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America, Circa 1959

LOU BANKS TANK TEST MODEL FOR THE 5.5-METER YACHT "BINGO II"

Built up in wood, the interior hollowed, and the exterior of the hull shaped, faired and finished to a race finish. On the leading edge of the bow, down to the bottom edge of the keel, sand has been glued in place. This sand was used to create a disturbance to the laminar flow, so the flow below the waterline and around the keel could be more easily documented. Exterior of the hull marked #2164, which is the identification number for the Davidson Lab at the Stephens Institute where the model was tested. In addition, the exterior of the hull is marked on the starboard side with station frames and a dotted line that represents an alternative, longer, waterline. The interior of the hull is marked "Bingo I - Feb. 27 1959 - LLB Jr". Also marked with two dates in the hull: February 27, 1959 and December 28, 1964". Inscribed "New type keel, Dec. 28, 1964"; keel modification is visible on model. (SEE NOTE BELOW FROM KELTON ARCHIVES)
Height 14.5". Length 61.25". Beam 12.25".
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  • Provenance: Bill Luders, Luders Yachts. Benjamin D. Gilbert, Darien, Connecticut. Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine. Don Mallow & Bob Wallstrom, Blue Hill, Maine. Christie's East, Maritime Art Auction #8347, August 2000. The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts. Note: This model is clearly marked as BINGO I and dated February 27, 1959 on the hull interior. Information received from Bob Walstrom, a previous owner of the model and biographer for Luders Marine, states that he believes this model to be of BINGO II (hull #1060), a subsequent hull built by Luders in 1966 and jointly owned by Benjamin Gilbert and Luders Marine. This conflicts with the model's hull markings. Some confusion arises from the list of Luders 5.5 meter yachts named BINGO provided by Walstrom which lists the first BINGO (hull #1032) as being built by Bjarne Aas in Norway in 1963. Both Brewer and Wallstrom agree that BINGO II, sailed by Don McNamara, won the Bronze medal in the 1964 Olympics. This seemingly would identify the 1963 hull as BINGO II, with the 1966 hull (#1060) logically being BINGO III. Brewer (who did the drawings for BINGO II) further states that BINGO II had the first of Luders' distinctive 'ducktail' sterns. The model has a square stern, conspicuously lacking the graceful downward sweep of Luders' 'ducktail' designs. The evidence points to this being the tank test model for the earlier BINGO I, built in 1959, for which we have as yet been unable to find substantive documentation. Bingo II (Luders hull #1032) was owned by Benjamin Gilbert of Stamford CT, who may have also owned BINGO I. Her principal helmsman was Bill Luders. She competed under Luders in both the 1963 5.5. meter championships and the Gold Cup. In 1964, sailed by Don McNamara, she won a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics. This model, marked as Bingo I was designed by Alfred Luders Jr. and the model was built by Lou Banks, pattern maker and loftsman of the Luders Construction Company of Stamford, Connecticut.

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