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A selection of beautiful marine photographs by Kirk & Sons of Cowes charting the history of yachting from the late 19th century to the 1930s. Enjoying royal patronage, Kirk & Sons captured a bygone age of the sport; the sport of royalty, the rich and the privileged. Their maritime subjects included sailing yachts, steam yachts, early flying boats, power boats, warships and liners, as well as remarkable portraiture of the British Royal Family and other European royalty.

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The yawl 'Joyce' sailing in good wind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'PS Princess Mary', July 1911.  Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 6 Metre 'Stella', 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The magnificent schooners 'Germania' and 'Waterwitch', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The schooner 'Pampa'. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The yawl 'Wendur' sailing close-hauled, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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America's Cup challenger 'Shamrock IV' sailing without topsail, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The launch of 'Shamrock IV' with H.M.S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The owner's cabin on steam yacht 'Venetia', 1920. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The cutter 'Wenda' in light winds, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 96 ft ketch 'Julnar', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'Cremona' crashes through wave, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The ketch 'Cariad' and schooner 'Irma' racing downwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Saunders' motor launch on slipway ready for launching, 1908. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 6-metre 'Wamba II' and 'Lanka' sailing on a reach, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The gaff rig sailboat 'Bunty' close-hauled, 1921. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 19-metre 'Norada' launch from the Camper & Nicholsons boat yard, Gosport, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The steam yacht 'Volage' under way, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The sailing yacht 'Sea Belle' under way, 1911.  Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The schooner 'Flying Foam' sailing close-hauled in a good wind, 1910.  Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The magnificent schooners 'Germania' and 'Waterwitch', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The gaff rigged cutter 'Bloodhound' sailing close-hauled, August 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'The Lady Anne' spray over deck, sailing close-hauled, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 6 Metre 'The Whim' (L6) and 'Correnzia' racing downwind, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The schooner 'Meteor IV', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'Norada', 'Britannia' & 'Maudrey' sailing in gentle winds, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'HMY Britannia' before being sunk, July 1936. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 221 ton gaff-rigged cutter 'Britannia' sailing under spinnaker, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'Britannia' sails close-hauled, 1931. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The beautiful schooner 'Meteor IV', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The ketch 'Palatina' under way, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 6 Metre 'Correnzia', 'The Whim' and 'Snowdrop' on a run, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 7 Metre 'Anitra' (foreground) and 'Nelta', on downwind leg, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 7 Metre yacht 'Pinaster' (K8) sailing with spinnaker, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The cutter 'Sophie' sailing upwind. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The yawl 'Moosk' under way, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 221 ton gaff-rigged cutter 'Britannia' sailing under spinnaker, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Princess of Wales with Prince Edward and Prince Albert, Barton Manor, Isle of Wight, 1909. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Sailing yachts 'Yankee', 'Astra' and 'Velsheda', 1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Duke and Duchess of York aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', 1933. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Queen Mary with the Duke and Duchess of York aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', 1933. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Queen Mary and Prince Henry aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', c1933. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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King George V and Queen Mary aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', 1933. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Prince Albert, Barton Manor, Isle of Wight, 1909. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Duchess of York aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', 1933. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The hydroplane 'Izme' under way, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Wolseley hydroplane, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Liberty's motor launch alongside 'Liberty', 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Liberty's motor launch alongside 'Liberty', 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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1st Earl of Birkenhead with his daughter on board their yacht, (Isle of Wight?), c1925. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 6 Metre 'Vanda' sailing with spinnaker, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 6 Metre 'Vanda' sailing close-hauled, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 250 ton schooner 'Germania' sails close reach, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Prince Edward at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, c1909.  Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Prince Edward at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, c1909.  Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Prince Edward at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, c1909.  Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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King George V, Queen Mary, the Duke and Duchess of York aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', 1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Duke and Duchess of York aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', 1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 8 Metre class yacht 'Norman' (H1) sailing close-hauled, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, c1908. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Prince Arthur on board 'HMY Victoria and Albert', c1925. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Prince of Wales and Prince Edward at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, 1908. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Princess of Wales with Prince Edward and Prince Albert, Barton Manor, Isle of Wight, 1909. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 1894 built schooner 'Xarifa' under sail, 1899. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, 1908. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The cutter 'Shamrock' sailing close-hauled, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Christening Group for the Yugoslavian 'Bakar', J Samuel White and Co, Cowes, Isle of Wight, 1931. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 147 ton ketch 'Thendara' sailing upwind. 1939. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Studio portrait of George V taken aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', c1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The studio of Kirk & Sons of Cowes, Isle of Wight, August 1935. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The cutter 'Shamrock' beating to windward. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Sailing yachts cross start line. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The hydroplane 'Brunhilde'. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Claude Grahame-White hydroplane, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Izme's two 150 hp engines, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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A group onboard sea sled 'Miss England', 1922. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Egyptian motor launch in shed, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Bona's motor launch under way, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Bona's motor launch under way, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Royal Thames Yacht Club's motor launch 'Salee Rover', 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Royal Thames Yacht Club's motor launch 'Salee Rover', 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 7 Metre class 'Endrick', 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 7 Metre class 'Anitra' (K4) and 'Ginevra' (K7) race downwind, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The handsome racing schooner 'Waterwitch', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The handsome racing schooner 'Waterwitch', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The schooner 'Astria' sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The yawl 'Meander' sailing in close-hauled, 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'Sioma' and 'Ejnar' race downwind, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 23 ton motor yacht 'Kiwi' under way, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The steam yacht 'Jason', 1913. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The motor yacht 'Atair' under way, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 3 masted auxiliary schooner 'St George', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The Russian Imperial Yacht 'Standart' at Cowes, 1909. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'Le Jade' (H21), the Norwegian 'Antwerpia IV' (H1) and 'Ventana' (H11) start the 8 Metre class race. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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'White Heather', 'Meteor III' and 'Brynhild' racing in the Solent, 1905. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Hamble River Class dinghies racing close-hauled, 1921. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The three-mast auxiliary schooner 'Invincible', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The three-mast auxiliary schooner 'Invincible', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The three-mast auxiliary schooner 'Invincible', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The 76 ton schooner 'Lisette' under sail. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Queen Mary and King George V on board 'HMY Victoria and Albert', 1930. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Queen Mary aboard 'HMY Victoria and Albert', 1931. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The steam yacht 'Westoe', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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The sailing yacht 'Saevuna', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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Hole torn in the hull of 'RMS Olympic' after the collision with 'HMS Hawke' in the Solent, 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.
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