Schooner yacht BRILLIANT
Stephens, Olin; Henry B. Nevins, Inc.
USA, NY, New York, Bronx, City Island
LOA 61 ft. 6 in.; LWL 49 ft.; beam 14 ft. 8 in.; draft 8 ft. 10 in.
Schooner yacht BRILLIANT; built 1932; designed by Olin Stephens for Walter Barnum, built at Henry B. Nevins yard, City Island, New York.
Brilliant is a 61-foot auxiliary schooner used to introduce young people to the arts of seamanship aboard a traditional vessel. Designed by the firm of Sparkman and Stephens and constructed in 1932 by the City Island, New York, shipyard of Henry B. Nevins, Brilliant is one of the finest wooden boats of her size ever built in the United States. The schooner has participated in several Bermuda Races and crossed the Atlantic in 1933, sailing from the Nantucket lightship to Bishop's Rock in the record time of fifteen days, one hour, twenty-three minutes. During World War II she served with the Coast Guard. In 1946, she was restored as a yacht by the well-known sportsman Briggs S. Cunningham, who gave her to the Museum in 1953 for training purposes. Since then, she has taken more than 7,500 participants to sea. Visitors may be disappointed to find her wharf empty, but the schooner spends many of her days at sea when an adult or teen program is in session.