The First Decades Photo Gallery

YACHTING joins the modern age of social and technological mobility.


A Great South Bay (N.Y.) iceboat known as a scooter. Normally driven by a sail and gliding across the ice on at least four runners, a small engine powered this example, transmitting its torque motion via a spiked belt a la modern snowmobiles.


Slim as an arrow, General had a top speed of 29.5 mph in 1908.



Phineas Banning, among the first to build a steam yacht that burns oil.


Making charts circa 1910.


Calw-foot bathtub aboard a 1910 motoryacht.


The engineroom of the first diesel yacht to cross the Atlantic.


The Cape Cod Canal opens in 1914.


B. R. Stoddard places sixth in the Around Long Island Race of 1909.


Ostermoor claims in 1908 that its mattresses made better life preservers.


Racing on the Hudson River in 1912. The Hudson played host to a wide variety of competitions through the early years of Yachting’s life, including hotly contested iceboat races, when the river was still clean enough to freeze.


Ouch!! One of the many cartoons that appeared in Yachting throughout the first 50 years. This one shows an encounter with a cleat.


The New York Yacht Club’s first home was this tiny building at Ilysian Fields in Hoboken, N.J., shown in the magazine in 1925. The New Jersey Yacht Club occupied it later.


1917: Join the Navy to see the world and what do you see, you see the sea. Yachtsmen naturally gravitated to the Navy, and druing World War I, Yachting published a list of vounteers from a variety of yacht clubs areound the country.


The internal-combustion gasoline-fueled engine was still primitive in 1914, but the war would spark progress in leaps and bounds. This large four-cylinder engine produced only seven horsepower.


Assistant Secrety of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for binoculars in this 1917 advertisement.


Also in 1917, an article about flying boats whowed their value to the war effort.


Lt. Herbert L. Stone, USNRF, went to war and left Wililam Atkin in charge of Yachting. Atkin was a design, boatbuilder and writer. Stone returned from the war and took up the helm at Yachting for many years to come.


Sir Thomas Lipton challenged for the America’s Cup in 1920 with Shamrock IV. This portrait appeared in the July 1920 issue, along with a note from Lipton expressing his admiration for the American defenders-a brilliant marketing ploy for his brand of tea.


From the telephone to the hydroplane, Alexander Graham Bell put his brilliant mind and eft fingers to use, including creating this foil-assisted hydroplane from 1920, which had a top speed of 70 mph and rose onto its foils at about 15 mph. The cigar-shaped hull was 60 feet long.


Survival suits of 1917.

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