Saturday, December 20, 2014

Setting up Ice Yachts at the FDR Library & Museum

FDR's Hawk, getting set up in the main room of the Wallace Center Visitors Center in Hyde Park. 

The only actively sailed lateen-rigged ice yacht, Vixen.
This boat belonged to FDR's uncle John A. Roosevelt.  

Pulling Whiff out of its home barn in Staatsburg. 

Someday we'll have a longer truck...

The FDR Museum has a section called :behind the scenes." In conjunction with the Iceboat Expo, they have displayed several iceboat items from the Roosevelt collection. There are two iceboat models, including this model  of a Hudson River Ice yacht, called "Mo-Wa-The"  built circa 1914 by J. Sterling Bird. Bird was a long time member of the HRIYC and presented this to the President in the 1942.

Detail of the model "Mo-Wa-The"

Two ice yachts that were owned and sailed by John A. Roosevelt: (L-R):
Kriss (built 1898) and Vixen (built 1885). Other boats on display include Greyhound and Whiff, as well as  two "bow steerers,  "a circa 1960 Arrow class design, and a DN..

Whiff, built for the Philadelphia Centennial (1876) by Jacob Buckhout.
One of the oldest ice yachts still sailing.

FDR smiles down upon seeing ice yachts on the lawn in front of the Presidential Library, dedicated in 1941.

One of three trophies on display in the museum.
This is a trophy of the HRIYC, won by the ice yacht Eclipse, sailed by Samuel Rogers, in 1908.
Eclipse was a fifth class ice yacht owned by Edward H. Wales, commodore of the Hyde Park Ice Yacht Club.
Many ice boat sailors were members of both the HRIYC and HPIYC in the waning years of HR ice sailing (1902-1920).

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