The Nevins-built schooner BRILLIANT, design No. 12 from Sparkman & Stephens, was commissioned by Walter Barnum in 1930. She immediately proved her speed, seaworthiness, and comfort, notably with a record-setting transatlantic passage in 1933. Since 1953, this extraordinary yacht has been in the collections of Mystic Seaport Museum, where she operates as sail-training vessel—one of the oldest such programs in the United States. Her history, operation, and maintenance are detailed in this video by her captain, Sarah Armour; the video was shot and edited for WoodenBoat by Alison Langley, and it includes original drawings from Sparkman & Stephens.

You may also read Sarah Armour’s article “Aboard: BRILLIANT” in the November/December issue of WoodenBoat (No. 295). Learn more and subscribe to the magazine here:

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