Harold S. Vanderbilt launches a new J-Class yacht to defend the America's Cup in races.
Bath Maine USA Date:1937, May 12 Duration:1 min 1 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A new J-Class yacht ready to go down the ways at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. On her stern are the words: "Ranger, Newport." (She will be the last J-Class yacht to defend the America's Cup in races.) Shipyard workers begin removing stays from the Ranger's hull. Owner, Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, descends ladder from cockpit of the yacht. Vanderbilt's wife, Gertrude "Gertie" Vanderbilt, stands beside the new yacht, holding a bouquet of flowers. From below, she strikes a bottle of champagne on the bow of the Ranger, to christen her. The yacht Ranger goes quickly down the ways into the water. Using a derrick, shipyard workers lower the Ranger's 154 foot mast into place, as Harold Vanderbilt watches.
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