Monday, August 6, 2012


Today's offering in my continuing photographic parade of vintage Moth Boats is Silver Spray, built in 1933 she was the 1938 Antonia Trophy winner.  The year she won the cup, she was skippered by Emery Cox from Norfolk, Virginia.  Silver Spray is currently on display at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia.

Silver Spray, Nr 113 starboard side.  Note the "transom" bow which is very much like old Moth Boat Nr 264.
Port side view.  Like most Moths of this era, she sports a "barn door" rudder.
Info signage.  The Antonia Trophy which is mentioned at the bottom was the trophy used for the World Championship regatta until 1964.  At that time the trophy was in fragile condition and donated to the Mystic Seaport Museum to prevent further degradation.  I have a photo of the trophy which I'll eventually get around to scanning.  Until then you'll just have to read Mystic Seaport's canned description and use your imagination.


  1. Very pretty. They may get faster, but they don't necessarily get better looking.

  2. Very true. Plus the level of craftsmanship was much, much higher then because joints, seams, etc. had to be perfect. In those days you couldn't rely on thickened epoxy to bail you out from careless execution.

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    1. I need to go to the Lewes Historical Soc. and see that boat up close. The pix I've seen suggest a shape more like Old 264 than Silver Spray. Silver Spray appears to have more rocker in the keel line than either of those other two. Also, Silver Spray has more crown in the deck and a dagger board instead of a pivoting centerboard. All three boats in question have transom bows.