Vencedor: The Story of a Great Yacht and of an Unsung Herreshoff Hero in the Golden Age of Yachting (Hardcover)

Vencedor: The Story of a Great Yacht and of an Unsung Herreshoff Hero in the Golden Age of Yachting By Charles Axel Poekel Cover Image
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Impeccably researched and colorfully told, Vencedor is a fascinating account of not just a racing sailboat storied for its exploits and victories, but of the man who built it: Danish-American naval engineer Thorvald Julius Schougaard Poekel. Vencedor would distinguish itself in a series of highly competitive races between the United States and Canada on what has been called "the great unsalted sea"--the Great Lakes--that led to the creation of "Canada's Cup," one of the most prestigious yachting events in the world. Vencedor, a 65-foot sloop, was built by the Racine Boat Manufacturing Company, which had hired Poekel away from the renowned Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island, where he had been the chief draftsman. In this magnetic and revealing account of a bvgone era and the heated competition lies subtext of a question the author, Thorvald Poekel's great-grandson, has long wondered about. During Poekel's tenure with the Herreshoffs, the company made some of the fastest and most famous yachts in the world. Although Nathanael Greene Herreshoff signed almost all plans alone, the name T. Sch. Poekel appears on several. The Chicago Tribune and newspapers in Racine reported that Mr. Poekel had been the real designer of Defender, Niagara, and Vigilant. Vencedor examines the question: Did he or didn't he?

About the Author

Charles Axel Poekel Jr. is a graduate of the George Washington University and Washington College of Law of American University. He is a former member of the New Jersey State Historical Commission and is chairman of the Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society of New York City. He is a member of the Maritime Society of America and the Association of Yachting Historians. His other books are West Essex and Babe & The Kid: The Legendary Story of Babe Ruth and Johnny Sylvester. Together with his wife Lynn and flame point Himalayan Mr. Whiskers he spends his time between Marion, Massachusetts, and Palm Beach, Florida. He is the great-grandson of Thorvald Julius Schougaard Poekel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781493052929
ISBN-10: 1493052926
Publisher: Sheridan House
Publication Date: September 1st, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English