Rare and exceptional log book from the Resolute with entries from May 2 to August 5, 1914, many pertaining to elimination races leading up to the America's Cup race (1920) between Resolute and Vanite and Resolute, Vanite and Defiance. Most entries handwritten in pencil; some are typed. The entry on page 197 August 5th reads: "Bob came onboard 11 p.m. & told us racing was off for the year." (The first battle of World War I began that day when the German army launched an assault on Liege, Belgium). Contemporary pictorial cloth binding.
The log book contains 202 pages and describes approximately 16 races between June 2nd and August 4th, 2014. Some of the race descriptions have newspaper printed race results applied to the pages. Pages 202 and 204 have typed listing titled "RESOLUTE SAILS AND WHEN USED". There are nine types of sails represented and the list of days the specific sail was put to use. Inserted and loose in the log book are three sheets on official stationery with the "Secretary New York Yacht Club" letter-head in red for the years 1914, 1915 and 1920. All three sheets show the dates of each race in chronological order and provide the Windward, Reach and Run times. The log book has a beautiful contemporary red leather binding with a custom cloth "clam shell" box with red leather labels in the front and spine. (MI-784)
Note 1: The Resolute was the last America's Cup defender designed and built by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff. Owned by a syndicate of New York Yacht Club members, she was christened by Grace Vanderbilt and launched April 25, 1914. In Defender Selection Trials that spring and summer she beat both the Vanitie and Defiance and set a course record off Sandy Hook.
After the outbreak of World War I in August of 1914, the America's Cup races were postponed. When racing recommenced in 1920, the Resolute prevailed in the trials and successfully defended the Cup in July against the Shamrock IV.
Note 2: Alan Granby and Janice Hyland have written a series of books titled "The Holy Grail of Yachting: The Art of the America's Cup". These books describe all known America's Cup log books and illustrates them as follows:
1851 Log of "Yacht America" Volume I Pages 134-136 in the collection of the New York Yacht Club
1886 Log of "Yacht Galatea" Volume II Page 273 in the collection of The Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club
1887 Log of "Yacht Thistle" Volume II Pages 346-347 in the collection of The Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club
1903 Log of "Yacht Reliance" Volume IV Pages 184-185 in the collection of Mystic Seaport
The 1914 log book described above is the only known original America's Cup log book in private hands. Unlike the other log books, this log book describes the America's Cup trial races for the year 1914 and there is no log book for the America's Cup races for that year since the Cup was postponed for WWI and was not picked up again until 1920 when Resolute won the America's Cup against Shamrock IV.
Provenance: Purchased directly from a Wharton family descendant. The Whartons were a Philadelphia family with longtime ties to Jamestown, Rhode Island.