The Rebirth of the 1906 Newport to Bermuda Race Trophy

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The 1906 trophy for the first Ocean Race to Bermuda after conservation.

In 1906 Thomas Fleming Day, editor of The Rudder magazine, established a 635-mile race to prove that amateur sailors in vessels under 80 feet could safely sail in the open ocean. While only three boats participated in the first race, the event, now the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, typically fields 150 to 200 vessels.

The trophy for that very first race, created by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co., Ltd. in London, was provided by yacht racing aficionado Sir Thomas Lipton (which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Lipton Cup).   Read more


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PFC Beatrice Buck, Pvt. Clara Duff, and Pvt. Vivian Stonebreaker greet returning soldiers as their ship docks. Taken at Pier 6, HRPE, Newport News, VA.

Too many acronyms? There’s no such thing!

Over the past three years, our archival staff, with the support of several catalogers and the Digital Services department, have been working diligently on the Hidden Collections Grant sponsored by The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). This grant allowed us to catalog and digitize items that have been sitting in storage for years. Through the process, we discovered many exciting images we never knew we possessed. One of my favorite collections was a series from the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE) during World War II.   Read more