UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: ESCORT as seen in Pequot Yacht Club video circa 1956

Friday, July 13, 2012

ESCORT as seen in Pequot Yacht Club video circa 1956

The 40' Sparkman & Stephens Launch ESCORT

All of a sudden day boats are the rage. Traditionally Maine day boats were simple lobster boat or bass boat types for day tripping, island excursions and days on isolated beaches. Sometimes they were used for commuting to and from summer residences on the islands. Everyone seems to be coming out with a version of this veritable old concept. One of the finest designs from the classic era would be perfectly suited to "day boat" use. This is the 40' ESCORT designed in 1940 by Sparkman & Stephens.

"Rod Stephens once told me that ESCORT was his own favorite of all the power boats designed by Sparkman & Stephens. Her lines are graceful, and definitely say 'speed'. ESCORT was used by Briggs Cunningham as 12 Meter Cup defender COLUMBIA's tender. Although she was designed as a launch, she has accommodations for two forward. Her speed in 1940 was reported to be 28 mph. What would she do with modern engines?"
Thanks to Arthur Jennings for this providing this information.

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