By: Bobb Tomsett
ALICE, a New York centerboard sloop, was a forerunner in the growing sport of American yachting. Built in 1866 by Townsend at Portsmouth, New Hampshire for Thomas G. Appleton, wealthy Boston yachtsman, ALICE was 53' 4" overall, 17'2" in breadth, 6'3" in depth of hold and 6'4" in draft. Wishing to cruise in European waters, Appleton had her sailed to Cowes before settling into a regular racing schedule with the New York Yacht Club, to which he had been elected in 1866, on the club's cruising circuit. The model's hull is constructed from agba, and has individual sycamore deck planking & bulwarks. It is trimmed with pear wood and its mast and spars are of ramin wood. Authentically rigged with miniature rope-walk twisted threads to proper diameters. Includes various brass fittings and two Whitehall design boats on davits. It is mounted on brass rods and set onto a mirrored base surrounded by a lightly stained mahogany base and glazed cover trimmed in brass.