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    Sale 5130

    Maritime

    14 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 100

    Luca Papaluca (Italian, 1890-1934)

    The New York Yacht Club's steam yacht Sayonara at sea

    Price Realised  

    Luca Papaluca (Italian, 1890-1934)
    The New York Yacht Club's steam yacht Sayonara at sea
    signed 'L. Papaluca' (lower right) and inscribed '- Sayonara .N.Y.Y.C. -' (lower centre)
    bodycolour
    17 x 26 in. (43.2 x 66 cm.)


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    The screw schooner Sayonara was the last in a line of steam yachts owned by A.J. Drexel, the immensely wealthy Philadelphia banker who was a close associate of J.P. Morgan. Designed and built by Robert Steele at Greenock in 1880, she had already carried four different names before Drexel purchased her in 1911 and renamed her Sayonara. Registered at 480 tons gross (581 Thames), Drexel used her for four years until she was hired by the British Admiralty as an armed auxiliary patrol yacht in 1915. Released at the end of 1918, she appears to have been scrapped soon afterwards.

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