Valkyrie II (yacht)

Valkyrie II (Yacht)

Valkyrie II (yacht)

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Valkyrie II was the unsuccessful British challenger of the eighth America's Cup race in 1893 against American defender "Vigilant".


Valkyrie II was a gaff-rigged cutter. She was designed by George Lennox Watson and built alongside His Majesty's Yacht Britannia at the D & W Henderson & Company shipyard, Meadowside, Partick on the River Clyde, Scotland in 1893 for owner Lord Dunraven of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Valkyrie II had a steel frame, a wooden hull, and a pine deck.


Valkyrie II was launched on April 29, 1893, a week after Britannia, and sailed to the U.S. that October to compete in the eighth America’s Cup. She lost to the Herreshoff-designed New York Yacht Club defender Vigilant, 0-3.

Valkyrie II existed for barely a single year. On July 5, 1894 this Cup contender collided with A. D. Clarke’s cutter yacht Satanita at the Mud Hook Regatta on the Firth of Clyde, killing one crewman. Valkyrie II broke up and sank nine minutes later.


  • Overall length: 35.84 m
  • Length at water line: 26.06 m
  • Beam (width): 6.80 m
  • Draft: 5.03 m
  • Displacement: 140 tons

References and external links

  • - measurement of Valkyrie II for the America's Cup

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