Another America’s Cup Challenger – Dame Pattie

Dame Pattie wet weather trousers before treatment.

Dame Pattie crew wet weather trousers

A recent conservation treatment on some wet weather gear uncovers the history of another America’s Cup challenger, Dame Pattie a purpose-built 12m class racing yacht, named after the wife of Sir Robert Gordon Menzies who served two terms as Australian Prime Minister from 1939-1941 and then 1949-1966. In 1967, although winning the trials easily, Dame Pattie skippered by Jock Sturruck, lost the series (4-0) to the American yacht Intrepid skippered by Bus Mosbacher in a a series raced in unseasonally stronger winds when Dame Pattie was better suited to lighter breezes.

Dame Pattie , christened in 1966 was designed by Warwick Hood and built by WH Barnett using a combination of Australian, Danish and Canadian timber. The main-frame was constructed using laminated Queensland maple. Edge-grain Douglas fir planking was fastened to the intermediate frame constructed using Danish ash, using silicon bronze screws.

During that particular America’s Cup race in 1967, hurricane Doria was generating off-shore northeasterly winds making wet weather gear an essential article of clothing for the contest. The Dame Pattie crew wore wet weather gear made by Plastalon. The jacket features a hood with a small peak brim, white nylon drawstring and plastic toggles and large pockets either side of the centre front opening. The jacket is fastened using black, press studs. The yacht Dame Pattie logo is printed on the left chest. The trousers feature two side pockets, an elasticised waist adjusted to fit the wearer using press studs.

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The textile conservator removes black soiling using a 50% mixture of ethanol and deionised water.

5 thoughts on “Another America’s Cup Challenger – Dame Pattie

  1. Hi Julie,
    Great blog 🙂 WH Barnett, or Billy Barnett, also designed the yacht MYRA TOO – a replica of which is currently being built (with some assistance fromt the museum) and Billy has been providing advice!
    Cheers,

    Penny

  2. But where is Dame Pattie now?
    I have the answer!
    Last week I was sailing in the Med and called in to a small marina and boat repair yard at Villefranche, just north of Nice. There, hidden away on a mooring was none other than Dame Pattie! I found out it had been refitted with cabins and was owned at one stage by somebody who used it for charters in Vancouver, but when I saw her she had ‘Newport Rhode Island’ as her home port!

    • Hi Jim,

      Thanks for your comment – that’s really interesting! We would love to know more about your DAME PATTIE spotting. Could you send me an email on phyde@anmm.gov.au so we can talk further?

      Cheers,

      Penny Hyde
      Curatorial assistant

      • the boat is owned by a guy that lives in Denmark called Mads Buhl, I can send you his contact details if you are interested

  3. The intriguing background of the jockstrap… We have to visit all the way back to the 1870s, including a Mr. Bennett of Chicago, who had been obviously *very* worried about the injury that cobbled roads did to street bike courier’s nuts. All of that out of control moving about kept him up at nighttime. Poor Mr. Bennett. Yet the good news is for the bike messengers (as well as ‘jockeys’), Mr. Bennett had a thought, and he referred to it as after these individuals. The ‘jock strap’ was created. Fast-forward fifty years into the 1920s, and a fresh Canadian named Jack Cartlege. Jack beloved his hockey *almost* as much as he liked slipping on his much-loved jock strap, but it wasn’t until one fateful day in 1927 that Jack realized (the hard way!) that his jock strap was no rivalry for any hockey puck in the groin. Jack wasn’t massively enthusiastic on duplicating the experience, and who places blame him, so he came up with the ingenious idea of slipping a hard mug on the top of his jock strap. The design and style was rapidly patented and development commenced. Guys do not had to reside in being nervous about a stray puck, ball or studded shoe. Jack’s combination of jock strap and safety cup took over as anchor of boys’ secondary school sports kit throughout the world for the remainder of the 20th century, right up until underwear brand names like Andrew Christian, C-in2 and Addicted started off reinventing the classic layout. Out gone the unattractive shade of off-white as well as the unflattering waistbands, and in came a new variety of revolutionary cuts and models, and exciting colors. These current jock straps are the perfect balance between style and performance – as great around the track or in a fitness center because they are under a pair of jeans, or suit trousers if you’re game for it. Business in the front, party in the back!

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