No idea, but wow, sweet boats & a beautiful shot. Thanks! PS - are we getting to you on the Hawaii thing? :DI am sure having fun lobbying!
I was hoping that someone would have identified these by now.The best I can do is that they look like the New York 30 that Nat Herreshoff drew as a one design class for members of the NYYC around 1915.But I think these boats are smaller than that.
I was hoping that O Docker was going to take a stab at this.
They look like something my grandfather used to sail on the River Crouch at Burnham on Sea, Essex
These are Lasers before they outlawed the bowsprits and gaffs and shortened the boat because the skipper couldn't get anyone to crew for him a second time. Once was enough with those angry old guys (no women skippers in those days).
Wow, is that how the Laser came to be? You learn such amazing things on teh interweb...
O Docker was close. The boats are actually Newport 30's built in the 1890s by the Hereshoff Manufacturing Co. The boats (from left to right) are Musme, Carolina, and Wawa. The photo date is June 16, 1896 and is believed to be a start at an Atlantic Yacht Club regatta. (Atlantic Yacht Club is in Brooklyn.)The photo is from the yacht photography of J.S. Johnston.
Phew, glad to hear it wasn't something I should have guessed!