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S the time draws nearer and steel and aluminum, the plates benearer for the great yachting of various thicknesses commen
race in which a challenger surate with the main idea of comfrom across the water will try once bining strength and lightness. The more to “lift the cup," which has steel is in the hull plates and frambeen so successfully defended by ing, while the aluminum forms the America for over fifty years, inter- deck, having a covering of canvas est grows apace and yachtsmen to give a secure foothold. All the watch carefully
the trials of fittings are either of aluminum or Shamrock III in the different waters brass, and each piece is machined of Scotland and England, with the to take away any superfluous old boat Shamrock I, in the hope of weight. The finish and accuracy of getting a line on the new boat's the workmanship is marvelous. speed. The cablegrams seem to From stem to stern are many intrishow that Shamrock III is the cate angles and curves, yet the speediest yet turned out from the whole hull does not display pityards of Messrs. William Denny mark or ripple, showing the care & Brothers at Dumbarton, Scot- which has been expended on the land. Mr. William Fife of Fairlie frame setting and plating. One nowas mainly responsible for the de- ticeable difference between Shamsign of Shamrock III, although in rock II and III is that the new laying down her lines he haš the yacht will be steered by a wheel inable assistance of Mr. G. L. Watson, stead of a tiller. whose name is intimately associated The launching of a challenger with former challengers, as well as draws the interest of all the world, with the Leven Shipyard Experi- but in the little town of Dumbarmental Tank. Indeed, the yacht ton, where the boat has been built, is the more interesting in that she and turned out, from the smallest is the first typically tank boat. child to the highest official there is
In general design she resembles an excitement that beggars descripShamrock I. Her lines are stronger
tion. On Tuesday, March 17th, and she is fuller bodied than Sham- the launching of Shamrock III took rock II. She presents a strikingly place upon the waters of the River handsome model, and impresses ex- Leven. Although in the shipbuildperts as a speedy boat and probable ing town of Dunbarton, a launchcup-lifter. Constructively she is ing is an every-day occurrence, the simply a shell of mild or nickel christening and launching of
ways; but for this auspicious occasion,
the workmen, both of the yard and engine works, declared for a holiday from breakfast time, and there was no work done in the town at and about the launching hour, which was fixed for 1:30 in the afternoon. Long before this, the workmen commenced to enter the yard, and each man received a bunch of shamrock, a gift from Sir Thomas Lipton. By one o'clock all around the shed and within the yard was black with sight seers; the river was alive with all kinds of craft, and the far-away heights of the old castle the ubiquitous general public had taken their stand.
Messrs. Denny made ample provision for those privileged
be Sir Thomas Lipton's guests.
At the bow end of the Hoisting the mast of Shamrock III.
challenger's shed there Denny's two American cup challen- was a large, sloping platform with gers will ever stand out as the most another higher and smaller one interesting of all those interesting for the members of the christening occasions.
party, and these were gay with The great ceremony had the gla- Streamers and bunting. From the mour of appropriateness thrown platform the guests had a fine view around it, as the yacht, freighted of the yacht, as she sat cradled on with Irish sentiment, was launched her pontoons, appropriately named on St. Patrick's Day.
the Rose and the Thistle. It almost seemed as if the gods At 1:30 everything was in readifavored the launching ceremony. ness for the crowning event. Lady The morning was hopelessly wet, Shaftesbury, the Countess of Mar with a gale of wind, but an hour
and Kellie, with Sir Thomas Lipbefore the time fixed for the boat's
ton, Colonel Denny and one or two release, the sun pierced the clouds and cheered the spirits of the on
others ascended the higher platlookers.
form. Mr. John Ward gave the sigIt is a time-honored custom in the
nal to the workmen below; there shipyard at Dumbarton for the work was the noise of heavy blows, a men, when a launch is about to take tremor of life in the ship, as the place, to throw down their tools Countess of Shaftesbury smashed and crowd round the launching the gaily decorated bottle of wine
over her bows, and the yacht with her crew on board ran safely down the slips.
The excitement of the moment was followed by the cheering of the multitude again and again renewed. As she broke the bottle, Lady Shaftesbury used these words: "I christen you Shamrock III; may God bless you and may you bring back the cup." The christening bottle was covered with a network of red, white and blue ribbon, the neck of the bottle being decorated with shamrock, thistle and rose.
The bouquet presented to the Countess of Shaftesbury was inade up of crimson roses, orchids and lily-ofthe-valley. On one of the ribbons of the bouquet the following was printed in gold letters: "Shamrock
Setting the mast. III; launched 17th March, 1903, at Dumbarton," and on the luncheon. Toasts and speeches other ribbon a shamrock encircled were the order of the afternoon. by a horse-shoe.
The chairman successively proposed After the launching the guests
"The King," "The Queen," "Prince adjourned to the Model Hall in the
and Princess of Wales," and the yard, where luncheon was served.
"President of the United States of The decorations were very effec
To Lord Provost Primrose fell From the roof some thirty bas- the lot to propose the toast of "Suckets of flowers had been suspended,
cess to Shamrock III," which he did linked up by broad green ribbons.
in a neat and appropriate speech. festooned with shamrocks. The
Sir Thomas Lipton, rising to reply,
received most striking feature in the deco
with a fusillade of
cheers. He thanked his guests for rations was the display of sham
their good wishes, and said he was rocks, thistles and roses, the whole floral scheme being symbolic of the
more hopeful than ever that he
would lift the cup this time. Durhistoric event. Covers were set for
ing the speech he read a telegram 170. The menu was as elaborate as
from Mr. George Watson who was the dignity of the occasion de
unable to be present through illmanded.
ness. This read as follows: "Sorry Mr. Walter Brock, the senior I cannot be with you to-day, though member of the firm of William I am almost well again. All possiDenny & Bros., presided at the ble success to Shamrock III, and
the heartiest and kindest of welcomes. My experience of my American friends is that they will give everything I want, except the cup.
After the chairman had given the health of Lady Shaftesbury, Sir Thomas Lipton arose and presented Her Ladyship with a memento of the occasion in the form of a brooch. It is in the form of a scroll of diamonds, twined about with the flag of Shamrock III and the commodore flag of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, the Shamrock flag being mounted with a border of emeralds and the latter being composed entirely of sapphires with the arms of the R. U. Y. C. enamelled, while the center is formed of a shamrock supported by a
model of the yacht, entireReady for the canvas
ly composed of diamonds.
The Earl of Shaftesbury, if the fates do not give us the desired commodore of the R. U. Y. C., made bit of luck, may they not help the a suitable reply on behalf of Lady bear. Heartiest congratulations to Shaftesbury, and after the chairmy friend Willie Fife on his beauti- man's health had been proposed by ful creation, and to Dennys on their Lord Overton, the proceedings were exquisite work.” The allusion to
brought to a close. the bear hardly needs an explana
Something like ninety pressmen tion, but it is the old story of the
and artists attended the launching man who prayed: "O Lord, if you
and they dined in the Drawing cannot help me, do not help the bear and I'll put up the toughest fightmanship of Mr. John Ward, with
Office of the yard under the chairyou have ever seen."
Mr. Leslie Denny as croupier. Only Sir Thomas Lipton's concluding one toast was honored, that of “The words were:
Builders.” It was given by Mr. W. "If it should be our good fortune M. Thomson of Boston. He said: to regain possession of this much- "They in America knew the fame coveted trophy, I am sure in Amer- of the Clyde was great; if she was ica they would not begrudge the Clyde-built, it was the superlative success. I know they all want the mark of merit in a ship. In Shambest boat to win. Indeed, I am rock III they had an example of looking forward with the greatest ship-building which they all hoped possible pleasure to my visit to
the colors of Sir America, as I know I will receive Thomas Lipton to victory. He said
this, knowing that they might pos- the town and sportmen everywhere: sibly guess from his account that "Undoubtedly it has been a great he was an American; but also that day, and all that has transpired there was a strong feeling that Sir buoys one up in the hope that it Thomas Lipton should win." The will be the last time—at least for Chairman, in thanking the speaker a spell of years—Messrs. Denny will for his kindly words, added : "Large be called upon to build a challenger. ships needed to be anchored in good Somehow, to-day's ceremony has holding grounds by large cables. uplifted us all to the pitch of feeling He believed that the cable which that "Shamrock the Perfect" is a united America and Great Britain winner and that the next call on the was growing larger and stronger Leven shipyard will be to produce every year, and bedded as it was in a defender. This is the people's the hearts of both peoples, it had verdict, despite the fifty years found holding ground of the firmest America has succeeded in being top and best, which would last and en- dog, and it is nothing more than dure for all time. Let them hope appropriate that a man like Sir that the launching that day of Sham- Thomas Lipton should be the cenrock III was another link in that tral piece in a contest which appears chain of affection which meant so to make hope 'spring eternal' on this much in the welfare of both coun- side of the Atlantic." tries."
The history of the cup itself is as A man, an expert in all that apper
follows: tains to yachts and yachting, said at During the year 1851, the Royal the close of that day, exciting for Yacht Squadron of Cowes, Isle of