sloop Mayflower was the second America's Cup defender designed
by Edward "Ned " Burgess, and built and launched in 1886 for
owner General Charles J. Paine of Boston. It was built entirely
of wood: oak and hard pine. It was skippered by Martin V.B.
In the trials, Mayflower defeated the yachts Puritan (Edward
Burgess' first victorious Cup defender), Priscilla, and
Atlantic, and was subsequently selected to defend the 1886 Cup.
By 1889 the sloop had been purchased by F. Townsend Underhill,
who had it altered to become a schooner. In 1905 Lady Eva Barker
bought the vessel and outfitted it with an engine. She chartered
it to adventurer Guy Hamilton Scull in 1908 on an expedition
seeking the treasure of a sunk Spanish galleon off Jamaica.
Mayflower was sunk itself off Cuba in a hurricane during this
expedition, and the crew rescued by passing steamers.