Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Jekyll Island Club Wharf
No other yacht was comparable to John Pierpont Morgan's several Corsairs. Corsair II, too large to dock, anchored in the channel. Morgan was escorted ashore by a flotilla of small craft, after a cannon had sounded off his arrival in these waters. Corsair II was 304 ft. overall, beam 33 1/2 ft., draft 17 ft., speed 19 knots, tonnage 1,600. About this Corsair Morgan, when asked how much it cost, made his classic remark: "If you have to consider the cost you have no business with a yacht."
Other palatial yachts owned by Jekyll Island Club members were: Pierre Lorillard's Caimen, James Stillman's Wanda, Astors' Nourmahal, Vanderbilt's Alvah and Valiant, H. Manville's Hi Esmaro, Jr., Pulitzer's Liberty, George F. Baker's Viking, E. T. Stotesbury's Castle, Cranes' Illyria, Theodore N. Vail's Speedwell and Northwind, Commodore Frederick Bourne's Marjorie, Goulds' Hildegards, Saono, and Ketchum. Edwin Gould built a private dock in front of his cottage, "Chichota." Andrew Carnegie, whose family owned Cumberland Island, visited Jekyll on yachts, Skibo and Missoe.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 3.501′ N, 81° 25.389′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Riverview Drive. Touch for map. Located at the wharf. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Transcontinental Call (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evolution of Elegance (about 400 feet away); Men of Means (about 500 feet away); Up In Smoke (about 700 feet away); The Skeet House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Active Life (approx. 0.2 miles away); M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (approx. ¼ mile away); Taking Care of Family (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Also see . . .
1. Steam Yacht Corsair. Naval Historical Center (Submitted on March 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. fabled Morgan yacht, Corsair II. The first Corsair in the U.S Navy was built as the private yacht Corsair II in 1899 for J.P. Morgan (Submitted on March 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
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