Blossom II" is a Q Class sloop built in 1925. She
was recently completely rebuilt by Dennis Conner.
Blossom II" was originally designed by Johan Anker
(1871-1940) under the Universal Class rule. She was
built in 1925 at the Anker & Jensen shipyard in
Asker Norway, not far from Oslo. She was shipped as
deck cargo to Halifax. In order to avoid heavy
import duties, she was sailed from Halifax to her
first home port in Marblehead, MA. Originally built
as "Leonore" for Robert Amory, she was one of two
Anker & Jensen Q-boats delivered to Marblehead that
year, the other being "Sally XIII" for Lawrence
built his first boat in 1889. He formed a
partnership with Christian Jensen in 1905. The Anker
& Jensen yard built boats from dinghies to schooners
including Six, Eight and Twelve meter racing yachts.
Anker chaired the Scandinavian Yacht Racing Union.
His best known design is the Dragon class, which
came out in 1928.
The Q class
was introduced in 1904, Arestes being the first
built under this rule. Some twenty Qs were built,
attracting such designers as John Alden, L. Francis
Herreshoff, Frederick Hoyt, Frank Paine and Johan
Anker. The last Q boat built was "Questa", a
Herreshoff design built in 1929 by Graves. 1929 also
turned out to be the peak year for Q boats in
Marblehead with 14 boats competing. ("Questa", Q-14,
is now sailing on Flathead Lake, MT with another
Herreshoff Q, "Nor'easter V", Q-12, built in 1928.
See WoodenBoat #170.)