C1930

[Solent Sunbeam Class, Cowes]

Rare vintage photograph of three Solent Sunbeam Class boast racing at Cowes, inscribe in white on the photograph H?, Clary?, Mary. The Sunbeam was the last of a group of one-design yachts by Alfred Westmacott (1867-1936), which included the Yarmouth … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Solent Sunbeam Class, Cowes]

Date:

C1930

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Vintage photograph.

Image Size: 

282mm 
x 232mm

Paper Size: 

286mm 
x 236mm
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[Solent Sunbeam Class, Cowes] - Vintage Photograph from 1930

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1930

Description:

Rare vintage photograph of three Solent Sunbeam Class boast racing at Cowes, inscribe in white on the photograph H?, Clary?, Mary.

The Sunbeam was the last of a group of one-design yachts by Alfred Westmacott (1867-1936), which included the Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) One-Design, the Seaview Mermaid (now replaced by a new design) and the well-known and numerous X One Design.
A traditionally trained naval architect from the Victorian era, Westmacott responded to a commission in 1922 from three Hamble-based yachtsmen to design a racing dayboat by producing a boat that was not only pretty but one that could handle the boisterous conditions of the Solent.

Thirty-nine Sunbeams were built to Westmacott’s design, all of them by Woodnutt & Co. Ltd., of St. Helens, Isle of Wight, between 1922 and 1938. They were regularly raced in the Solent and at Falmouth until the outbreak of war in 1939.

Frank Beken (1880 - 1970)

Beken started their photography in 1888 when Alfred Edward Beken (1855-1915) came to Cowes & opened a pharmacy. It was his son Frank (1880-1970) who was so impressed by the classic yachts sailing off Cowes that he started the Beken Marine Photography Archive. In 1914 the ‘West’ collection of glass plates dating back to 1880 was purchased to add to his growing collection of negatives.

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