UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Schooner BRILLIANT at Southport Harbor in 1947

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Schooner BRILLIANT at Southport Harbor in 1947

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Photo taken in Southport Harbor in 1947

61-foot BRILLIANT was built in 1932 at the Henry B. Nevins shipyard in City Island, New York. Designed by Sparkman and Stephens, she was raced for many years and served with the Coast Guard during World War II.

Schooner Brilliant has the reputation of being one of the highest quality wooden yachts ever built in the United States. Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York were her builders and Olin Stephens her designer. She crossed the Atlantic in 1933, sailing from the Nantucket Lightship to Bishop's Rock in the record time of 15 days, one hour and 23 minutes. She has participated in several Bermuda races and transatlantic voyages. During World War II she served with the Coast Guard as a patrol picket vessel. After the war, Briggs Cunningham, bought her at auction, restored her and in 1953 donated her to the Museum.

Brilliant - Auxiliary Schooner
Adult Sailing Programs aboard Schooner Brilliant

Thanks to Arthur Jennings for providing all of this information and history regarding this incredible sailboat.

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