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Clara was a composite cutter designed by William Fife Jr and built by Culzean Ship Building Company of Ayrshire, Scotland in 1884. In June 1885 she was sold to Charles Sweet who sent her to New York where she sailed her first race on Sept 18, 1885 winning her class. She subsequently won almost every race she was entered in and did much to fuel the "cutter-craze" then prevalent.
Photo taken on the day of the Decoration Day of the Atlantic Yacht Club.
See also: Henry Peabody R.A.Y. #34
cutters (sailing vessels)
Stebbins negative 913
Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection
Stebbins, N. L. (Nathaniel Livermore), 1847-1922 (Photographer)
Atlantic Yacht Club Decoration Day
(1974.). Steamers, schooners, cutters, and sloops; the marine photographs of N. L. Stebbins taken from 1884 to 1907. Selected and annotated by W. H. Bunting.. Published for Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, by Houghton Mifflin Co.,, p. 47.