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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