Volunteer, a centerboard compromise sloop, was designed by Edward Burgess and built by Pusey & JonesShipbuilding Company at Wilmington, Delaware in 1887 for owner General Charles J. Paine of the New York Yacht Club.
Volunteer was the first America’s Cup yacht with an all steel frame and hull. Her deck was made of white pine.
Volunteer easily beat the 1886 America’s Cup defender Mayflower during the defender trials for the 1887 America’s Cup and won both Cup races on September 27 and 30, 1887, against Thistle. Volunteer was skippered by Captain Hank Haff with the assistance of Captains Terry, Berry and L. Jeffreys.