Four masted ship headed toward left in image. Smaller sailboats in distance on right. Flying American flag off to right. Three men working sails on deck to left; three in conversation at right end. Ship statistics listed to left and right of title.
American yacht clubs were founded and incorporated throughout the latter part of the 19th century. Members, such as those belonging to the New York City Yacht Club, competed against other members of the club and also set out to prove themselves against the British. Although the British did not initially want to participate in such contests, when the yacht America sailed into the English Channel after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, British yachters accepted the challenge. The American ship effortlessly defeated the British ship Laverock. The America then raced against 17 of the finest vessels from the Royal Yacht Squadron. Again, the America proved superior and claimed the trophy, a large silver urn, which later came to be known as the America’s Cup. Currier & Ives capitalized on American pride in the victory over the British and published several prints commemorating the America, the yacht’s many successful races and the trophy.