J. J. Hill Is the Purchaser of Mrs. Cardeza's Famous Pleasure Craft
The rumored purchase of Mrs. James W. Martinez-Cardeza'a steam yacht Eleanor by
President J. J. Hill of the Great Northern Railroad has been confirmed
by the departure of the yacht from Tebo's Basin, South Brooklyn, for
the great lakes, where she will be used by her new owner. According to
the desire of Mrs. Cardeza, it is understood, the Eleanor's name has been changed to Wacouta.
The transfer of the Eleanor is,
in point of price paid, undoubtedly the most important yacht sale of
the season. The yacht is one of the largest of the seagoing pleasure
craft, and one of the very few that have voyaged around the world. She
was designed by Charles Ridgely Hanscom and built in 1896 at the Bath
Iron Works for W. A. Slater of the New York Yacht Club, who formerly
owned the steam yacht Sagamore.
Mrs. Cardeza bought the Eleanor from
Mr. Slater two years ago, cruised in European waters and the Orient,
and only returned from a hunting expedition to the caribou district of
Canada this Spring. The yacht was then berthed at Tebo's Basin, South
Brooklyn, where she was completely overhauled and repainted.
The Wacouta is
built of steel throughout, and is fitted with powerful engines and two
boilers of the Scotch type. She measures 232 feet over all, 208 feet on
the water line, 32 feet beam, 17 feet 5 inches depth of hold, and 14
feet draught. She is bark rigged, carrying 10,935 square feet of
canvas. Her deckhouse and interior plan give an abundance of living
rooms, and throughout the furnishings are most luxurious. Among the
conveniences aboard are refrigerating and distilling machines and a
complete electric plant.