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Launching of the yacht CORSAIR (IV) at Bath Iron Works, 1930

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Launching of the yacht CORSAIR (IV) at Bath Iron Works, 1930

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The steel-hulled, turbo-electric-powered CORSAIR was the fourth yacht by that name owned by J. P. Morgan and his family.

CORSAIR (IV) was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath and was the largest yacht ever built in the U.S. She measured 2,142 gross tons, register length 300 feet, length over all 343 feet.

Morgan used her for 10 years, mostly on the East Coast and in the West Indies. She was given to the British Royal Navy during World War II, and then was a luxury cruise ship on the West Coast until being wrecked near Acapulco in 1949.

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  • Title: Launching of the yacht CORSAIR (IV) at Bath Iron Works, 1930
  • Creator: Thompson, Perry
  • Creation Date: 1930-04-10
  • Subject Date: 1930-04-10
  • Local Name: Kennebec River
  • Town: Bath
  • County: Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 19 cm x 24 cm
  • Local Code: Neg. No. 03548
  • Collection: Maine Maritime Museum Library Photographic Reference Collection, PC-3
  • Object Type: Image

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