Diorama: "There is No Second" Schooner Yacht America, Isle of Wight 1851., by William E. Hitchcock (1928-2006), Dover, Massachusetts, 1994, signed and dated l.r., overall ht. 29, lg. 33, dp. 8 in., in a molded giltwood frame.
Note: The yacht America was designed by American George Steers for The New York Yacht Club in 1851, in an effort to challenge the British, who had a reputation for yachting supremacy. The America raced in England against fifteen yachts in the annual 53-mile race around the Isle of Wight, conducted by the Royal Yacht squadron, and won by two minutes. She won the next race, against England's fastest, the Titania, by nearly an hour. When Queen Victoria was told of the triumph, she asked who was second; the famous reply was: "There is no second, your Majesty."
A cup was presented to the New York Yacht Club, who offered it to any yacht capable of defeating them, a challenge which has became known as the "America's Cup."