The illustrious 10-Meter's arrived on the Northeast racing circuit with much fanfare during the economic boom of the late 1920's. Their designed and order was announced in the December 1926 Yachting Magazine and the initial group of owners were titans of industry and well known names in the Long Island yachting community.
"What promises to be the most talked of class of boats to be raced in this country next year is the one-design class of 10-meter boats, designed by Burgess, Rigg & Morgan for a number of Long Island Sound yachtsmen, work on which will soon be started in a foreign shipyard. These craft, the plans of which are shown on this page, are designed under the International _ Rule of measurement, with a few changes, such as the raising of the freeboard to give 6 feet headroom under the bridge deck between the cabin houses, and the lowering of the lead keel to offset the consequent raising of the center of gravity. The dimensions are: l.o.a., 58.85'; l.w.l., 36'; beam, extreme 10.5'; draft, 7.5'; sail area, 1402 sq. ft.
The following yachtsmen have already ordered boats, with more in the offing: Clifford D. Mallory, Philip R. Mallory, Henry L. Maxwell, Carrol Alker, Ernest G. Draper, W. A. W. Stewart, George G. Milne, and F.L. Carlisle. Lloyd’s requirements will be followed in the building, which will be under Lloyd’s supervision, the scantlings being somewhat heavier than customary m this country for boats of this type. The construction is composite, the main frames being steel, hot galvanized, with alternate frames of white oak. They will be single planked, of 1 1/4-inch mahogany, with white pine decks, finished bright." (Read the whole article here)
Fourteen yachts were ordered to be built in Germany by the well known yard Abeking & Rasmussen with a May 1st delivery date and on May 1st the first 8 were loaded onto a steamer. Lifting eyes in the keel made for easy loading & unloading and the masts, with complete rigging were positioned on the deck allowing for quick rigging upon arrival. The first 8 arrived in Halifax on Saturday, May 14th, 1927 and by the time their owners and delivery crew arrived on Monday, May 16th the boats were docked side by side fully rigged and ready to sail.
Why Halifax and not their home port of New York? Taxes. If the new yachts sailed into the states under their own bottom they avoided the hefty import taxes and you don't get to be a titan of industry with new toys by giving all of your money to uncle sam! Read more about their delivery here in a 1927 Yachting Magazine article.