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1905 BORN ON THEN EASTERN COAST OF USA

INVADER was designed by Albert Stanton Chesebrough, the grandson of Nathanael Herreshoff and Edward Burgess, who were considered to be the best designers of their era. The schooner was launched on 11 July 1905 and built by the famous George Lawely & Son - South Boston shipyards – and registered in New York.

Lawely & Son, together with Nat Herreshoff, were the best American shipyards of their era. They were renowned for their construction techniques and the material they used, which made them better than the British. The Lawley shipyards produced two yachts designed by E.Burgess, in 1895 and 1896, the PURITAN and the MAYFLOWER, which both went on to challenge and win the America’s Cup

The structure and planking were in nickel steel, the ballast was made of lead and the bridge in teak. The ship had a mobile keel which brought her draught to 7.610 metres, a feature which very few designers dared to adopt in ships of this size, given the difficulty in maintaining the axis as well as the ease of pivoting of the vessel on her beam-ends. The harmony of the lines of the yacht, which ran from prow to stern, uninterrupted by motor axes or propellers must have been a wonderful sight to see on the day of her launch. The ship’s hull had been created to move through the water without risk of anything harming her, powered by more than 1067 m2 of sail. The was launched and remained in this condition until 1914.

INVADER had been commissioned by Mr. ROY A. RAINER of Cleveland, a coal magnate (more than a quintal of coal was found during the rebuilding of the yacht – see photos – which seem to symbolize the source for the birth of INVADER).
Mr ROY was keen for INVADER to take part in the 1906 Spring Cup regattas, but the boat needed more preparation time and the crew (of 28 to 35 members) needed to train more. And without these things, there would be no hope of competing against the sacred monsters of the America’s Cup who that year frequented the waters around New York and Newport. The adversaries were the Vanderbilts, Morgans, Astors and Goulds, not to mention the ones from the Old Continent like Kaiser Wilhelm II or Sir Thomas Lipton, the richest men in the world who owned the fastest yachts in the world.

Now we’ve seen most of the history of INVADER and her regattas, the Transpac for example, her moments of glory, her adventures and also her decline, which began with the Second World War. But now, at nearly 100 years of age, INVADER is proud to be born again, to tell everyone about her past.