BOAT ID: 5386659

Year: 1938
Length: 70 ft.
Engine/Fuel Type:
Located In: Portsmouth, RI, United States
Hull Material: Wood

Current Price: $425,000

Contact Information
Name: Sparkman & Stephens Brokerage
Phone: (203) 687-4700

NORTHERN LIGHT’s pedigree is hard to question – a pre War 12 Metre from the board of
Sparkman & Stephens; her beauty is effortless and so is her charm. She has all the power of a
12 but is somehow less brutal than the later boats yet arguably just as potent. She has been a
survivor throughout her 77 years but most dramatically when she was rescued from the bottom
of a lake in Michigan in 1984. She spent 2 winters there being put back together before being
sailed to Newport in 1986. She is USCG certified for 13 passengers and 3 crew

Cabins 1
Heads 1

LOA-Hull: 70 ft.
LOA-Total: 70 ft.
Beam: 11.92 ft.
Length on Deck: 70 ft.
Maximum Draft: 8.75 ft.


Brand: Westerbeke
Year Built: 200
Engine Model: 55D-Four
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours:
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power:

Fresh Water Tanks: 20 gallons
Fuel Tanks: 35 gallons
Holding Tanks: 15 gallons


NORTHERN LIGHT was built in 1938 as a 24th birthday present to Alfred Lee Loomis Jr. from
his father as enticement to keep his young son from going on his grande tour to Europe. Later
under the ownership of the Greek shipping tycoon, Stavros Niarchos, as NEREUS she was
involved in the America’s Cup in 1958 for the defender COLUMBIA and then again in 1962
and 1964. After her cup service, she ended up in Pentwater, Michigan and participated in local
racing including the famous Chicago – Mackinac Race. In 1984, her owner fell into arrears with
his boatyard payments; the boatyard taking ownership, then for a lake surge to occur impaling
NORTHERN LIGHT on a piling and sinking her.
The late Bob Tiedemann purchased her in a blind bidding offer to the boatyard. After spending
2 winters in Michigan replacing the steel floors with bronze, rebuilding the rudder, scarfing 16
ft of Sitka spruce on her original mast and replacing some bottom planking and painting
topsides and bottom, she was re launched. In 1986 Bob and crew brought her back to the east
coast to Newport, RI, where she has been offering private charters since.
NORTHERN LIGHT’s original interior had been removed during the late 1970s. Her current
configuration is open with a navigation area, galley, cushioned settees and a private head; ideal
for chartering and racing. She is very competitive and has won several regattas including the
Classic Yacht regatta held annually in Newport, RI and her class in the Edgartown Yacht Club
12-metre regatta. NORTHERN LIGHT was placed tenth in the Classic Division in 2001 in
Cowes during the World Championships and second in the Vintage division in 2009 in Newport
The bow of NORTHERN LIGHT is clearly visible while chasing GLEAM in the famous black and
white Rosenfeld image “Flying Spinnakers” taken in the late 1930’s in Long Island Sound, New
The owner has two volumes of scrapbooks and the original set of blue prints.


Construction, Rig, Spars, Sails, and Deck Equipment

– Carvel double planked mahogany and cedar on white oak frame with silicon bronze fastenings

– Open layout with double berth port side in aft section
– Navigation seating/desk area starboard side
– Galley on port side with sink, stove, reach in ice box and cabinetry
– 2 x settee berths on port and starboard
– Head to starboard with Skipper WC
– Forward open for storage

– Spruce mast and boom
– Wooden spinnaker pole
– Stainless flat rod and stainless standing rigging
– Hood main sail with cover in off white with smaller cut panels
– 4 x Jibs with covers; #1, #2, #3 and #4 all off white with smaller cut panels
– 6 x Spinnakers of various configurations
– Navy chute; fairly new

– Anchors and chain
– All winches are the original bronze by Henry B. Nevins



Mechanical, Electrical, and Tankage

– Westerbeke 55D-four 2003
– Offset feathering propellor
– 12 V Electronics
– Pumped fresh water
– 30-40 US Gallon fuel tank
– 20 US Gallon fresh water tank
– 15 US Gallon holding tank


Navigation, Communication, Electronics, and Safety

– Magnetic steering compass
– VHF radio


– Fixed fire system in engine space
– 10 to 12 person flotation life raft

– 16 adult PFDs and 2 child PFD’s
– 2 man overboard life rings



Restoration/Refit Details

1984 -1986
– Robert Tiedemann purchased NORTHERN LIGHT in her sunken condition and raised her
– Removed the mast and stabilized her on land
– Replaced the steel floors with bronze
– Re planked areas of the hull bottom
– Rebuilt the rudder.
– Modified ring frames installed
– Forward section each side of the hull bottom refastened with bronze fastenings
– Bottom refastening completed
– Rudder post area rebuilt
– New gudgeon shoe cast and installed
– Rudder stripped and faired

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