The Atlantic was
built in 1903 by Townsend and Downey shipyard, and
designed by William Gardner, for Wilson Marshall.
The three-masted schooner was skippered by Charlie
Barr and it set the record for fastest transatlantic
passage by a monohull in the 1905 Kaiser's Cup race.
The record remained unbroken for nearly 100 years.
In 1905, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany proposed a
race across the North Atlantic and put forward a
solid gold cup to be presented to the winner. Eleven
boats including the Kaiser's yacht Hamburg and the
schooner Atlantic skippered by Charlie Barr took
The competitors encountered strong winds and gales
which ensured a fast passage time and all eleven
boats finished the race. Atlantic won, breaking the
existing record with a time of 12 days, 4 hours, 1
minute and 19 seconds. The record stood for 75 years
until broken by Eric Tabarly sailing the trimaran
Paul Ricard. However Atlantic's monohull record
stood for nearly 100 years until was broken in 1997
by the yacht Nicorette completing the crossing in 11
days 13 hours 22 minutes.
Atlantic deteriorated and sank at the dock in
Norfolk, Virginia. In 1982, the wreckage was removed
for the installation of a floating dry dock at Metro