Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Design 215 - Actea

Here's an absolute beauty, yacht Actea. Built by the Henry B. Nevins yard and launched in 1938, she was designed and built for Henry Sears, former commodore of the New York Yacht Club and marine biologist. The boat was requisitioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After the war the boat was returned to Sears but was sold to Henry S. Morgan, grandson of J. P. Morgan and one of the founders of Morgan Stanley. Morgan would rename her Djinn. Morgan would also become commodore of the New York Yacht Club.

Here's a nice image from a newspaper article during Morgan's tenure.

The boat was eventually sold and brought to California where she had a successful racing career. Unfortunately the final resting place for this fine boat was on a reef.

Here is the general arrangement plan.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 61'-10"
LWL 44'-0"
Beam 13'-8"
Draft 8'-6"
Displacement 60,900 lbs


  1. Isn't Design #238 the 6 meter the Henry S Morgan boat Djinn?

  2. Dear Reader,
    I believe you are correct, that it was design #238. Mr. Morgan gave his 6-meter the very same name as this boat. Please look for a follow up posting early next week about the 6-meter Djinn.
    Thanks for writing in.
    Best regards,
    Bruce Johnson