Saturday, 18 December 2021

The Egeria

The schooner Egeria was built in 1865.

Egeria was was one of the most successful racing yachts owned by John Mulholland, later 1st Baron Dunleath.

Lord Dunleath was Vice-Commodore of the Royal St George Yacht Club from 1892 until 1895 (presumably the 3rd Marquess Conyngham was Commodore).

The 1st Baron, of BALLYWALTER PARK, owned Egeria for more than thirty years.

In 1865 he commissioned the 153-ton schooner Egeria from the top designer-builder of the time, Thomas Wanhill of Poole, Dorset.

At just under 100 feet in length, the handsome new vessel soon became known as 'the wonderful Egeria'.

1st Baron Dunleath wearing Skipper's Cap
(Image: National Maritime Museum, Cornwall)

For more than a decade she was the winner par excellence, with more than sixty major trophies to her credit, while Lord Dunleath was so fond of Egeria that he kept her for many years after she had been out-classed as a racer.
Egeria was a nymph attributed a legendary role in the early history of Rome as a divine consort and counsellor of Numa Pompilius, the second Sabine king of Rome, to whom she imparted laws and rituals pertaining to ancient Roman religion.
First published in December, 2019.

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