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A 1928 NEW YORK HIGH-SPEED COMMUTER YACHT, designed by John H Wells Inc. and built by Henry B Nevins Inc. City Island, New York for multi-millionaire Louis Gordon Hammersley

  • Fully Restored yet retaining period style
  • Charter potential or private yacht
  • The iconic New York Commuter Yacht

Boat Details

Overall Length: 75ft
Waterline: 74ft 2ins
Beam: 13ft
Draught: 4ft
Displacement: 50 Gross Reg Tons
Engine: Twin 350hp Caterpiller Diesel Engines
Berths: Six Guests & Three Crew
Sail: n/a
Designer: John Wells
Builder: Henry Nevin
Year Built: 1928
Location: New Jersey, USA



Cigarette is probably one of the most famous and iconic of the New York Commuters, built for business tycoon Louis Gordon Hammersley and launched in 1928 from Henry Nevins Boatyard on City Island.

Louis had the good fortune to inherit seven millon dollars while still at college, he used this windfall to indulge his passion for speed. He owned several vessels named Cigarette and won the Presidents Cup Race on the Potomac in 1926, the cup presented by Calvin Coolidge.
His 1928 Cigarette was originally powered by a pair of 450hp Winton petrol engines and now benefits from recently fitted twin 3406 Caterpillar 350hp diesel engines together with bow and stern thrusters.

Louis kept Cigarette until 1931 selling her to William Deering Howe of New York, he changed her name to Nepenthe . She was sold again in 1947, the new owner, Henry Stadler of New Jersey changing her name to Philijean . In 1969 William Hampson of City Island bought Philijean when she was at the International Yacht Restoration School at Newport, Rhode Island. She was still in need of further restoration in the 1980’s and remarkably survived being broken up like so many other worthy vessels of her type. However she has now been saved and fully restored and re-named Cigarette .

Double planked mahogany hull, mahogany and teak superstructure. Largely original interior with modern amenities blending harmoniously with the period fittings and joinery. New galley, wifi etc.


One of the most famous 1920’s Commuter Boats, a remarkable survivor from an historic era. Now fully restored to gleaming splendour, tastefully combining period features with modern day amenities and stylish accommodation.

An ideal charter boat or private yacht for extended living and cruising.
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More photographs to follow.

GUIDE: $798,000
LYING: New Jersey, USA