Galatea (yacht)

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British yacht Galatea.
Yacht club  Royal Northern Yacht Club
Nation  United Kingdom
Designer(s) John Beavor-Webb
Launched May 1885
Owner(s) Lieutenant William Henn, R.N.
Fate sold for scrap January 1912
Racing career
America's Cup 1886
Length 31.22 m (102.4 ft) (LOA)
26.45 m (86.8 ft) (LWL)
Beam 4.57 m (15.0 ft)
Draft 4.16 m (13.6 ft)
Sail area 675.45 m2 (7,270.5 sq ft)

Galatea was the unsuccessful Scottish challenger of the sixth America's Cup race in 1886 against American defender Mayflower.


Galatea, a gaff cutter, was designed by John Beavor-Webb and built in 1885 for owner Lieutenant William Henn, R.N. of the Royal Northern Yacht Club.

The all-metal Galatea had a steel frame, a lead-filled steel keel, and a riveted steel-planked hull, painted white. The deck was teak.


Galatea was launched in May 1885. After a series of mostly losses in British races, the owner and his wife sailed to New York in the summer of 1886.

Galatea lost both races in the September 1886 America's Cup in New York to the American defender Mayflower. During these 1886 voyages, Galatea had a monkey named Peggy on board as a mascot. The monkey became ill and died and was buried in Brooklyn, NY.[1]

Following his defeat, he challenged General Paine of the Mayflower to a private rematch, and in the spring of 1887 was defeated again. Won the Queen's Jubilee Cup Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Regatta in Halifax N.S. 20 August 1887.

From 1888 until 1894, Mr. and Mrs. Henn lived aboard Galatea in Britain. Following Lt. Henn's death in 1894, Mrs. Henn continued to live aboard the yacht until her death in 1911.

In January 1912, the Galatea was sold for scrap and broken up.

Galatea afterdeck


  1. ^ "The Galatea's Mascot Dead". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 2, 1886.

External links

Media related to Galatea (ship, 1886) at Wikimedia Commons

  • America's Cup's Ac-clopaedia
  • The 19th Century Yacht Photography of J.S. Johnston

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