Since the turn of the century the image of the magnificent commuters – great, flashing yachts running at flank speed, racing each other down Long Island Sound or roaring swiftly down the East River – has epitomized luxury yacht building at its pinnacle. The years between the two world wars were the golden days of commuters when they were commissioned by the Vanderbilt, Stroh, and Kennedy families, but express cruisers first became popular in the 1880s when business men like J. P. Morgan began using steam yachts to travel from their country homes to the Wall Street area. In a wonderfully anecdotal text, Phil Moore reveals the history of these glamorous boats, including each vessel’s unique design, furnishings, and performance capabilities. 9780393035766, 039303576X #0721 pp. 224 illusts (Price clipped dustjacket.)
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