward, engineer) sleep in focsle, 1st mate and cook share a double just aft down the port side, and captain has own cabin starboard. Crew's mess in between, Next aft is Galley to port and big engine room to starboard. Next is the main salon. a beautiful room. Then the relatively modest owner and guest cabins. with the pilot house aft just before the cockpit. A beautiful boat to sail. One day on the Chesapeake, we pegged the Kenyon at 12 Knots and still accelerating. After I left the crew they took her down to BVI and nearly sank enroute. CG had to drop pumps to them. I've wondered what's happened since then, which is why I was googling around and found this page. Gordon S, NJ

    1. If she is the same America, she was owned by the president of the Real Madrid football club and i sailed on her from Spain to Antigua, she was retired to somewhere in north America i last heard.

    2. Oops, that was 1996 i last saw her.

    3. I was crew on her trans-Atlantic (St. John VI to Poole, England, departed in May 1974) At the time, she was owned by W. Presley Blake, one of the twins who founded Friendly's ice cream and restaurants. She was very fast, clocking well over 15 knots in an Atlantic squall. World-renowned skipper A. C. DeVilliers worked her hard, though we did have a week or so of motoring in calm weather. I disembarked at Poole, in Dorset, England, and American continued on to the Baltic to a tall ships race. Last I knew, she had been sold to the King of Spain who kept her there as a Royal yacht. I also happen to know that when first built, she did not have the pilot cabin aft, but instead had a replica large open cockpit per the design of the original yacht.

  5. My dad, Capt. Walter Johanson, was talked out of retirement in Fla. in the early '70s by Schaefer, and skippered her for a short time until his wife had a heart attack. I had only one chance to climb aboard while she was hauled out in Fort Lauderdale. I learned last week that "the replica" would dock at Port Townsend, Wa. (where I live) and, all excited, I followed her progress yesterday with a camera as she exited the Strait of Juan de Fuca and motored past the lighthouse to dock before our Maritime Center.
    Then - alas - I was told that this is the SECOND copy, built in 1995!

    Nevertheless, it was fun while it lasted. A crewman, incidentally, said he though the first version was somewhere in Europe but unsailable...

    Unsure of exactly when my dad was aboard, Gordon, but I wonder if you knew him?

    Alan at

  6. Built at Goudy & Stevens Ship Yard. My Grandfather, Wallace Goudy,
    retired from the yard 1945. I visited once during construction.
    My mother was WWG's daughter.
    John Holmes, Yarmouth Maine 11/11/2015

  7. the 1995 America 2.0 replica is on an east coast tour now in June 2017. I was at the launching of the original replica in 67, which was a much ore accurate and prettier schooner - Nick Bonham handled her auction in London in 2005 - but who bought her and WHERE IS SHE NOW!! - let me know at

  8. I crewed on the beautiful 1967 replica S/Y America in 1991 with Joel Dressel, the excellent Mate Hassan, Isabel Aujoulet as Cook and other Crew in & out.
    We left for Europe late that year [May 21] as they needed to put in the new masts which I was there for, helped lash the Mainsail to the boom.
    Spent a week in Bermuda where Capt. Dressel visited gravesites of perished crew from a tragedy he had endured.
    Then on to the Azores--left at 6am the next day after Senor told us to get to Puerto Sherry immediately. Ramon Mendoza loved to sit on deck listening to his transistor radio, was married to Jeanine---who made my life extremely challenging.
    The story was that he was never where he said he'd be, we were constantly being told to sail here & there...tough life if you can get it! [He wasn't in PS either.]
    Had to polish a LOT of copper constantly, even with wrapping.
    Had a huge storm before the Azores--waves crashing over me alone on deck at the wheel after they went below soaked after lowering the jib w/o harnesses--my job had been to keep a count of those out on the bowsprit. There was still the lovely wheelhouse [circular bench.]
    People would radio us "You sure do look beautiful in the moonlight."
    WE motored most of the way across, but with sails up.
    We almost lost a guy in the Med, he fell in while we folding the Mainsail, he was up on the boom. Didn't really care for him until I couldn't see him anymore in the rolling waves left behind us. Hassan went tearing off in the tender and came flying back--smashed into a wave, went vertical--thought we lost him too. Both came back to our hearty cheers--"Guess we gotta give you your stuff back."
    Great boat, great crossing--memories I would not trade.