The Card was sent from Grandma in Newport, Rhode Island in
1914 to Mr. John B. Southworth in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The message
This is just to tell you that we are all well. What a good time we would all
have if you and your sister were here. We are all going huckleberrying
NEW YORK YACHT CLUB
The New York Yacht Club
was founded on July 30, 1844 by John Cox Stevens
and 8 other yachtsmen aboard his yacht "Gimcrack."
Stevens was elected commodore and three days later the group sailed their
respective yachts to Newport, Rhode Island on what has since become an annual
The first meeting of the club took place at Windham's Tavern on
March 17, 1845 at which time Stevens was reelected as Commodore. The first
clubhouse was constructed in 1845 at Hoboken, New Jersey and dedicated on July
15. The clubhouse was later moved to Glen Cove, Long Island where it became Station
The Yacht Club maintained 11 different stations along the
Northeast coast including Station Number Six
at Newport, Rhode Island, (Shown above).
Commodore J. Pierpoint Morgan donated a site on West 44th street in Manhattan
for a new club building in 1898, which opened in 1901. The original clubhouse, (Station
Nr. 10) was moved by barge and placed on loan to Mystic Seaport for
the next 50 years. After the Yacht Club acquired Harbour
Court in Newport, RI in 1987, (the
former summer home of Commodore John Nicholas Brown);
Nr. 10 was placed on the grounds there.
In 1851 Commodore Stevens accepted an offer to race his 30
meter schooner America against 14 of
Great Britain's fastest yachts. America won the race and the cup, which was
donated to the New York Yacht Club in 1857. It is said that nearing the end of
the race, when Queen Victoria asked, "who was
first," the reply was, "America."
She then asked, "who was second?"
The answer was, "No One."
During the period of 1897 to 1920, every defender of the
America's Cup was built by Nathaniel Herreshoff
of Bristol, Rhode Island. Herreshoff's successful designs included Vigilant in
1893, Defender in 1895, Columbia in 1899 & 1901, Reliance in 1903, and
Resolute in 1920.
For more on the History of America's
Cup Race See:
Stationary - America's Cup - Artcraft Cover - with History
The New York Yacht Club's Station Number Six in Newport, RI was
established in 1890 and the America's Cup race was moved to Newport, RI in
In the text of the card, Grandma spoke of going huckleberrying.
There are an abundance of wild huckleberry bushes growing in fields throughout
Rhode Island. I remember several of these in an open field near the end of the
street we lived on. (They were delicious too!)
found in the wild throughout the North Eastern United States. The fruit is
considered to be sweet and delicious.
The berry is actually a drupe or stony-seeded fruit with 10 large hard nutlets
making it less marketable than blueberries.