Mr. Harry Lee's Steam Yachts 1901

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Mr. Harry Lee's Steam Yachts 1901

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Harry Lee’s Steam Yachts are a fairground ride made by Frederick Savage of King’s Lynn, Norfolk in 1901 It was named after two trans-Atlantic Yachts, Shamrock and Columbia that first raced each other in the 10th America’s Cup in 1899 when Sir Thomas Lipton, the tea baron, with his first Shamrock, challenged and lost to Charley Barr, skipper of Columbia. In 1901 Lipton repeated the challenge with Shamrock II but was again beaten by Columbia. Ironically Charlie Barr was a Scotsman. Savage engineering works was founded in 1853. The firm became well known for its agricultural machinery, particularly steam engines and steam roundabouts, and gained an international reputation for steam-powered fairground rides. Savage himself became Mayor of King's Lynn in 1889. His firm made Voisin biplanes under license from Bleriot during the First World War. The fairground ride is still in use in and is part of a steam collection owned by the Saunders family of Stotfold in Bedfordshire, England.

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