Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland, April 16th 2007. Today the keel was laid of the new schooner ATLANTIC at the Van der Graaf yard. Two keel sections have been built upside down and by turning them the official moment of the laying of the keel was constituted. Seven more sections are being constructed to complete this strikingly large and slender three masted yacht. By the end of the year the motorized vessel will be launched, after which fitting out and rigging is expected to take another two years.
The keel was laid of the new schooner ATLANTIC at the Van der Graaf yard. Two keel sections have been built upside down and by turning them the official moment of the laying of the keel was constituted. Seven more sections are being constructed to complete this strikingly large and slender three masted yacht. By the end of the year the motorized vessel will be launched, after which fitting out and rigging is expected to take another two years.
The original yacht was launched on July 28th 1903 and gained enduring fame in 1905 under command of the notorious captain Charlie Barr winning the golden Kaiser’s Cup in a race from New York to The Lizard on the south-west coast of England. The cup appeared to be a plated fake later, but the mono hull record time of 12 days, 4 hours and 1 minute stood for 100 years, until it was broken in 2005 by Mari-Cha IV, setting a time of 9 days, 15 hours and 55 minutes in the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge.
The ATLANTIC was designed by William Gardner and built by Townsend & Downey, Shooter Island, New York. The length of the schooner is 69.24 m. With her beam of 8.85 meters (29’) and draft of 5.00 meters (16’5) her displacement was 395 tons. The replica is commissioned by Dutchman Ed Kastelein. He gathered copies of drawings of the original schooner from various archives in the USA, amongst which the MIT Museum in Massachusetts, which Doug Peterson, acting as consulting naval architect, has digitized guaranteeing the authenticity of the lines and floatation. The structural designs for the construction by today’s methods and materials, like welded instead of riveted hulls, have been produced by the naval engineering company MasterShip at Eindhoven. They too have completed the task of updating the design without changing an inch to the sacred aesthetics of the original. The building takes place under Bureau Veritas classification for charter yachts.
140 tons of Lloyds grade A certified steel have been plasma cut into 3,000 pieces of different shape and thickness.
30m³ of teak are drying to be spread out over the deck and around the bulwark and 58m³ of mahogany are waiting to be used for the interior paneling. The teak deck houses and hatches and are being copied meticulously from illustrations of the original. The winches with bronze drums to contemporary design will be powered electrically, unlike the original steam driven units. For equipment like the anchor chain stopper, stanchions (пиллерс), belaying pins and pin rails new casting patterns are custom manufactured based on original designs. From the different sail plans of the original the record setting 1905 rig of 1,720m² (18,500 square feet) has been chosen for the recreated yacht. The original rigging had tapered steel tubes for the lower masts and bowsprit, but only the bowsprit will remain in steel.
Back in 1903 the ATLANTIC was built as a true mega yacht with every imaginable luxury at the time, like electrical power, refrigeration and warm running water. But in terms of comfort below decks she would still not bear comparison with the new schooner, which eventually will serve for luxury charters. The main saloon will be finished Colonial style with mahogany panels and furniture. The staterooms too will be executed in mahogany and light cream colors will prevail. Accommodation is foreseen for twelve guests, including a large master stateroom with library. A modern galley will assure the catering and a pantry and laundry will provide for the household backup. The captain’s cabin is aft and crew quarters for 10 are located in the forepeak with separate deck access.
ATLANTIC will be sailing again soon and she will be as breathtakingly beautiful as ever. The myth is being created!
For further information, please, contact:
John Lammerts van Bueren
Tel: + 31 6 53 19 53 53
Martin A. Romein
Tel: + 31 6 51 61 25 97
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