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The Yacht Race Game

The Yacht Race Game
The Yacht Race Game
Title
The Yacht Race Game
Date 
ca. 1887
Medium 
Cardboard, paper, metal
Dimensions 
board: 31 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. ( 80 x 41.3 cm ) box: 1 1/8 x 17 x 8 1/2 in. ( 2.9 x 43.2 x 21.6 cm )
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.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.491
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.;" printed: on the spinner: "HEAD WIND/ FAIR WIND"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group