Designer: Clinton Crane | Harry B. Nevins, Inc.
Year Built: 1937 | Other Names: Charlotte II (1950)
Length Overall: 20.65m | Waterline: 13.54m
Beam: 3.66m | Draft 2.64m | Sail Area: 181sq. m
Construction: double-planked mahogany on cedar, oak frames
First Owner: Clinton Crane, U.S.A.
Current Owner: Elizabeth (Teidemann) DuPont, Seascope Yacht Charters | Homeport: Newport, RI
Clinton Crane built Gleam for his own use using an innovative method of tank testing against Seven Seas. She had a new lead keel in 1939 and was also dismasted that year. Her mast was replaced with one built for Vim. Crane shared the findings of his extensive testing with Olin Stephens and Francis Herreshoff. She won the Astor Cup (NYYC) in 1937.
Gleam was purchased by B. Devereaux Barker and B. Devereaux Barker Jr. of Marblehead, MA– they installed an engine in 1940. In 1950 John N. Potter of Darien, CT purchased Gleam, renamed her Charlotte II and replaced her engine.
W. Mahlon Dickerson purchased, restored her name to Gleam and brought her home to Oyster Bay, NY. She was the trial horse for Vim and Sceptre in the 1958 America’s Cup and for Gretel in the 1962 Cup.
Robert Tiedemann (now deceased) purchased Gleam, brought her to Newport, RI. He gave her a full restoration and a new engine. Tiedemann is often credited for the rebirth of the 12 Metre Fleet in Newport, RI as we know it today. Gleam is currently owned by Elizabeth (Tiedemann) DuPont, Seascope Yacht Charters, Newport.
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang
** 6/20/17: Gleam is currently for sale.