America – racing yacht

Model of the racing yacht, America by Ed Quam

Name of Model: yacht America
Period ship sailed: 1851
Type of model: modified kit

Modeler’s name: Ed Quam
Scale of model: 1/4″=1′
Build time: 2 years

Description of build, including materials: Bass wood, brass, fibber

Ship’s history: The yacht made history by beating all competitors in what is now call the America Cup race. She was radically different in design than the other ships highly praised. She met a sad end in the marine dock at the Naval Academy when a noreaster set her down.

Modeler’s biography: Edward is a retired former Intelligence officer. Born and raised in Colorado educated at CU, DU and Harvard. While stationed in Washington D.C. he was and is a member of the Washington Ship Model Association and a Plank member of the Nautical Research Guild. He has built over 25 models and has displayed them in various venues around the country.