Name Mignon

Yard No. 427

Year 1898

Type 21ft Linear R.

Rig Gaff Sloop

Designer William Fife III

Builder William Fife & Son, Fairlie

LOA 30′ 8″ — 9.35 m

LOD 27′ 2″ — 8.30 m

LWL 16′ 2″ — 5.10 m

Beam 6′ 9″ — 2.00 m

Draft 4′ — 1.20 m

Displacement 3 t

Construction Wood

Sail No. /

Engine None

Ex-name /

First Owner Nelson Mitchell

Location Italy

Web /

Last restoration In progress, Officine Nautiche Verbano, Lago Maggiore, Italy


Information & History

The hull plank was built in yellow pine on rock elm. The frames are alternately placed: oak structural frames and steam folded black locust frames. The flush deck was planked in white pine, while the lugger rigg is in douglas and pitch-pine.

Three sisterships were built to the same design, Mignon (1898 n°427), Yvette (1899 n°449) and Pierette (1899 n°450). The design is believed to be inspired by Sir Thomas Lipton’s commission for his 1899 America’s Cup challenger Shamrock. Mignon was a one fifth scale model built to test the lines for Shamrock I.  She was originally lug rigged but Fife changed her to Bermudan rigged in 1917 and provided her with a 5-Meter rig.

Last update: May 2020

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