Ticonderoga (1936) – Scale Model Sailboat by Abordage – Museum Quality History of the Ticonderoga Many consider Ticonderoga, launched as “Tioga” in 1936, as the crowning design achievement of L. Francis Herreshoff. Renamed "Ticonderoga" in 1946, this ketch went on to set more elapsed-time records than any ocean racer in history. Francis Herreshoff designed the 72-foot ketch Ticonderoga to be a fast day boat for Harry Noyes and his family. But he designed her with the flowing lines below the water and breathtaking clipper-yacht aesthetics above. Big Ti, as she was known, impressed everyone with her speed on all points of sail. She was not only fast but elegant, with a clipper bow, elliptical transom, raked rig, and a bathtub--truly an enchanted yacht. Racing her soon took center stage. Many yachting connoisseurs consider her the most beautiful ocean racer ever built. Since she was launched in 1936 as Tioga II, she was recorded more ocean-racing victories, especially first-overall honors, than any yacht in history. She has been refitted as a luxurious cruising boat, but her current owner frequently races. Along with Endeavour and Shamrock V, Ticonderoga is one of the most famous racing yachts still sailing today.