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IRIS

Year1928 May
International RuleSecond Rule
Current Statusbroken up in Michigan
DesignerBurgess, Rigg & Morgan Ltd.
BuilderAbeking & Rasmussen
Construction/Hull#2365
Length Overall21.09 m.
Waterline13.03 m.
Beam3.87 m.
Draught2.58 m.
Sail Area183 sq.m.
Constructionwood on steel frames
Original OwnerW.A.W. Stewart
Original NameIRIS
Original CountryUS
Original HomeportNew York, NY
Original Sail NumberUS 4
Owner Details & History

Built according to Inteernational Second Rule 

She is one of the six Twelve Metres ordered by the New York Yacht Club, designed by William Starling Burgess for delivery to American owners and built by Abeking & Rasmussen. The purpose was to have six yachts built exclusively for regatta for comparison sailing in the Club. Hulls were the same but deck layout, interior arrangements and rigs varied among the six yachts. The construction was composite that means that every second frame through the entire length of the hull was made of galvanized steel, the floor plates included. Planking was in Honduras mahogany., quite popular in that period. They were rapidly built in serial production in only five months and all together they were shipped to Halifax, in Canada. Once there, they were rigged and sailed to the United Staes, avoiding to pay a heavy import tax. Iris was completed in May 1928. The other yachts were: Waiandance, Isolde, Tycoon, Anitra and Onawa. Only Onawa and Anitra have survived.

1928 - 1935 W.A.W. Stewart - name: Iris - home port: Oyster Bay, NY (USA). Bermudan sloop. Entered the 1928 and 1929 class championship which was won by Tycoon but with not very brilliant results: in 1928 out of 13 starts, she had 1 first, 5 seconds and 1 third; in 1929, out of 9 starts, she had 1 first, 3 seconds and 2 thirds; in 1930 1 first, 2 second and 2 thirds out of 8 entries. Similar results were achieved in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934. In 1935 she stopped racing.

1936 - 1938 Henry L. Maxwell - home port: Greenwich, CT (USA). Engine installed. Auxiliary Bermudan sloop.

1939 - 1940 Harold W. Brooks - home port: Sag Harbor, NY (USA).

1941 - 1948 Harry Fletcher - home port: Alpena, MI (USA).

1948 - 1969 Herbert W. Hadcock from September 1948 - home port: Detroit, MI and Bay City, MI (USA).

1970 - 1972 No name given - home port: Detroit, MI (USA).

1972 Disappeared off record. Given to sea scouts. In the same year (1972), sea scouts encountered really rough weather on Lake Huron and broke the mast off. They were forced to abandon ship; a freighter was coming down the lake, found her floating and tried to get a line on her, successfully, but due to the storm the Iris went into the freighter's prop and chopped a couple feet off the bow in its prop. She was towed back in on the river and sat in the back part of the Black River Marina (now called Desmond Marina). She was scrapped/cut up a few years after she sat there. (probably around 1975).


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