National Geographic : 1949 Jan
,y1 -F 1Y i © National Geographic Society 9 Kodachrome by E. Louise Stewart A Dream Comes True-the Brigantine Yankee Sails the Globe Under a Cloud of Canvas Germans built the steel-hulled ship in 1912 for the North Sea pilot service, but lost her to the British as a prize of World War II. Bought by Irving Johnson, she was renamed for the schooner Yankee, which carried him on three world voyages. Old-fashioned shipwrights in Brixham, England, outfitted her with yards on her foremast to carry square sails. In brigantine rig, she flies 7,775 square feet of canvas. Her best speed is 12 knots; average, 6. Here the 1,600-square-foot balloon jib billows in the Pacific trades. Two amateur sailors aloft are paying and working their way around the world-Gloucester to Gloucester-in 18 months.