The three-masted schooner Atlantic was build in 1904 at Townsend and Downey shipyard located on Staten Island at the entrance of New York Harbor. Kaiser Wilhem II of Germany decided to boost his standing among his yachting peers by organizing a trans-Atlantic race for yachts over 80 tons. There were few rules,, only that propellers had to be removed and sails must be hoisted without the help of steam driven winches. On May 17, 1905 8 schooners, 1 yawl and 2 square-rigged barques were towed to the Sandy Hook starting line. Atlantic was skippered by the famous Charles Barr . The legend says that the owner begged him to reduce sail, to which he retorted ”Sir, you hired me to win this race and that is what I will do.” They won the race in 12 days, 4 hours and 1 minute. This was a new trans-Atlantic crossing record. She beat Hamburg, the second yacht to finish, by nearly a whole day. Atlantic served in the US Navy in World War I as a mother ship for submarines. During World War II, Atlantic served as a Coastguard vessel and then was laid up for several years until turned into a tea shop in New Jersey. After an attempt to refit Atlantic into a naval school ship she was sunken off Norfolk,Virginia in 1979.