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The Yachtsman

The Brunel Institute’s collection of The Yachtsman date from 1891 to 1907. The periodicals were published in London and are fascinating reading for anyone interested in all aspects of yachting in the UK and the world. Its pages feature everything from articles on cruising and canoeing to late-Victorian adverts for the yacht enthusiast.

Vol. X covers the issues published between 29 August 1895 to 26 December 1895. It includes a fascinating, ongoing debate about the “Valkyrie III”, Lord Dunraven’s yacht which competed in the ninth America’s Cup race and was defeated by American-owned “Defender” in all three Cup races. After his defeat, Lord Dunraven claimed that the Americans had cheated sparking off a heated controversy that threatened to end the America’s Cup race.