American Millionaire Vanderbilt Entertains on Yacht SS Valiant Dinner Menu USA
American Millionaire Vanderbilt Entertains on Yacht SS Valiant Dinner Menu USA
American Millionaire Vanderbilt Entertains on Yacht SS Valiant Dinner Menu USA
American Millionaire Vanderbilt Entertains on Yacht SS Valiant Dinner Menu USA
American Millionaire Vanderbilt Entertains on Yacht SS Valiant Dinner Menu USA

American Millionaire Vanderbilt Entertains on Yacht SS Valiant Dinner Menu USA

Product code: 5847
£195.00
Rare menu written in French and embossed with the New york Yacht Club ensign as well as the Russian Imperial Navy ensign, dated 14th February 1900, for dinner on board S.S. Valiant, belonging to William Kissam Vanderbilt I (1849-1920).

It is accompanied by a letter dated Nice 20th February 1900 from Winfield Hoyt 'On board the Valiant' addressed to Mrs Mary Winslow who had written requesting a souvenir menu of the event and guest list. On the reverse of the menu Winslow has written the seating plan:

HIH The Grand Duke Michael of Russia
Duchess of Marlborough (this is Vanderbilt's daughter Consuelo who married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough in1895}
Baron de Stoeckel
Mrs Richard Winslow
Winfield Hoyt
Countess de Torby
Mr Vanderbilt

"My dear Mrs Winslow,

Your very pleasant telegram was duly recieved, and I gave your message to our "amiable host" - I enclose the menu you asked for - We are off this evening for Paris, and winter. Monte Carlo has occupied most of my attention for the past week, luckily with good results - Hoping to see you again when I return to the Riviera.

Believe me,

Sincerely yours,

Winfield Hoyt

In 1893, the largest and most luxurious yacht in the world was produced by Laird Brothers of Birkenhead as their Yard No. 594, to the order of the wealthy Vanderbilt. This was the beautiful 2,400 tons twin-screw steam yacht S.S. Vailiant, Official Number 102104, launched on 3rd of May 1893 and completed in August of that year.

The yacht was fitted out to the very highest standard possible, superbly finished by the top artists and skilled craftsmen of the day, using the finest materials available. She carried a crew of 62 comprisinng 32 in the Engine Room, 20 Sailors and 10 Cooks/Stewards.

In 1915 she was commandeered by the Royal Navy
In 1919 she was released again from naval service
In 1927 she was acquired by Manuelides Navigation Company and renamed IRA M
In 1933 she was acquired by Hellenic Coast Lines of Greece and renamed Hellas

During the bombardmment of Piraeus on 23rd April 1941 she was destroyed by enemy bombers.

Vanderbilt was an American heir, businessman, philanthropist and horsebreeder, managing his family's railroad investments.

Menu Size: 16.5 x 10.5 cm approx


 
Product Code 5847