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21 January 1899 Largest Private Yacht Ever Built. Col. Payne’s New Craft Recently Launched at Bath is the Wonder and Admiration of the Yachting World – No Expense Spared in Her Construction and She Will Excel Anything Afl oat. Bath, January 20. – When the steam


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yacht APHRODITE took the water recently, there was given into the keeping of the sea-god the largest and most luxuriously appointed pleasure vessel ever constructed in this country. She will be the fl oating palace of Col. O. H. Payne, of New York City, one of America’s millionaires, who believes that the man with the money of a prince should live a princely life. When Col. Payne gave the order for the building of the boat to Mr. Charles R. Hanscom, of this city, he told him that no expense was to be spared in making the vessel the fi nest pleasure craft of her kind afl oat.


In speed, she was to be able to show a clean pair of heels to some of the fastest steamships on the seas; in size she was to exceed the dimensions of any pleasure boat in the world; in the matter of fi ttings and general decorations, she was to be as gorgeous as money and the cunning of the cleverest workman that money could procure would make her. In all these requirements, the wishes of Colonel Payne have been observed to the letter and the fi nished work will be the wonder of the yachting world. The hull of the APRODITE measures 303 feet over all 260 feet between perpendiculars, 35 feet 6 inches beam, and she will draw when loaded 16 feet of water. The steel hull of the vessel is unusually strong and rigid, and her scantings are in excess of the requirements of the rules of the American Shipmasters, British Lloyds, or U. S. Standard Association. The yacht has a fl at keel instead of the usual side bar keel. She has moderate deadrise, an easy bilge with graceful curving sides, and the usual tumble home. The bow lines fl are above the load water line so as to make the vessel more comfortable in a head sea. She is fi tted with bilge keels or rolling chocks 24-inches deep and 140 feet long.


No permanent ballast will be necessary


to insure suffi cient initial stability, but four large water ballast tanks are fi tted, two forward and two aft of the machinery space, so that the displacement can be increased,


and the trim, when light, regulated at will. The hull of the vessel is divided into fi fteen water-tight compartments. There are no less than nine athwartship steel bulkheads and no doors are cut in any of them unless absolutely necessary.


There are many innovations in the construction of this interesting vessel. The main deck is plated with heavy steel throughout the entire length. A top gallant forecastle deck is fi tted forward with full head room between it and the main deck. The large 160 foot deck house is a steel structure of great strength and rigidity, but this metal work will be concealed by handsome paneled mahogany. Large round vertical sliding air ports are fi tted in this house. These are more effi cient on an ocean-going vessel, and they also tend to give a much more “shabby” appearance than the rectangular window. There is a clear deck space of about seven feet between the rail and the deck house on each side. It is apparently the desire of the owner to secure ample deck space and freedom at sea rather than large rooms in which to entertain. The APHRODITE has a rounding stern with a medium overhang, and the stern lines of the vessel are such as warrant good behavior when running before a heavy sea. The interior arrangement of the vessel is of superb character, the wood-work being handsomely carved. The yacht is fi tted with all the modern appliances, electric lights, two search lights, storage battery, steam windlass, etc.


The engines of the APHRODITE will be


the largest ever placed on a private pleasure craft. These are four massive single-ended boilers. At natural draught, these boilers will supply steam for 3,200 horse power. There is no yacht afl oat today that is fi tted with machinery capable of developing this power at natural draught. The speed of the “APHRODITE” under steam alone, without forcing, will be at least 15 knots per hour, and this she will be able to maintain on a long run owing to her great boiler power and large coal capacity. Under forced draft, she will make over 17 knots per hour. The vessel has a splendid sail plan.


She is barge rigged, two-thirds full sail power, and will spread in all about 17,000 square feet of canvas. These sails will give steadiness in a sea-way, and in an emergency will enable her to make fair speed under canvas alone.


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