The Golden Age of Newport Yachting: Between the Wars
Newport is known as the yachting capital of the world, and it reached its zenith during the period between 1917 and 1946. Many of the nation’s captains of finance and industry skippered legendary yachts that formed an argosy of splendor that has never been eclipsed. Vincent Astor sailed off to World War I as an officer on his own yacht, the Noma, contributing to the war effort, while Harriette Goelet, a determined widow, captained her own vessel and became one of the first yachtswomen entitled to fly the New York Yacht Club’s burgee. Howard Hughes anchored in the channel, forcing a Fall River Line steamer into the bank. Notables from around the world, such as Sir Thomas Lipton, flocked to Newport once the America’s Cup found a home there in 1930. Join yachting historian Bob MacKay as he reveals the rare images and stories behind the age of “extravagant magnificence.”
By Robert B. MacKay. Published by History Press, 2021. 176 pages, softcover.