Alexander Graham Bell’s Yacht
An important historical Nova Scotia photograph. This is a 1958 photo of a sailing yacht commissioned by Alexander Graham Bell for his daughter Elsie as a wedding gift for her marriage to Gilbert M. Grosvenor in 1917. The significance of this photo is that it was actually taken by Grosvenor, who was also chief editor for National Geographic Magazine at the time. Not everyone knows Bell and his father-in-law started National Geographic Magazine. This photograph was discovered in Baddeck, just a stone's throw from Bell's summer residence, and one wonders if it may have at one time hung there.
The Elsie is the only yacht to be listed in every Cruising Club of America yearbook since 1923. It was built by Walter Pinaud of Bell laboratories and weighed 22 tons with a length of 59 feet. The Elsie is still sailing strong and was last known to be owned by a gentleman in Kentucky.
Photo size is 13" x 19" and the total framed size is 20" x 26".