The Yacht Race Game

Object Number: 
2000.491
Date: 
ca. 1887
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, metal
Dimensions: 
Open (board): 31 1/2 × 16 1/4 in. (80 × 41.3 cm) Container (box): 1 1/8 × 17 × 8 1/2 in. (2.9 × 43.2 × 21.6 cm)
Marks: 
printed: on the game board: "WHISTLING BUOY/ SCOTLAND LT. SHIP/ SANDS HOOK LT. SHIP" printed: on the reverse of the game board: "Game of/ Yacht Race" printed: on the box cover: "THE/ YACHT RACE/ GAME/ PATENTED, DEC 27. 1887. McLOUGHLIN BROS; N. Y.;" p
Description: 
"The Yacht Race" board game in a box with board, spinner and eight sailboat shaped playing pieces; quad-fold board with a map image of New York harbor with sections of Brooklyn, lower Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey, as well as the Statue of Liberty, Governor's Island and the Brooklyn Bridge; playing spaces are marked in the center of the harbor and around the edges; back of the board covered in red paper and inscribed in gold, "Game of Yacht Race;" box cover decorated with two sailboats in a medallion, flowers and the inscription, "THE/ YACHT RACE/ GAME/ PATENTED, DEC 27. 1887. McLOUGHLIN BROS; N. Y.;" cardboard and metal spinner fits into a hole in the board and is inscribed with compass directions, the numbers 1 through 6 and "HEAD WIND/ FAIR WIND" in blue, yellow and red ink; eight sailboat shaped playing pieces set into metal holders.
Gallery Label: 
The setting for this yacht race is New York Harbor, with boats sailing in the shadows of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Governor's Island.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group