The "Great American Yacht Classics" Series

Distinctive, limited-edition, fine art prints commemorating magnificent yachts from "America's Golden Age."

- Builder and Owner History

Mathis Yacht Building Company ~ Camden, New Jersey~ 1926

Specifications: Model: Houseboat - Contract #: 181 - LOA: 104' - LWL: 97'9" - Beam: 19' - Draft: 5' - Machinery (current): Twin John Deere Turbo Diesel 6125s - Cruising Speed: 13 Knots - Fuel (current): 1500 Gals Diesel (then gas) - Hull (current): Double-planked West System, laminated Doublas Fir on stern, bent laminated White Oak frames - (then) Long-Leaf Yellow Pine over Oak framing - Displ. 156 gross/136 net tons

Builder History: The Mathis Yacht Building Company was formed in 1910 with William Robinson elected president and John Trumpy as vice-president. The brainchild of John Trumpy, the firm remained in Camden, N J for forty years. Upon the death of Mr. Robinson in 1939, Trumpy was named president. Shortly thereafter the company relocated to Gloucester City, NJ and in 1942 the operation was renamed John Trumpy & Sons. Throughout this dynamic period Mathis distinguished itself for luxury watercraft and their client list literally became a Who's Who in America's upper classes. Prominent names included the duPonts, Cadwaladers, Baruchs,
Guggenheims and the Cudahys to mention a few. In addition to producing 165 magnificent yachts (power & sail) during this period, the company also manufactured approximately 226 other assorted military craft including wooden aircraft hulls, tugs, sub-chasers, crash boats and patrol vessels for the Navy, Coast Guard and our war allies.

Vessel History: John Trumpy designed “Freedom” in 1926 for Aubert J. Fay of Boston, MA. Significantly, this yacht introduced the more efficient rounded (elliptical) fantail stern configuration, a John Trumpy innovation. In 1933, she was sold to Mr. J.W. Donahue. In 1939, the boat was purchased by Mr. S.A. Lynch, renamed “Sunset” and moved to Miami, FL. In 1942, the boat was acquired by Mr. Herbert M. Plimpton and from 1950-1970 was owned by Mr. Lewis M. Adams. For the next 30 years, Sunset was held in a Delaware Corporation and from 1970-1974, she was operated by the International Oceanographic Foundation. In 1974, Sunset was sold to
Eileen and Carl Rose; from 1976-1981 the vessel was owned by the Meeting Place Ministries then the Fellowship Church and Ministries, Inc. From 1981-2001, Mr. Ashley Howes of Pinehurst, NC became steward of the boat. Her final years were spent in Palatka, FL in derelict condition secured to a face pier in a marina on the St. Johns River. In 2002, Sunset was purchased by Yacht Freedom, LLC and re-named “Freedom.” On May 9, 2009, following nearly 5 years of work, this majestic yacht emerged from a spectacular $6.5 million restoration. As of this remarkable re-launch, she proudly flies the colors of McMillen Yachts & the New York Yacht Club.

  Archival Pigment Print Limited Edition: 100
Size choices: Large* 20"x 30" I Medium 12"x 18"

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