“Volunteer” and “Viking”. The Auckland Anniversary Regatta of January 29th, 1894.

“Volunteer” and “Viking”. The Auckland Anniversary Regatta of January 29th, 1894.
Passing North Head on their way to the finish off Queens Wharf, “Volunteer” is just ahead of “Viking” in a very close race during the 1894 Auckland Anniversary Regatta. Two smaller yachts in the “open boat” class also have a close battle. The paddle wheel steam ferry “Victoria” follows the first class yachts with a capacity crowd of sightseers. In the background is the “Muritai”, also racing in the first class division.

A fresh westerly wind is blowing with clouds casting shadows on the water in the foreground and over a part of Rangitoto in the background.

“Volunteer” won the race ‘on line’ but “Viking” beat her on handicap.

“Volunteer” was built in Sydney in 1888 and bought by Tom Henderson in 1893 and sailed to New Zealand. She was wrecked in a hurricane at Levuka, Fiji, in 1915. “Viking” was designed by Charles Bailey and launched in time for the 1894 regatta for the Bloomfield brothers, Jack, Henry and Ernest. She dominated the first class division until 1897 when “Thelma” was launched. “Viking” is still sailing after having undergone a recent restoration.
Dimensions22" x 30"
MediaOil on canvas


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