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Marine Photos ARE Coming 1907 Bermuda Race, Dervish!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

1907 was the second year of the running of the famed Bermuda Race from New York City to Hamilton Bermuda and was won as they say by MILES by a Maritime legend. The Boat was the 85 foot sloop  “Dervish” which arrived 5 hours ahead of Lila another class boat in the race.

The following year in 1908 “Dervish won again.  The yacht was owned by the renowned yachtsman Henry Morss the then Commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead Massachusetts.  The Dervish made the trip in a stunningly fast 89 hours.

In 1908 the start of the race was moved from New York City to Marblehead as it gave a better alignment nautically for the race  to the Island.  To this day, the Dervish remains a sailing legend on the island and in many other places as well.

Fast forward to the 1990’s and the passing of Sherman Morss {Henry’s Son} in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. Sherman was a highly regarded and well known yachtsman himself and owner of the J-Boat “Rainbow” an America’s Cup Contender.  Sherman Morss was a supporter of yachting and “The Cup” all his life.

I had the opportunity to meet him a few years before he died, he wasn’t well, BUT he was still a classically great New England guy. After he passed away my then business partner Robert Landry and I handled the personal property and conducted the subsequent auction of Sherman Morss’s estate.

Included in the auction was a considerable amount of Yachting material and memorabilia.  Included among one lot I bought myself at the sale a wooden box containing over 100 Class Plate Positive slides taken aboard the Dervish during the race to Bermuda. 

Recently we found the ONLY company capable of creating true black and white processed images onto archival paper from very Hi Resolution Scans (3200 DPI) of these great glass plates. We will be offering these here under the Maritime catagory.

In addition we will also be offering other images including Marblehead and Gloucester harbors during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Some done by Eleanor Park Custis and scanned from proof images from her original large negatives.