Steers (1819 - 1856)
AMERICA, the schooner yacht that gave its name to
the "One Hundred Guinea Cup" was modeled
and built by the youthful American George Steers in
the shipyard of William H. Brown in New York. Steers
was confident of the abilities of the AMERICA and
went across on her for the famous race around the
Isle of Wight in August 1851. He assisted Captain
Richard Brown by looking after the rigging and attending
to the set and trim of sails. Commodore Stevens of
the New York Yacht Club acknowledged George Steers'
role in building the vessel responsible for winning
the Cup when he stated, "the model and construction
of the yacht AMERICA was due, and due alone, to Mr.