Built as a 12-metre class yacht for the Constellation Syndicate, Oyster Bay NY. by Miniford Yacht Yard, City Island, NY. For The Constellation Syndicate (Walter Gubelmann) of the New York Yacht Club.
She was built of double planked mahogany over oak frames.
Designed by Olin J. Stephens.
1964 Launched as the CONSTELLATION US 20.
Displacement 29 tons, dim. 20.83 x 3.66 x 2.66m (draught), length on waterline 14.02m.
Sail area 170 m².
She defeated in the America Cup held from 15 till 21 September 1964 at Newport, Rhode Island and skippered by Eric Ridder the challenger of the Royal Thames Yacht Club the SOVEREIGN skippered by Paul Anderson 4 – 0.
1966 Sold to Pierre E Goemans at Monte Carlo, Monaco, not renamed.
1979 Sold to L’Asoc Francais pour “la Coupe de l’America” at Hyéres, France, not renamed and used as trial horse for a French syndicate.
January 1980 sold to Security Change Ltd. Hamble, U.K. not renamed and already February 1980 sold to the British Industry 1500 Syndicate at London not renamed.
Used by the British as a trial horse, things are getting then a little murky, some sources give she sank early 1980s off Turkey under tow, but the 12 metre class gives that she in 1994 still was owned by the British Industry 1500 Syndicate, but at the internet in 2014 I can’t find anything on her after 1980s.
Sierra Leone 1987 50 le sgMS1016, scott843
Solomon Islands 1986 18c sg570a, scott573c
Source: Internet. http://www.12mrclass.com/yacht-search/d ... 05429.html
17 August 1876 keel laid down.
01 July 1878 launched under the name HMS CHAMPION one of the Comus class of which nine were built. She was the third vessel under this name in the Royal Navy.
Displacement: 2.380 tons, dim. 225.0 (bpp) x 44.6 x 19.3ft.
Powered by a 3-cyl. horizontal compound steam engine 2310 ihp., speed 13 knots, single shaft.
Bunker capacity 470 tons coal, range by 10 knots 3.840 miles.
Armament: 2 x 7 inc MLR, 12 x 64 pdr. guns.
Ship rigged, and fitted out with a hoisting screw.
Underwater hull was copper sheathed.
07 December 1880 completed, based at Sheerness.
The intention was to use the class as scout vessel for the fleet but due to the slow speed, the class was mainly used for protection across the globe.
The class was designed by Nathaniel Barnaby.
Around 1885 rearmed with 4 – 6 inch BL MK III, 8 – 5 inch BL MK III, 4 – 3pdr. BL QF and two light guns., 6 – MG. and two TCs.
April 1886 she visited Amoy, China.
1890 Based in the Pacific.
August 1891 under command of Capt. Frederick St Clair, co-operated with some French, American and German warships by landing men at Valparaiso, Chile to protect the western consulates during a Chilean revolution.
1893 She visited Pitcairn Island under command of Capt. Rookes. He prepared a criminal code and reorganized the Governments system on the island.
26 June 1897 present at the Naval Review at Spithead in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
1904 Placed in harbour duty, and became a stokers training ship in Chatham,
1915 Renamed CHAMPION (old) when a new CHAMPION was built.
23 June 1919 sold to Hughes Bolckow, Blyth for scrapping.
Pitcairn Island 1988 $5 sg 326 and 1999 $3 sg 552.
Source: Conways All the World’s Fighting Ships 1860 – 1905. The Sail & Steam Navy List by Lyon & Winfield.