Classic Sail News from 1885-1935 to present


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The purpose of this site is to encourage interest in and demand for historically accurate large classic sailing yachts. Our focus will be on schooners, brigantines, barkentines, bark and ship rigged yachts built or proposed during the half century between 1885 and 1935.  We will include both restorations and new construction of true replicas. A secondary purpose is to provide news about other types of interesting or unusual larger sailing vessels. Historical information and news gleaned from sources around the world will be presented.  We will maintain hard copies of files off-site on individual vessels which we will share on a request basis. These files will provide, with applicable permission and attribution, references to or copies of plans, photos, books, magazine and periodical articles, websites, etc. Where people currently involved with these vessels or earlier owners, crew etc. or their  descendants  are known and wish to be contacted arrangements will be made. Readers are encouraged to submit and exchange information of both current and historical interest.


Written by classicsailnews

August 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm

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  1. Dear Sirs:

    I recently came across your site in my quest forimformation on large, classic luxury yachts designed by Henry J. Gielow, NY

    My father – Joseph A. MacDonald – was Gielow’s pesident (from 1925 upon Mr. Gielow’s death – until 1935, when my father died)

    I would be interested in any information you might be willing to share with me concerning the Gielow yachts from this period.

    If you’re intested, I would gladly send you a copy of the material that I’ve developed to date on the Gielow organization, listing all the yachts (LOA >100) that were designed under my father’s tenure as the company’s second president.


    Joseph A. MacDonald

    Joseph A. MacDonald

    April 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    • Dear Joseph: I am just back from a trip out of state, it is 1:47 AM. I very much want to exchange information. More later. Best Len


      April 27, 2010 at 5:55 am

    • Dear Joseph, This is a second try at my second E-mail to you. The earlier one may have been eaten on the way. I have some more information on most of the Gielow sailing yachts mentioned, and the nautical museum here (city Island) has also. Tom Nye of the museum and I would like to compare notes with you. We would like to get together with you if that is possible. Where are you located? Best, Len Smith


      April 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm

  2. Dear Joseph, I have just arrived back from vacation, and have now had a chance to read the very nice piece you have written about the Gielow firm. I hope to share it with Tom Nye shortly, and that we can provide some information from this end. Best Len


    July 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

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