Postal Stationary -
Stamped Envelope - America's
Issued on September 15, 1980 in Newport, Rhode Island
- Fleetwood Cachet with
1870 Winner - Magic
by Fleetwood depicts Magic, the winner of the cup in
1870. This was the first defense of the cup since America had
originally won it in 1851.
there were twelve yachts entered in the race. Two of them,
Dauntless and America were manned by United
States Naval Cadets from Annapolis and were heavily favored to win the
cup. The British challenger was named Cambria and there
were 8 other challengers in the race. The starting gun was fired at
11:26 AM on August 8, 1870 and the race was on. Right from the start,
Magic left no doubt as to which boat was the superior
sailor, soon leaving the other boats far behind. Magic
crossed the finish line 39 minutes ahead of her closest competitor and
Cambria finished tenth.
Magic was an 84 foot keel schooner owned by Franklin Osgood.
She was designed in 1857 by T. Byrely and Son of Philadelphia. She had
been completely rebuilt and refurbished just a year before the cup
race by David Carll Of New York.
Magic had a long and useful career serving as a dispatch
runner during the Spanish American War and as a sponge fishing boat in
the Gulf of Mexico. She was sunk during a hurricane off of Key West,
Florida in 1926.
of the America's Cup)
New York Yacht Club Station No. 6 Newport, RI