City Island Nautical Museum Celebrates
Its America’s Cup History
This is the year for the America’s Cup competition, which is being held in San Francisco Bay from July 4 to September 22. To celebrate City Island’s long history with America’s Cup competitions, the City Island Nautical Museum has created a new exhibition, which opened on August 11, offering a rare opportunity for visitors to appreciate, through the eyes of artists past and present, how City Island contributed to this event, the oldest active international sporting event.
City Island boats led a 110-year string of 24 successful campaigns to defend the cup, beginning with Magic, an 84-foot schooner that had been rebuilt in the David Carll Shipyard in 1869, and ending with Freedom, built at the Minneford Shipyard in 1980. Every contender from 1903 to 1958 carried its inventory of sails made by Ratsey & Lapthorn, which had a loft on City Island from 1900 to 1982. Ironically, in 1983, when City Island no longer had a connection to the defense of the America’s Cup, the USA suffered its first loss of the trophy.
This new exhibition is curated by Cheryl Brinker and features works by local City Island artists, objects from the museum’s collection, and photographs of these elegant sailboats. Also on exhibit will be a selection of hand-colored etchings of America’s Cup boats by Mark Whitcombe.
Please join us for an opening reception on Sunday, September 15 at 2:00 pm.
Welcome to the City Island
We are delighted to introduce you to one of the most interesting communities in New York City, City Island, a small island with a rich nautical history. Much of its colorful past is preserved in the Museum, which is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by special appointment. The Museum is open for the season with a new exhibition featuring the Yacht and Boat Clubs of City Island.
This web site will give you the opportunity to take a quick tour of the Museum’s interesting exhibits, some of them dedicated to City Island’s famous yacht-builders who contributed to the successful defense of the America’s Cup. Through this on-line collection, the Museum offers a sampling of the images of boats and historic views that are part of its archives, as well as graduation photographs from City Island schools and pictures of City Island life past and present.
The museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to Council Member James Vacca, and by the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund Regrants Program, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council.
The City Island Nautical Museum was granted a permanent charter by the Board of Regents of the New York State Board of Education on January 11, 2012. And, on the basis of a careful consideration of the history and the architecture of the building at 190 Fordham Street in which the museum is housed, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Public School 102 (later Public School 17, The City Island School) a landmark because of its “special character and a special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City.
The City Island Nautical Museum is operated by the City Island Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization. There is no admission fee to the Museum, which relies on donations, grants, and membership dues. All donations are tax-deductible. We welcome new members as well as contributions to our general fund and to our endowment fund. Annual membership dues are: Individual $20; Family $25; Corporate $50; Student $10. Please make checks payable to the City Island Historical Society and send to City Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 82, Bronx, NY 10464.
Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by special appointment.
The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.
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