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H. E. Boucher Mfg. Company , b. 905, Boucher established his own naval model-making studio

Corsair III

37 in. x 85 in. (93.98 cm x 215.9 cm)

Medium and Support: Ship model
Credit Line: Gift of Junius S. Morgan
Accession Number: 1931.S8
Current Location: On view : GC2


Steam Yacht

Built at Newburgh, New York, in 1899
Length 304 ft. overall; Length 254 ft. at waterline; Beam 33 ft. 4 in.; Depth 15 ft. 6 in.; Tonnage 1136 tons

One of the best known, as well as one of the largest American yachts, the Corsair was designed by J. Beavor Webb and built by W. A. Fletcher Company for J. Pierpont Morgan. For thirty years she was a familiar sight along the New England coast, she made many transatlantic crossings to Europe and cruised extensively in the Mediterranean and the West Indies. During World War I, she was taken over by the United States Navy and was based at Brest, where she served as flagship of the European station. The chevrons on her funnel testify to this service. In 1929, Mr. Morgan presented the Corsair to the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey; after twelve years of peaceful survey work she was refitted for duty in the Pacific theatre. In 1944, needing excessively expensive repairs, she was ordered to be broken up and her flag was hauled down for the last time.

Adapted from Robert E. Peabody, "Corsair" catalogue entry in ed. John Ratté, Models of American Sailing Ships, rev. ed. (Andover, MA: Addison Gallery of American Art, 1994), 102

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