The business comprised three locations, the Bridge Street Yard (established 1858) and Gowanus Yard (established 1882), both based in Brooklyn New York, and offices and a lumber yard in Manhattan. In addition to building boats the Bridge Street Yard was also a wholesale dealer of spars, planks, knees decking and treenails, indeed both the Bridge Street and Gowanus yards had their own sawmills. It was in 1881, that the Norseman was built. Designed by William Townsend the boat was built for Ogden Goelet. This was the last yacht overseen by Cornelius Poillon who passed away later that year.
By early May of 1883, “Mr. Townsend, foreman of the yard, said on Saturday that about 130 vessels had been launched from the ways in question and that they had been in use 22 years. The Poillons had used them for about 111 vessels of their own construction and loaned them to other builders nearly a score of times”. By this time the boatyards were well established at producing racing yachts. A columnist writing about the upcoming racing season, of 1883, makes the following comments in his article; “Among the untried craft the three new yachts now substantially completed at the yard of Messrs. C. & R. Poillon have excited very general interest, and standing, as they do, all three in a row, afford yachtsmen a sight which has never before been had of so many new yachts representing the most advanced ideas of the most successful designer applied to different sizes of boats.” Poillon Brothers were on the cutting edge of design changes with some of the most beautiful yachts of their era coming to life in their yards.