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Kelly posted 06-17-2002 12:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for Kelly   Send Email to Kelly  
We were down at Jekyll Island this weekend and I thought this was interesting. The Jekyll Island Club existed from 1886 to 1942, and was a gathering place for several wealthy families and individuals and their yachts. John Pierport Morgan would bring his yacht, the Corsair II, to the island. The Corsair II was 304'long, had a 33.5' beam, a 17' draft, and would go 19 knots. When asked about the cost of the Corsair II, Mr. Morgan replied, "If you have to consider the cost, you have no business with a yacht." Kelly
peteinsf posted 06-17-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Boy, was I way off, I saw the topic and thought it was going to be about a Vought A7 attack jet.
jameso posted 06-17-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
17 foot draft, on Jekyll? Would be interesting to know how they made it there, lot of shallow water.
Jim Armstrong
Kelly posted 06-18-2002 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
The plaque said they would anchor the boat in the channel behind the island and smaller boats would bring everybody ashore. Kelly
Jay A posted 06-20-2002 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
I believe this vessel was taken over by the U.S.Navy for the Spanish American War. She was converted to a gunboat and renamed U.S.S. Gloucester. Her main deck gun is on display outside the Gloucester City Hall in Gloucester,Ma.She landed a shore party on Puerto Rico and were 1st to raise the U.S. flag on the island. I have a picture somewhere showing her in Gloucester Harbor with her clipper bow and a sawed off bowsprit in full battle dress.

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