AZOR (HMC0 #578) was commissioned for J. Malcolm Forbes of Boston, MA. Forbes was a coal, iron, railroad magnet and Boston Brahmin. He owned & skippered PURITAN the 1885 America’s Cup Defender. AZOR was lost in the hurricane of 1938. TRIVIA (HMCo #580) was built for Harold S. “Mike” Vanderbilt.
TRIVIA was a full-keel boat based on AZOR (HMCo #578). Great Grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, he skippered ENTERPRISE the 1930 America’s Cup defender; RAINBOW the 1934 Cup defender and RANGER the 1937 Cup defender. TRIVIA was a gift for Harold’s 16th Birthday and he sailed it or more than 30 years out Newport. Harold Vanderbilt’s 150-foot luxury yacht VARA was tender to TRIVIA and patiently graced the finish lines.
NELLIE’S TENDER (HMCO #222) NELLIE’S accommodations below were graced with beautiful cabinetry but would have been considered fairly sparse in their day for cruising — spacious enough for a professional crew but hardly adequate for wealthy yachtsmen and their guests to spend the night. They were essentially glorified day sailers for owners who could afford more luxurious yachts for tenders.
PARTHENIA (HMCo #222) a 131-foot wooden-hulled steam yacht built for Morton Plant by the Herreshoff’s in 1902, served as NELLIE’S tender.