“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Islip in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Captain James Berry

Capt. J. Berry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2017
1. Capt. J. Berry Marker

Capt's home, "Greatest of
the light air skippers."
Afterguard w/Capt. Haff on
Volunteer 1887 & Defender
1895 America's Cup Defenders.

Erected by Historical Society of Islip Hamlet.
Location. 40° 43.648′ N, 73° 12.874′ W. Marker is in Islip, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Monell Avenue south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Islip NY 11751, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Schools: Monell (within shouting distance of this marker); Islip Crowd (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Schools (about 600 feet away); Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Early Schools (about 700 feet away); Historic Union Avenue (about 800 feet away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Islip Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Islip.
More about this marker. The marker is on the west side of Monell Avenue, about 200 feet down from the fire station.
Also see . . .  America's Cup (Wikipedia)
Capt. J. Berry Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2017
2. Capt. J. Berry Marker - Wide View
. "Urged to challenge again in yet larger boat sizes, Dunraven challenged again in 1895 with a 90 ft (27.43 m) waterline limit. The Watson designed challenger Valkyrie III received many innovations: She would be wider than the defender, and featured the first steel mast. The NYYC ordered another defender from Herreshoff, which he had built in a closed off hangar and launched at night so as to conceal her construction: Defender used an aluminium topside riveted to steel frames and manganese bronze below waters. This saved 17 tons of displacement, but later subjected the boat to extreme electrolysis after the Cup races. Valkyrie III lost the first race, was deemed disqualified in the second race following a collision with Defender before the start line despite finishing first, and in turn withdrew from the contest. The unraveling of the races left Dunraven in a bitter disagreement with all parties over fairness of the cup committee concerning claims. After he asserted that he had been cheated, his honorary membership of the NYYC was revoked. Henry "Hank" Coleman Haff, was inducted into America's Cup Hall of Fame in 2004 for his sailing of Defender in 1895 and bringing the cup back. At age 58, Hank Haff was the oldest cup winner in the history of the race." (Submitted on December 20, 2017.) 
<i>Defender, July 22, '95</i> image. Click for full size.
John S. Johnston (image courtesy of the Library of Congress), July 22, 1895
3. Defender, July 22, '95

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