Yachts International - - En­gage - —allen Briggs, Ware­ham, Mass.

On page 112 of your May/June is­sue, “The Bit­ter End,” a great photo of the steam yacht is shown. The cap­tion above the photo claims this is the 178-foot Vik­ing built in 1909 by Pusey & Jones for Ge­orge F. Baker, Jr. How­ever, the photo is re­ally the 272-foot Vik­ing built in 1929 by New­port News Ship­build­ing & Dry Dock Co. Both yachts were de­signed by Theodore D. Wells for Ge­orge Baker, Jr. . Mr. Briggs: Thank you for your let­ter and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­search ma­te­ri­als. of­ten we have lit­tle to go on writ­ing those cap­tions. The power of the images is what pro­pels our in­ter­est in them. We source our Bit­ter end pho­tos from the col­lec­tions of The Mariners’ Mu­seum in new­port news, vir­ginia. In this case, we pub­lished what lit­tle in­for­ma­tion the mu­seum had on the photo. Look­ing at it again, the Vik­ing pic­tured cer­tainly looks larger than 178 feet. We may have to give you that one.

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