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    Sale 5386

    Maritime

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 88

    John J. Holmes, 21st Century

    The schooner yacht Germania leading the fleet

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    John J. Holmes, 21st Century
    The schooner yacht Germania leading the fleet
    signed 'John J. Holmes' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.5 cm.)


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    Germania was a magnificent all-steel schooner designed by Max Oertz in Hamburg and built by Krupp Germania Werft at Kiel in 1908. Ordered by Dr. Krupp von Bohlen & Halbach in direct response to Kaiser Wilhelm II's obsessive passion for yachting and his consequent desire to see German successes at Cowes, she was a beautiful creation and much admired wherever she went. Registered at 191 tons gross (124 net & 366 Thames), she measured 123 feet in length with a 27 foot beam and carried sails by Mählitz. Surviving the Great War, she passed into the hands of a Norwegian owner, Christoffer Hannevig, who renamed her Exen.

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