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Edward Burgess

Edward Burgess

Male 1848 - 1891  (43 years)

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  • Name Edward Burgess 
    Born 30 Jun 1848  West Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Education Harvard class of 1871, honorary master'd degree in 1888.  [1
    _UID ADEF024913C54C7C826F44FE46A28FB1E2C5 
    Buried Jul 1891  Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 12 Jul 1891  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • BURGESS, Edward, naval architect, born in West Sandwich, Massachusetts, 30 June, 1848. After graduation at Harvard in 1871, he became secretary of the Boston society of natural history, edited its publications for several years, and published several memoirs on anatomical subjects. From 1879 till 1883 he was instructor in entomology in Harvard. He traveled in Europe, and, m an amateur way, studied the principles of naval architecture, bringing his knowledge and judgment to the practical test of designing and building vessels for his own use. His success in this line was so marked that when, in 1883, a reverse of fortune threw him upon his own resources for a livelihood, he naturally turned to the designing of sailing-yachts. Several of his boats won fame in eastern waters, and when, in 1884, it became necessary to build a large sloop-yacht to represent the United States in a series of international races, he was selected by a committee of Boston gentlemen to draw plans for a suitable vessel. The famous sloop "Puritan " was the result, and in the contest for the "America's" cup in 1885 she defeated all competitors, including the fine English cutter "Genesta," which had crossed the ocean to enter the contest. This was a remarkable triumph in view of the fact that it was the first attempt of an American designer to solve certain ship-building problems to which Englishmen had given their attention for a score of years. In the following season Mr. Burgess brought out the "Mayflower," a sloop slightly larger than the "Puritan," and the "Sachem," a large schooner-yacht that has shown remarkable sea-going qualities. During the season of 1886 the "Mayflower" easily defeated, not only all American vessels of her class, but distanced the English cutter "Galatea" which had come over in the hope of redeeming the "Genesta's" defeat of the preceding year.

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      Edward Burgess (1848?1891) was an American yacht designer, born June 30, 1848 in West Sandwich, Massachusetts.

      Edward is fifth son of Benjamin Franklin Burgess (1818?1876) and Cordelia Williams Ellis(1821?1876). The Burgess family were merchants who made their money in the West Indies trade and lost it in 1879. They had a summer residence in Beverly, Massachusetts.

      Edward was educated at Harvard, graduating in 1871, and became secretary of the Boston Society of Natural History, in which capacity he edited the publications of the society, and published several memoirs on anatomical subjects. In 1879 he became instructor in entomology at Harvard, remaining until 1883. He traveled in Europe, and, in an amateur way, studied the principles of naval architecture, bringing his knowledge and judgment to the practical test of designing and building vessels for his own use. His success in this line was so marked that when, in 1883, a reverse of fortune threw him upon his own resources for a livelihood, he naturally turned to the designing of sailing yachts.

      Several of his boats won fame in the waters of the eastern United States, and when, in 1884, it became necessary to build a large sloop yacht to represent the United States in a series of international races, he was selected by a committee of Bostonians to draw plans for a suitable vessel. From his designs the Puritan was built, which easily defeated the Genesta (English) in the races for the America's Cup in 1885. This was a remarkable triumph in view of the fact that it was the first attempt of an American designer to solve certain shipbuilding problems to which Englishmen had given their attention for a score of years.

      In 1886, his Mayflower, slightly larger than the Puritan, led in the race with the English Galatea. In 1888 his fishing schooner Carrie E. Phillips distanced four competitors in the fisherman's race held in Boston harbor. His Volunteer won the America's cup against the Thistle, the special product of British genius, in the international races of 1887. His other yachts included the Mariquita and Gossoon, both remarkably swift sloops designed to counter the success of the Clyde-built cutter Minerva (William Fife, 1888).

      Edward married Caroline Louisa Sullivant on June 2, 1877 in Boston. She was born 2 November 1852 in Columbus Ohio and is daughter of William Starling & Caroline Eudora (Sutton) Sullivant. They had two sons William Starling Burgess and Charles Paine Burgess. Edward died July 12, 1891 of Typhoid Fever.[1] Caroline died 16 September 16, 1891 in Boston of pneumonia. They are both buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery lot #1167 Geranium Path.

      Burgess was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1994.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Burgess

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      Edward was educated at Harvard, graduating in 1871, and became secretary of the Boston Society of Natural History, in which capacity he edited the publications of the society. In 1879 he became instructor in entomology at Harvard, remaining until 1883. Financial reverses caused him to turn his attention to designing yachts. From his designs the Puritan was built, which easily defeated the Genesta (English) in the races for the America's cup in 1885. In 1886 his Mayflower led in the race with the English Galatea. In 1888 his fishing schooner Carrie E. Phillips distanced four competitors in the fisherman's race held in Boston harbor. His Volunteer won the America's cup against the Thistle, the special product of British genius, in the international races of 1887. His other yachts included the Mariquita, Minerva, and Gossoon, all of them remarkably swift sailing craft.
    Person ID I149825  Burgess
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2012 

    Father Benjamin Franklin Burgess,   b. 6 Sep 1818, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1919, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years) 
    Mother Cordelia Williams Ellis,   b. 3 Jul 1821, Raynham, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1876, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 3 Oct 1839  Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F52668  Group Sheet

    Family Caroline Louisa Sullivant,   b. 2 Nov 1854, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1891, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1877  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. William Starling Burgess,   b. 25 Dec 1878, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1947, Hoboken, Hudson, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +2. Charles Paine Burgess,   b. 9 Apr 1888, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F54608  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jun 1848 - West Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Jun 1877 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jul 1891 - Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jul 1891 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S139] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Lee Drew library., 375 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S139] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Lee Drew library., 374 (Reliability: 3).