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"The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club Origins and Early History 1871-1896" 1963 STEPHENS, W. P.


Origins and Early History 1871-1896
[286] pp.

The Early Twentieth Century 1897-1940
[290] pp.

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The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club is one of the older yacht clubs in the Western Hemisphere, It is located in Centre Island, New York, with access to Long Island Sound.

The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club was founded (as the "Seawanhaka Yacht Club") in September 1871 aboard the sloop Glance, anchored off Centre Island. Glance's captain, William L. Swan, was elected Seawanhaka's first Commodore. For many years, club meetings were held aboard this flagship. In the 1880s the Club maintained a clubhouse and anchorage at Stapleton, Staten Island near the clubhouse of the New York Yacht Club. In 1881 Seawanhaka held Cup races from the New York harbor to Sandy Hook, NJ.

Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
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The club in the 1890s. Photo by John S. Johnston
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Location Centre Island, New York
Coordinates 40°54′8″N 73°30′49″WCoordinates: 40°54′8″N 73°30′49″W
Built 1891
Architect Gibson, Robert W.
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP reference No. 74001265 [2]
Added to NRHP January 8, 1974
In 1881, the club leased space on Centre Island, and the word "Corinthian" was incorporated into the club's name. In 1887 the organization leased a club house in Manhattan. Finally, in 1891-1892, the club returned to Centre Island, where a new club house was opened, and the club merged with the Oyster Bay Yacht Club.

Recognizing its important history, the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974

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