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T.E. Ferris/Townsend-Downey 145 ft 3-Masted Gaff Schooner 1902 / 2019



T.E. Ferris/Townsend-Downey 145 ft 3-Masted Gaff Schooner 1902 / 2019

Designer Theodore E. Ferris
Builder Townsend-Downey Shipbuilding Co., Shooters Island, NY, USA
Date 1902
Length overall 178 ft 4 in / 54.35 m
Length deck 145 ft 0 in / 44.2 m
Length waterline 107 ft 1 in / 32.63 m
Beam 27 ft 0 in / 8.23 m
Draft 15 ft 3 in / 4.65 m
Displacement 300 Tonnes
Construction Steel hull; steel and teak superstructure
Gross Tonnage 178 Tons
Engine 2 x Lugger 16140AL
Location Spain
Price EUR 9,900,000

These details are provisional and may be amended




At the end of a busy 2022 season, at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez SHENANDOAH OF SARK showed a clean pair of heels to claim overall victory in the very strong schooner class of ELENA, NAEMA, VIVEKA, PURITAN, ASCHANTI IV and ORIANDA. No mean feat for a vessel conceived at the dawn of the 20th Century as the sumptuous, romantic, supremely capable and fast family yacht for a successful American investment banker’s retirement years European grand tour. The strikingly beautiful 3-masted schooner SHENANDOAH has been winning hearts, and the occasionally necessary saviours, ever more. For the past 30 years, the love and care lavished by passionate and adventurous owners in ensuring more than just her survival - in successfully blending modern superyacht luxury, equipment levels, and experience with golden age style - has been a winning formula for family, guests and charter guests, cruising, occasionally racing, and twice circumnavigating - in the greatest of style.



"Voyages on SHENANDOAH are a full immersion into the relaxing atmosphere of a bygone era, for not only her beauty but even her motion under sail resonates with a deep authenticity, which allows us a glimpse of the world through the sepia lens of the past. Her historic grace and timeless class give me great pleasure and it is this unique aspect of SHENANDOAH that I have endeavoured to preserve. SHENANDOAH will always be a treasure to myself, my family, the crew and key contractors who know her. Her upkeep and maintenance is not a chore or task but a responsibility to the past as well as the present. SHENANDOAH is a labour of love and it is my hope that her beauty may continue to grace the seas for many decades to come."



- MCA Short Range Yacht
- Commercially registered



- By McMullen & Wing, New Zealand
- Naval architecture by Martin Francis
- 1996 ShowBoats International Best Classic Yacht Restoration Award
- 1998 International Superyacht Society Awards - Best Refit

- 2019
- 2016
- 2009
- 2004



Thomas Ernest Ferris may be the first naval architect to have one of his creations described as a superyacht. When the New York Times heralded the September 1928 New York arrival of Vincent Astor’s new Ferris-designed, Krupp Germania Werft, Kiel, Germany-built 264 ft/ 80 m motor yacht NOURMAHAL - then the largest motor yacht built - the headline ran ‘"SUPER-YACHT" ERA HERE WITH NEW ASTOR CRAFT’.

Twenty six years earlier, in SHENANDOAH’s fine provenance the strong influence of A. Cary Smith (“our leading [American] schooner designer between about 1895 and 1905”, according to L. Francis Herreshoff) cannot possibly be ignored. T.E. Ferris was Townsend Downey Shipbuilding Superintendent at the time of SHENANDOAH’s build, and closely associated with Smith: most probably his protege, certainly his apprentice, eventually his chief draughtsman, and from 1903 his business partner. The German Emperor, Kaiser Willhelm II’s Cary Smith-designed, slightly larger two-masted schooner METEOR III was built sided by side with SHENANDOAH on Shooters Island, just off the north coast of Staten Island, New York, and there are remarkable similarities in hull form.

Ferris would go on to design with Smith the beautiful 1911 schooner ENCHANTRESS for Chester W. Chapin, and to his own account for Vincent Astor, with Cox & Stevens responsible for the interiors, the aforementioned NOURMAHAL. He was a low-profile but well-connected and highly talented yacht designer, and a big player in shipbuilding, credited with 1800 vessels in a career that spanned two world wars.

©2023 Iain McAllister/ Sandeman Yacht Company Ltd.



SHENANDOAH was born into one of the 20th Century’s most glamorous eras, and in a decade when schooner building became all the rage - on both sides of the North Atlantic. She has survived two World Wars. She has welcomed on board the world’s most powerful families, international royalty and, alegedly, her fair share of smugglers and gamblers. She has raced across oceans and circumnavigated the globe many times. SHENANDOAH has also faced dereliction and neglect. She was lost to the world before being saved by one of the most successful entrepreneurs ever. She has, in a word, lived. And she has been loved. Not just for her renowned elegance; also for her supreme handling on the water. That is why SHENANDOAH is one of the finest yachts sailing today.

In 1901, 41-year-old Gibson Fahnestock, son of Harris Charles Fahnestock, one of America's most successful and richest bankers, was planning his retirement in the Mediterranean. Not content with eventually getting there on an ocean liner, he decided to commission the design and build of a fabulous new sailing yacht; her name was to be SHENANDOAH. He saw her as the ultimate retirement luxury; a ship that was meant to be both enjoyed and admired. After three seasons sailing out of Newport, Rhode Island, in 1905 he finally fulfilled his ambition to sail to and around the Mediterranean. SHENANDOAH hosted many glamorous parties along France’s Côte d'Azur and the Amalfi coast of Italy; for the next seven years the Mediterranean became her home.

German politician Walter von Brüning, was a trifle unfortunate. He renamed her LASCA II and berthed her at Kiel where she once again met up with the Kaiser’s METEOR III. Summers were spent in Cowes, Isle of Wight; though not many of them. In 1914, as war broke out, she was appropriated by the British.

Before the end of hostilities, LASCA II was briefly owned by London shipowner Frank Everard Dixon before transferring to prominent shipbuilder, naval architect and consulting engineer Sir John Esplen, who had served as Director of Overseas Ship Purchase at the Ministry of Shipping during the First World War. He restored the original name and installed her first twin screw auxiliary propulsion system with twin Parsons 6-cylinder paraffin motors.

Welsh coal mining magnate Godfrey H. Williams also owned spectacular St. Donat's Castle in Glamorganshire (later owned by William Randolph Hearst). After a short ownership Williams sold both the castle and SHENANDOAH about the same time and set off on a two-year circumnavigation with his family aboard the 1896 G.L. Watson-designed steam yacht SURPRISE (ex MARGARITA).

‘Flamboyant’ Prince Ludovico Spada Verralli Potenziani renamed her ATLANTIDE and added even more opulence to the interior, including immaculate hand-carved wood panelling. For a time he was Mayor of Rome, but his open defiance of Mussolini saw him forced into exile.

During a 1929 party at Naples, a guest was received on board and within minutes declared he would buy the ship, along with her crew of 12 Italian brothers and cousins. He was Danish yachtsman, philanthropist, and renowned sculptor Viggo Jarl. From a base at Cannes, Jarl began a series of adventurous voyages through the western and eastern Mediterranean, and the Red Sea, to the West Indies and Colombia, through the Panama Canal to Hawaii and then further down into South America. Jarl even took ATLANTIDE 500 miles up the Amazon until, “the jungle seemed to close in over the decks, the river was teeming with crocodiles and snakes.” In the late 1930s she sailed home to Denmark where Jarl purchased new sails and a pair of 6-cylinder Bukh diesels. On the outbreak of the Second World War he apparently hid the boat (no easy feat!), removing at least one engine and the masts to render the boat useless to the Nazis. Post war, her adventures continued, setting out on an eleven-month scientific expedition up the Congo and Niger rivers of Africa. Back in Cannes, members of the European aristocracy were frequent visitors: King Christian and Queen Alexandrine of Denmark; King Umberto of Italy; Baudouin, the young King of Belgium, and his father Ex-King Leopold; even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She was seen in Monte Carlo on the night Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco, though it’s not known if Jarl was a guest at the ceremony.

c1952- c1962
By the early 1950s Jarl, now in his 70s, downsized to the 100ft Camper & Nicholson motor yacht built as EULALIE, renamed her ATLANTIDE II, and ATLANTIDE (ex SHENANDOAH) moved to Honduras flag entity ownership. Her beneficial owner at least for part of this time may have been Julius Fleischmann Jr of Cincinnati and New York: art patron, Broadway producer and philanthropist, and no stranger to large yacht ownership, having circumnavigated with his family during the early 1930s aboard the 225 ft / 68 m motor yacht CAMARGO. By the early 1960s ATLANTIDE became something of a mystery yacht and was eventually seized at Cannes by the French authorities and lay abandoned for ten years.

She was rescued by ballpoint pen Baron Marcel Bich, her original name once again restored along with her structure and rig - her first major restoration - and she became mothership to his 1974 and 1977 America’s Cup challenges - returning to Newport Rhode Island for the first time since Gibson Fahnestock sailed out in 1905. Her visitors book became interesting once again including entries by Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK, as well as ambassadors and other dignities, while back in the Mediterranean a visitor of a very different kind of celebrity was pop singer Rod Stewart who filmed the video for his 1983 hit ‘What Am I Gonna Do’ on board off Cannes.

Luckily for SHENANDOAH, her owner from 1986, Swiss industrialist, collector of Impressionist art and rare automobiles Philip Bommer had first fallen in love with her at 13-years-old. He kept her alive and loved long enough to fall into the hands of a German owner prepared to give her the kind of deep restoration any 90-year-old yacht truly needs, and in the case of SHENANDOAH - deserves.

The 1994-1996 rebuild/ restoration at Auckland, New Zealand by McMullen & Wing gave SHENANDOAH the vitality she now exudes, under two ownerships honoured of course with 25 years of the best use and care a special yacht could ask for. Since 1996 SHENANDOAH has taken part in classic regatta around the world, including the New Zealand Millennium Cup, and the America’s Cup Jubilee, and voyaged extensively, including two cruises in Patagonia. In October 2022 SHENANDOAH won the seven-strong schooner class at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

(Adapted from the yacht's website. Additional material ©2023 Iain McAllister/ Sandeman Yacht Company Ltd.)



- Steel hull
- Steel and teak superstructure
- Teak laid deck on plywood epoxy substrate over steel deck beams
- Awlgrip Flag Blue, Oyster White and Gold exterior paint
- Intersleek 1100SR paint below waterline



The Cockpit area provides a wonderfully comfortable and safe area to enjoy a day’s sailing in comfort and for a magnificent al fresco dining experience for up to 10 guests.

Deck equipment
- Custom winches throughout
- Winch power, hydraulic block and tackle davits
- Varnished teak and steel passarelle
- Custom side boarding ladder
- 'O Light’ portable high beam search light

Ground tackle
- Maxwell VWC 1100 Anchor Windlass System
- 1 x Danforth main anchor and c 192 m chain
- 1 x Danforth kedge anchor and c 192 m chain



- Accommodation for a total of 8 adult guests plus 3 children

Saloon and dining room
- Skylight offering good natural light and ventilation
- Large L shaped settee / couch for 6 people with wine storage under
- 3 part custom ‘Shenandoah’ gimballed table with dining for 10
- Steinway Mini concert piano
- 55” LG OLED TV
- Linn stereo system
- Mac mini computer
- Wireless media control through iPad
- Bookshelves, CD shelves and DVD shelves throughout

Master Stateroom
- Palatial full beam master stateroom
- Skylight provides an abundance of light and natural ventilation throughout
- Double king bed
- Single bed
- 3 x Large wardrobes
- 2 x Large cabinets
- Ample storage for books on bookshelves

Large en suite
- 2 x Wash basins
- Bidet
- Shower
- WC
- 'Secret door’ to the Nav station

- Stateroom connected to all areas of the yacht by bedside and deck telephones on PBX
- Work desk with wireless and wired internet
- Display monitor linked to the chart plotter
- Real time weather information provided by B&G instruments
- Linn stereo system

Starboard Guest Stateroom
- Skylight providing natural light and ventilation
- Double bed
- Standalone music system
- En Suite bathroom
- Basin
- Bidet
- Shower
- WC

Port Forward Guest Stateroom
- Skylight providing natural light and ventilation
- Standalone music system
- Double bed and fixed single bed above
- Suitable for a couple with a child or for a nanny

En Suite bathroom
- Basin
- Bidet
- Shower
- WC

Port Aft Guest Stateroom
- Skylight providing natural light and ventilation
- Standalone music system
- Double bed and removable single bed above
- Options for guest with or without children

En suite bathroom
- Basin
- Bidet
- Shower
- WC



Accommodation for up to 12 crew members
- Master: double cabin with separate office attached and shared head with mate
- Mate: double cabin with desk and shared head with master
- Bosun & Chef: 2 x bunks with shared head
- Stewardesses: 2 x bunks with shared head
- Engineers: 2 x bunks with private head
- Deckhands: 3 x berths in fore peak with private head

Main Galley
- CookTek 6 x plate induction hob
- Convotherm steam oven
- Plate warmer
- NEFF backup oven/ grill
- Gaggenau steam oven (Bread Oven)
- Double sink custom made with plate rinse
- Drinking water UV sterilised
- Meat slicer
- Kitchen Aid mixer
- Thermomix
- Trash compactor
- Siemens microwave
- Nespresso coffee machines
- Toaster, kettle
- Miele dishwasher
- Hoshizaki double door fridge
- Hoshizaki single door freezer
- Hoshizaki ice maker
- Custom made deep freeze
- Custom made walk in cold room (under forecastle floor)

Crew Galley/Mess Equipment
- Zanussi drinks fridge
- Hoshizaki ice maker
- Gimballed table

- Aft: Miele washer and dryer
- Fwd: Miele washer and dryer



Masts and spars
- Oregon pine masts
- Oregon pine booms
- Rig beam at spreaders: 8 m

- Galvanised steel standing rigging by Spencer
- 3 strand, double braid, Dynema mix running rigging
- Ropes mostly Gleistein

Sail inventory
- Small jib topsail 59 Sq.m 8.9oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2015)
- Large jib topsail 178 Sq.m 6.9oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2000)
- Outer jib 65 Sq.m 8.5oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2014)
- Inner jib 54.8 Sq.m 9.5oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2012)
- Fore staysail 55 Sq.m 9.5oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2015)
- Light fore staysail 83 Sq.m 8.9oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2000)
- Foresail 112 Sq.m 2 x 8.3oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2015)
- Mainsail 138 Sq.m 2 x 8.3oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2011)
- Mizzen 252 Sq.m 2 x 8.3oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2015)
- Fore topsail 43 Sq.m 2 x 4.9oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn 2015)
- Main topsail 49 Sq.m 2 x 4.9oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2016)
- Mizzen topsail 60 Sq.m 2 x 4.9 oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2016)
- Large spinnaker/PCS 758 Sq.m 2.2luff/1.5 body Nylon, Halsey Lidgard (2000)
- Fore gollywobbler 178 Sq.m 2.2oz & 2 x 2.2oz Nylon, Halsey Lidgard (2005)
- Aft/Mizzen gollywobbler 235 Sq.m 2.2oz & 2 x 2.2oz, Halsey Lidgard (2011)
- Reacher 1 217 Sq.m 3.4oz Nylon, Halsey Lidgard (2000)
- Reacher 2 180 Sq.m 3.4oz Nylon, Halsey Lidgard (2000)
- Reacher 3 127 Sq.m 3.4oz Nylon, Halsey Lidgard (2011)
- Main topmast staysail 30 Sq.m 6.9oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2000)
- Mizzen topmast staysail 35 Sq.m 6.9oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2000)
- Fore topsail (Old Tasker) 43 Sq.m 2 x 5.9oz Dacron, Ratesy Lapthorn (2000)
- Main topsail (Old Tasker) 49 Sq.m 2 x 5.9oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2000)
- Mizzen trysail 52 Sq.m 15oz Dacron, Ratsey Lapthorn (2009)



- Maximum Speed:12 Knots
- Cruising Speed: 9 Knots
- Fuel Consumption: 1,000 Litre per day (Engines & genset)
- Range: 3,250 Nm

Propulsion main machinery
- 2 x Lugger 16140AL 500 hp diesel main engines
- Kobelt engine controls
- Engine hours: 19,000
- 2 x ZF BW160 gearbox:
- Hundested prop shafts
- Hundested VP7 propellers
- Custom hydraulic quadrant steering with AC and DC pumps
- Chain driven manual emergency steering

- 2 x Northern Lights 67 kW generators
- 380 AC, 3 phase 50 Hz electrical power
- Electronic and transformer Engineering NZ Custom 3 stage transformer shore power
- 2 banks of 12 x 2 Volt Cell sealed batteries:
- Electric main engine start
- Electric genset start
- 2 x 100 Amp chargers
- 4 x 3,000 Kw Converters
- Custom made hydraulic system (rebuilt in 2018)
- Air Conditioning plant installed 2011

Fuel, air and water
- 2 x HEM fresh water maker
- 3 x Grundfos fresh water pressure pumps
- Rheem fresh water heaters
- Water softeners, carbon filters and UV sterilisers
- Microphor vacuum toilet system
- Racor fuel filters
- Hamman sewage system (rebuilt 2012)
- Alpha Laval fuel centrifuge / filter separator
- 1 x 380, 1 x 24 V Aux Air compressor

- Fuel: 18,500 Litre
- Fresh Water: 6,000 Litre
- Lube oil: 230 Litre
- Waste oil: 700 Litre
- Grey water: 2,298 Litre
- Black water: 2,300 Litre



Fully integrated bridge and deck electronic navigation system with redundancy

Navigation Bridge
- Furuno FAR-2127 SOLAS radar
- Furuno Universal AIS 150 (integrated)
- Furuno DGPS, GP-32 and GP 80
- Furuno SSAS – Piracy alert with LRIT
- Furuno SSB 2570 MF/HF radio
- NMEA 2000 Interface throughout equipment
- Tokimec Gyro compass (with AD-100 integration)
- Simrad Wireless VHF
- Raymarine RAY49E VHF radio
- B&G Hydra pilot 5000
- Paper charting for most of the World (managed by Kelvin Hughes)
- Charting computer
- Maxsea Time Zero Explorer with Jeppesen and Navionics vector charting for Mediterranean, Atlantic and Caribbean.
- Sat-C integration
- Admiralty digital publications (ADP)
- Kelvin Hughes Chartco paper chart management
- NavNet 4 Integration

Deck Bridge
- NavNet 4 Touchscreen plotter and radar - TZ15
- B&G Weather instruments; wind,speed
- B&G Paddlewheel
- B&G & Furuno FCV 600L depth sounder
- Simrad log
- Simrad AP 70 autopilot
- B&G Hydra pilot 5000
- B&G Fluxgate compass
- B&G Rudder indicator
- Simrad VHF wireless
- Suunto magnetic compass
- 3 x Icom VHF handheld radios
- 4 x Icom UHF handheld radios

- KVH Mini VSat broadband HTS satcom (installed 2021)
- VOIP and Sailor Fleet broadband 250 telephone system
- 2 x Handheld iridium telephones
- GSM cellular phone system antenna on mast with sim card input in Nav area
- External Pepwave BR1 4G Antenna with multiple SIM ports
- PBX – IP30 Telephone exchange intercom
- 6 x portable UHF radios for ship's internal comms
- 5 x ICOM portable VHF radios
- 2 x Raymarine Ray49E fixed VHF DSC radios

Brother all in one laser colour printer at captain’s office
- Samsung inkjet colour printer at owners desk



- 2 x Laser dinghies
- 1 x Ribeye A600 customised superyacht guest tender with Yamaha F115 (2015)
- 1 x Zodiac crew tender with 20 hp Yamaha
- 6 x full sets of dive equipment
- Bauer dive compressor
- 4 x Bicycles
- 2 x Stand up paddle boards
- 1 x Wake board
- 2 x Water skis
- 4 x Inflatable canoe
- 2 x F5S inflatable seabobs
- 1 x inflatable Fliteboard

Entertainment and A/V inventory (some referred to by location elsewhere)
55” 3D Samsung LED TV
Linn stereo
Keltik loudspeakers forward, AV5120 speakers midships Tukan speakers aft
Pekin tuner
Denon DBT-1713UD Blu Ray player
MacMini Server 12TB entertainment server
Amplifiers and associated equipment
Yamaha AVR 3040 pre amp,
Klimax Solo x 6 fwd speaker power amplifiers
Klimax Aktiv x 2 fwd speaker active crossover
LK240 midships speaker power amplifier
LK240 x 2 aft speaker power amplifiers
Ikemi CD Player
Linn stereo
Ninka speakers
Ikemi CD Player
LK100 mid and bass power amp
LK140 treble power amp
Wakonda pre amp

Linn Katan
LK 100Amplifier

Crew entertainment
Computer with internet access.
Entertainment system run through computer
VHF radio
PLC Control stereo



- Ship’s Safe in captain’s cabin and owners stateroom
- Fire control system: 4 x Hydrants, Fixed FM 200 and HiFog
- 2 x RFD 20 person life rafts
- 2 x life rings
- 1 x Tender, 1 x McMurdo Smartfind G5 EPIRBs
- Standard Ocean flare pack for yacht and tender
- Full MCA, SOLAS A medical equipment


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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