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THE WESTWARD CUP - A LARGE HALLMARKED SILVER TROPHY CUP BY WALKER & HALL - SHEFFIELD 1930, having an engraving of a tall sailing boat to one side and to the other engraved 'WESTWARD CUP for International 6 metres presented by T.B.Davis commemorating his Schooner "Westward" first racing at Cannes March 1930, with typical twin handle form with large rectangular integral base, approx weight 3160g, H 47.5 cm Note: Thomas Davis was born at Havre des Pas, St Helier, Jersey on 25 April 1867, the son of Thomas Leopold Davis, a fisherman and ship's carpenter.The Davis family lived at Havre des Pas he was educated at St Luke's Elementary School. His parents struggled to get the twopence a week they had to pay as a contribution to his education. Davis did not go on to higher education but instead went to sea as a ship's boy aged 15 on the vessel Satellite, a 245-ton three masted schooner owned by R & George Allix of Havre des Pas, In 1899 aged 32 Davis moved to South Africa, firstly to East London where he took up a stevedoring post. Finally settling in Durban he took over Brock and Company Stevedores. This formed the basis of his wealth as eventually he controlled all of the stevedoring business from Port Elizabeth to Dar-es-Salaam. Within 10 years of settling in South Africa Davis had made his fortune and continued to be interested in sailing after making his fortune. He owned several racing yachts, the most famous of which was the 135-foot (41 m) schooner Westward.Westward was built between 1909 and 1910 by Nathanael Herreshoff of the Herreschoff Manufacturing Company of Rhode Island for the New York industrialist Alexander Smith Cochran. She was constructed with an all-steel hull of LWL 97 feet (30 m), designed and built for speed. She was purchased soon after completion by a syndicate of German businessmen who renamed her Hamburg. She was sold back into American ownership after the Great War and resumed her original name. Davis acquired her in 1924. Between 1925 and 1935, Davis raced the Westward in British and European waters against renowned opponents such as Sir Thomas J. Lipton's 23mR Shamrock (1908) and George V of the United Kingdom's HMY Britannia I (1893). The Westward was a familiar entry for Cowes Week during this time. Over the years Davis and King George V developed a fierce though friendly rivalry.In 1936, following the death of the King, Davis more or less gave up racing. He had a motor fitted in Westward and used her for cruising. Westward was laid up in Dartmouth for the duration of the Second World War. She was offered to three training schools after the war but no one could afford to repair and maintain her. When no suitable owner could be found for his beloved Westward, in accordance with his wishes, she was loaded with dynamite and blown up in the Hurd Deep in the English Channel, at a memorial service on 15 July 1947.Read more

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