Shamrock (yacht)

"Shamrock" was the unsuccessful Irish challenger for the 10th America's Cup in 1899 against the United States defender, "Columbia".


"Shamrock" was designed by third-generation Scottish boatbuilder, William Fife III, Jr., and built in 1898 by J. Thorneycroft & Co., at Millwall on the Thames near London, England for owner Sir Thomas Lipton of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club (and also of Lipton Tea fame).

"Shamrock" was built of all-metal construction, with a steel frame and a pine deck. She was skippered by Captain Archibald "Archie" Hogarth.


"Shamrock" (also known as "Shamrock I", to distinguish it from its successors) was built in 1898 under a shroud of secrecy, and christened by Lady Russell of Killowen at its launch on June 24, 1899.

During its trials it raced against the 1895 America's Cup challenger, "Valkyrie III", as well as twice beating the Prince of Wales' royal yacht, "Britannia" in regattas on the Solent. It sailed to New York for the America's Cup race in the summer of 1899. The Cup defender "Columbia" beat "Shamrock" in all three races. It returned to Britain in the autumn of 1899, towed by Lipton's steam yacht, "Erin". It was subsequently refitted by Lipton and used as a "trial horse" to test the later challengers, "Shamrock II", "III", and "IV".


* Overall length: 38.86 m
* Length at water line: 25.12 m
* Beam (width): 7.46 m
* Draft: 6.15 m
* Displacement: 156.9 tonnes
* Sail area: 1214.30m2

References and External links

* [ America's Cup's Ac-clopaedia]
* [ The 19th Century Yacht Photography of J.S. Johnston]

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