Meteor (III) was built for the German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II by the Townsend-Downey Ship Building Company of New York in 1902. A steel-hulled schooner of 412 tons, she measured 130 feet in length with a 27 foot beam, and was designed by Carey Smith & Barbey, also of New York. Raced by the Kaiser for most of the Edwardian era, Meteor (III) was a highly successful boat which won him many prizes at Cowes and elsewhere.
Adela, designed by William C. Storey and built by Fay & Co. at Southampton, was owned by Mr. Claud Cayley of Tunbridge Wells. Registered at 224 tons gross, she measured 109 feet in length with a 22 foot beam and made her debut at the Kiel Regatta shortly after she was launched on 29th April 1903. Sold by Mr. Cayley just prior to the Great War, she was renamed Heartease by a subsequent owner in 1924 and was still afloat after the Second World War.