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Beautiful Decline of VAYU

“I remember the day I saw her…” recalls ex-owner Jacques Thiry, “she was a magnificent sight out in the distance, I saw her from the pier. She was beautiful, a very striking boat, floating high up in the water. Her interior had been torn out and she was being packed with hay.  She was going to be sailed out into deep water, set on fire and scuttled. Her name was VAYU. I couldn’t imagine the loss of such a beautiful yacht and wanted to save her. “

Jacques went on to buy VAYU and tried to organize a volunteer effort to restore her.   These photographs, taken by A. Vincent Scarano, are of VAYU docked at City Pier in New London, CT while under Jacques ownership in 1979.

For the full gallery please go to A. Vincent Scarano’s website here

 

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Photos © A. Vincent Scarano

 

Doris or Not Doris? Questioning Archive Photos

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Agnes Muller Herreshoff’s photo album

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