Herreshoff Ketch Landfall – Mystery Solved

Classic Yachting’s Most Intriquing Mystery

Annapolis, MD, December 14, 2017 – Eighty-six years has passed since the magnificent 71’ Ketch, “Landfall” was secretly built in Lemwerder, Germany by Abeking &  Rasmussen for the famous Oyster Bay yachtsman and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club member, Paul Hammond. Proclaimed “the World’s Most Ingenious Yacht” when launched,” we now know “Landfall’s” fate.


Landfall in Palma de Majorca, 1992


First, we wish to thank TheSailingChannel.TV, and ClassisSailboats.Org’s alliance of classic yacht owners, skippers, crews and preservationists throughout the world, and countless others who helped in our search. Your support made it possible for us to solve one of the classic yachting world’s most intriguing mysteries!

After surviving clandestine missions during WWII for British Naval Intelligence, a sinking and a salvage, countless Pacific and Transatlantic crossings, with  memorable passages to New England, the UK, Mexico, the Caribbean, Med, Adriatic, Aegean, and Baltic Seas — “Landfall” found her final resting place — 8 miles offshore and two thousand meters beneath the Pacific waves.


Landfall in the Azores, May 1992


During our multi-year search for “Landfall,” we have felt the admiration of past owners, captains and crew members for this beloved vessel. More details about “Landfall’s” tragic loss and history to follow soon, including the story of our search and a tribute to the men and women who built and sailed this fine vessel.


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