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Mayflower was the victorious U.S. defender of the sixth America's Cup in 1886 against Scottish challenger Galatea.

Yacht club New York Yacht Club
Nation United States
Designer(s)Edward Burgess
BuilderGeorge Lawley & Son
Owner(s)Charles Jackson Paine
Racing career
SkippersMartin V.B. Stone
Notable victories
America's Cup1886
Displacement110 tons
Length30.55 m (100.2 ft) (LOA)
26.06 m (85.5 ft) (LWL)
Beam7.19 m (23.6 ft)
Draft3.00 m (9.84 ft)(centerboard up)
6.10 m (20.0 ft)(centerboard down)
Sail area774 m2 (8,330 sq ft)


The sloop Mayflower was the second America's Cup defender designed by Edward "Ned" Burgess, built by George Lawley & Son and launched in 1886 for owner General Charles J. Paine of Boston. It was built entirely of wood: oak and hard pine.[1] It was skippered by Martin V.B. Stone.



In the trials, Mayflower defeated the yachts Puritan (Burgess' first victorious Cup defender), Priscilla, and Atlantic, and was subsequently selected to defend the 1886 Cup.

By 1889 the sloop had been purchased by F. Townsend Underhill, who had it altered to become a schooner. In 1905 Lady Eva Barker bought the vessel and outfitted it with an engine. She chartered it to adventurer Guy Hamilton Scull in 1908 on an expedition seeking the treasure of a sunk Spanish galleon off Jamaica. Mayflower was sunk itself off Cuba in a hurricane during this expedition, and the crew rescued by passing steamers.

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