I already said in a very recent post that I don’t think if they’re still building Alden yachts these days. I was completely right. Such marvels, like this one built in 1938 for General Patton in his hope for a world cruise, are not being indeed built anymore. Gen. Patton died before he could tour the world in his yacht, but the beautiful schooner remains today, fully functional.
John Gale Alden (1884–1962) was an American naval architect and founder of Alden Designs, a prominent yacht design company. Alden who grew up in Rhode Island was inspired by the local fisherman and regattas and when his family moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1900 the docked Grand Banks fishing schooners inspired his later designs. He have worked under yacht designer Edward Burgess and later for his son Harling Burgess, both designers for the America’s Cup.
He produced more than one thousand designs before retiring and over one hundred after that. He founded the Alden Design Office in 1909 and his design office was, by 1932, known worldwide in part due to his “Malabar” designs success on the offshore racing scene; Malabar IV won the Newport–Bermuda race in 1923, Malabar VII won it in 1926 and Malabar X won overall in 1932, with his other designs occupying the top four places. His designs have been donated by the company to MIT’s Hart Nautical Collection.
This post is going to be shorter than others. One more superb plan:
The parent corporation to John G. Alden of Massachusetts decided in 2008 to close the Alden offices and donate the Alden design collection to MIT’s “Hart Nautical Collection”. The designs are somehow on the public domain, and one may solicit even a list of Alden yacht owners from that remaining presentation website.
(pictures used in this post are from yachtworld.com )
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