Monday, July 29, 2013

Header Photo: Tillerman to the Rescue! Ladies Day at Larchmont YC

Mr. Tillerman, I doff my baseball cap to your marvelous powers of observation and unsurpassed ability to sift through and discover relevant Internet material. In two hours you have deduced much more than I have in two months. I can only repost your comments in a main post so all my readers can follow along and appreciate a master at work on his computer, piecing the puzzle together.

"The burgee on that swimming platform does look remarkably like the burgee for Larchmont Yacht Club.

"And Manor Park in Larchmont is famous for its gazebos and striated rocks.

"If you look at Manor Park on Google Maps satellite view you can actually see two gazebos on striated rocks very much like those in the second picture. But I can't identify the exact spot with those specific striations.

"Could this be a more recent photo of the same spot?

"Note that the gazebo may have been rebuilt in 100 years and a stone wall added. But look at the pattern of striations in the rock.

"Check out this photo from the Larchmont Gazette.

"Not the same day but surely the same view? Look at the trees on the point in the distance, for example.

"This is a postcard from Horsehoe Harbor in Larchmont c.1900. There is a Horseshoe Harbor YC (which is probably why your correspondent from Larchmont YC said it wasn't LYC but he did know it?)

"Oh, and I forgot to mention, Horseshoe Harbor is in Manor Park.

"On the other hand check out this photo of Ladies Day at Larchmont YC in 1911.

"This looks like a better match to your scene than that postcard of Horseshoe Harbor. The trees on the point look similar in both pictures but this one is claerly a wider stretch of water more similar to your picture. Would also explain why the swim platform has an LYC burgee.

"Maybe your header photo was of Ladies Day at LYC?

"This NYT article from 1910 does say that the fleet was dressed for Ladies Day.

"And this NYT article from 1913 about Ladies Day at Larchmont that year says that more than 200 yachts dressed ship and that possibly the fleet was larger in "former years."

"So I am pretty sure both photos are looking across Larchmont Harbor. If you look on a map you will see that the views from the gazebo in Manor Park and from LYC are both towards the same point on the opposite side of the harbor, to the NE and E respectively.

"And there's a fair amount of circumstantial evidence that this could be Ladies Day. There were canoeing and swimming races on Ladies Day which explains a lot of the foreground in the header picture too.

These photos are from the Emerson collection of Rochester N.Y.. Other photos in the collection fix the time frame. There is no explanation why young Mr.Emerson was at Larchmont YC but he did, in 1917, marry the daughter of Fred A. Mabbett, the Commodore of Rochester Yacht Club. Perhaps Fred Mabbett had chartered a yacht on the East Coast.There are some yacht racing photos in this collection.

Below are all the photos in the spectator set, including a larger version of the header photo.


Tillerman said...

Ahah. And I think the 4th photo provides even more confirmation. That gazebo to the right of the picture must be on the point of land that juts out between LYC and Manor Park. And the satellite view in Google Maps confirms that there is, to this day, a gazebo on that point (end of Bay Avenue). But it's not the same gazebo as the one in the 5th photo I think which is the one on the next point to the south.

Peter Belenky said...

As a boy (60 years ago), I used to visit a friend of my mother's on Horseshoe Harbor. We walked to the point, and I fell in love with the Herreshoff S-boats moored there.

Peter Belenky said...

That friend and her husband were later lost in the wreck of the ram schooner Levin J. Marvel.

Baydog said...

This is the kind of yacht club Tillerman would like to be a part of, right Tillerman? Low-key, no pomp or circumstance, T-shirts and cut-offs.............

Tillerman said...

LOL Baydog. I did actually go to Larchmont YC once. I was trying to register one of my sons for one of the US Sailing Junior Olympics regattas. The club is beautiful with tennis courts and swimming pools, and the people there were very nice. Except they made it very clear that sailors could only register for the regatta if they had a mommy boat to look after the poor little diddums on the water. (This must have been in the early 1990s.) So my son couldn't sail in the regatta.

I can thank Larchmont YC for my pathological aversion to mommy boats.

I suspect that they do allow T-shirts and cut-offs these days but it is still rather a grand place.