The LIBERTY a 12-metre yacht was built for the America Cup Race at Newport, Rhode Island.
Built by Newport Offshore Ltd. at Newport for the Freedom Campaign ’83 SUNY at Fort Schuyler. The designer of the yacht was Johan Valentijn.
June 1983 launched as LIBERTY (US 40).
Displacement 28.5 ton, dim. 20.11 x 3.74 x 2.77m. (draught), length on waterline 13.71m.
Sail area 169.55 m².
Skipper Dennis Conner.
She was defender of the New York Yacht Club in 1983 the challenger was the Australian yacht AUSTRALIA II of the Royal Perth Yacht Club.
The race was sailed from 14 September till 26 September in which the LIBERTY won three races and the AUSTRALIA II won four races and was declared the winner of the cup, after 132 years the cup was lost by the USA.
1986 The LIBERTY was sold to the Sail America Foundation in San Diego, CA. USA.
1988 Sold to America Cup Organizing Committee, San Diego, not renamed.
1989 Sold to Japan, not renamed.
Her whereabouts are unknown but it is believed she sunk in Kobe , Japan in the early 1990’s.
Antigua 1987 $5 sgMS1076, scott
Barbuda 1987 $5 sgMS940. scott
Grenada of Grenadines 1992 $2 sg1583, scott
Belize 1987 75c sg986, scott (the stamp gives that the STAR AND STRIPES is showed but the sail No is US 40 which belongs to the LIBERTY.)
18 May 1942 launched under the name AGIR.
Tonnage 676 gross, 199 net. Dim. 186.0 x 29.1ft.
Powered by a 9-cyl. Sulzer diesel engine, ?hp, speed ?.
After the war taken by the United Kingdom and brought to England.
Rebuilt in a salvage tug, renamed HERCULES in 1949.
1950 Based at Gibraltar.
1954 Sold to Denizicilik Bankasi T.A.O., Kurturlu A.S., Istanbul, renamed in HORA.
From 1954 till 1958 as salvage tug at Büyükedere, Turkey.
From 1958 till 1968 as salvage tug at Izmir, Turkey.
1968 Taken over by the Port Authorities of Izmir and used as stationary pilot boat by Izmir port.
1970 Sold to Maden Tetkik Arama, and rebuild in an oceanographic survey vessel, the company is controlled by the Turkish Government.
Renamed in MTA SISMIK-I.
Tonnage 750 gross, 275 net, 353 dwt. Dim. 56.75 x 8.87 x 3.96m. (draught)
Powered by one Nohab-Polar diesel, 1.050 hp., one propeller, speed 13 knots.(most probably her engine then also replaced)
Bunker capacity 100 tons.
Number of berths total for 42 persons.
1972 She came in the news when there was a conflict between Greece and Turkey over coastal waters around Greek islands near the Turkish coast. The MTA SISMIK-I sailed then to these waters under escort of Turkish destroyers to carry out some survey work.
2006 given by http://www.equasis.org IMO No. 5154806, owned and managed by MTA Enstitusu at Istanbul.
Call sign TCVR.
Source: Lloyds Register 1955/56. Navicula. Some web-sites.