Photo of the Week: Fashionable Yachts

Yachts and Schooner “dress up” for the summer season, circa 1930, V1973.5.971; Brooklyn Photograph and Illustration collection, ARC.202; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This beautiful yacht is being cleaned and painted in the Tebo Yacht Basin area.  In searching for more information on the Tebo Yacht Basin area I found some articles in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper online, through the Brooklyn Public Library. According to this article on a “Fine Fleet of Yachts” Tebo’s yacht basin sat at the foot of Twenty-Third Street.  Another article “Tebo’s Yacht Basin Sold” describes the Tebo Yacht Basin as “a Brooklyn hospital for disabled vessels and a famous wintering place for the aristocracy of the sea.” The original owner of the Tebo Yacht Basin was Mr. William M. Tebo, a Flatbush millionaire and philanthropist according to his obituary.  He suffered from paralysis for years before he passed away in 1900.   Soon after Mr. Tebo’s death, C.B. Haviland and J. Wiliam Haviland Jr., two of the grandchildren of William Tebo, became sole owners of the  property.  It is unclear how long the Tebo Yacht Basin remained open after that, but this image provides a brief glimpse of it in its heyday.

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2 Responses to Photo of the Week: Fashionable Yachts

  1. Danielle Rice says:

    William M. was my Great, Great Grandfather’s Brother. I’m so pleased that someone’s taken an interest in the Yacht Basin. As far as I can tell, it was eventually taken over by Todd Shipyards.

  2. Susan McCahon says:

    William Tebo was my Great, Great Grandfather. I am pleased to see this article.

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