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This Week in Herreshoff History is taking the winter off.  We will return in the Summer- see you then.
 



September 15- 21, 2013
 
For the better part of the next year This Week in Herreshoff History will follow events that took place 100 years ago when Sir Thomas Lipton challenged with SHAMROCK IV for the America’s Cup against the new Herreshoff-built defender RESOLUTE. That Cup was eventually delayed until 1920 because of WWI.
 
Monday September 15, 1913
Nat Herreshoff is at work on his third half model of the new defender 

 




September 8- 14, 2013
 
For the last year This Week in Herreshoff History has followed events that took place 110 years ago when Sir Thomas Lipton challenged with SHAMROCK III for the America’s Cup against the new Herreshoff-built defender RELIANCE.
 
This is the last of that series.
 
Wednesday September 9, 1903
 
RELIANCE is towed to CITY Island to be hauled at the Jacob’s Yard. She will be stored until broken up in 1913.  A “hard season is over” and so we end coverage of RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup.


 





September 1- 7, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Thursday September 3, 1903
ROAMER’s first mate describes the final RELIANCE / SHAMROCK III race-
 
“Afternoon clear till 4. Then fog. Moderate SSE breeze…Reliance and Shamrock III started nearly even at the handicap gun. Reliance steadily gained in the beat to windward and rounded the mark over 10 minutes ahead…Fog closed in a half hour after rounding with a little fresh breeze. Reliance finished in about 4h 30m. Shamrock lost in fog and missed the Lightship.“

 




August 25-31, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Tuesday August 25, 1903
ROAMER’s first mate describes the second RELIANCE/SHAMROCK III race-
 
“The 2nd race for the America’s Cup was sailed in a nice breeze (10 to 16 mph) on (triangular course) 10 miles each leg…Reliance started about 1m 30s ahead and came in 4m 40s ahead. Making gain on each leg and won by about 1-1/4m. Time about 3h-15m. A close race.”

 





August 18-24, 2013
 
110 Years Ago-RELIANCE and 1903 America’s Cup
 
Thursday August 20, 1903
 
ROAMER’s first mate describes the first RELIANCE/SHAMROCK III race—
 
“Reliance gradually gained until after the rain squall when the wind died…in heavy ground swells, Reliance increased her distance gradually and was nearly 2 miles ahead or approximately a quarter of an hour at the turning mark. Just another turning Reliance and Shamrock gave up as it was impossible to finish in time…”


 





August 4-10, 2013
 
110 Years Ago—RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Monday August 10, 1903

Following a busy week about the day of trial races and testing sails, the defender RELIANCE, with Capt. Nat on board, selected the headsails to be put away for the Cup races.  

 




July 28-Aug. 3, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Thursday July 30, 1903

After being selected to defend the cup, RELIANCE returns to Bristol to be “fit up” for the America’s Cup races to be held off Sandy Hook, NJ beginning August 20th. 

 





July 21-27, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Monday July 27, 1903

By now RELIANCE has proven the superior boat. One official trial race is held which is won by RELIANCE. The NYYC Committee on Challenge selects her to defend the cup. CONSTITUTION is selected as alternate and trial horse.
 
It is recorded is Iselin’s RELIANCE Journal – “Generally speaking the RELIANCE’s performance has been fine, the windward and leeward work being especially praiseworthy. Reaching she has been a disappointment.” 

 





July 14-20, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Wednesday July 15, 1903

Nat Herreshoff is underway in his steam yacht ROAMER from Bristol, RI for Glen Cove, NY to attend the NYYC annual cruise and the accompanying RELIANCE, CONSTITUTION and COLUMBIA races. On board are a topsail yard for COLUMBIA and many other items for delivery to CONSTITUTION and RELIANCE. 

 





July 7-13, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Sunday June 12, 1903

Capt. Nat taking a break from the Cup Defender trials completes the delivery of the 86 ft wl schooner INGOMAR and the 50 ft wl cutter IROLITA. INGOMAR will participate in the 90-footer races of the NYYC annual cruise along with RELIANCE, CONSTITUTION, COLUMBIA and VIGILANT.


 





June 30-July 7, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Tuesday July 7, 1903

RELIANCE departs the HMCo following removal of dents in bow plating that occurred during pounding of the hull in strong SW to WSW winds while racing off Newport on the previous Thursday. 

 




June 23-29, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Wednesday June 24, 1903

Sir Thomas Lipton arrives in New York on the steamer OCEANIC. He is given a royal welcome including a personal invitation to lunch with President Theodore Roosevelt the following Friday.

 


 


June 16- 22, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Wednesday June 17, 1903

RELIANCE broke her top mast just after starting a race with CONSTITUTION and COLUMBIA off Larchmont while competing for  “The Star of the Sea Trophy” given by the Larchmont Yacht Club Commodore.

 


 


June 9-15, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Thursday June 11, 1903
 
Capt. Nat in ROAMER returns to Bristol after fog continues to delay fiurther races off Sandy Hook.

 


 


June 2-8, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Sunday June 7, 1903
 
Capt. Nat in his steam yacht ROAMER anchors off Port Wharf, Sandy Hook in company with RELIANCE, CONSTITUTION and other yachts in preparation for more America’s Cup tune-ups.

 





May 26- June 1, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Thursday May 28, 1903
 
In tune-up races held at the head of the Sound for the America’s Cup RELIANCE beat COLUMBIA, while CONSTITUTION’s topmast broke after the yacht had sailed nine miles of the course. CONSTITUTION was giving RELIANCE a “hard rub” and both yachts had reached a turning point. The starboard topmast spreader failed causing the topmast to buckle and then snap.

 





May 19-25, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Thursday May 21, 1903
 
The summer long series of races between the American contenders to defend the Cup begins with five races off Glen Cove Long Island. RELIANCE wins all the races. 

 




May 12-18, 2013 

110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup

Tuesday May 13, 1903 

Capt. Nat went off in the steam tender SUNBEAM to observe RELIANCE beating down the bay.

 




May 5-11, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Saturday May 9, 1903
 
RELIANCE returned early to board Capt. Nat for tests of new sails in the forenoon. The new sails were later removed to be altered by the sail loft. 

 





April 28- May 4, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Tuesday April 28, 1903
 
Nat Herreshoff writes in his diary: Very fine & warm. Light northwest in AM; light south-southwest in PM. Delivered RELIANCE over to Mr. Iselin and RELIANCE left for Newport in tow of the steam tender SUNBEAM.

This completes construction of RELIANCE- 24 weeks after pouring the lead keel.

 



April 21-27, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Saturday April 25, 1903
 
Two weeks after launching, RELIANCE makes her first trip in winds ranging from almost calm to a 12-knot breeze. Underway at 9:35 AM, down the east passage between Hog Island and the mainland at Ferry Hill where her keel grounded in mud for a few minutes. Following anchoring at Newport for lunch, the trial continued beyond the Breton Reef Lightship. RELIANCE returned, with spinnaker set, in a southwest breeze to Herreshoff at 5:15 PM. 

 





April 14-20, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Monday April, 13 1903
 
Stepped the mast and bowsprit of RELIANCE. Over the next three days a strong northeast gale prevents any further work rigging the defender. 

 





April 7-13, 2013

110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America's Cup

Saturday April 11, 1903
 
At 5:30 PM on a sunny clear day with moderate north winds and witnessed by a large crowd, RELIANCE, on her cradle, was slowly lowered down the ways from the South Construction Shop until floated clear. Just as she started, the sponser Miss Nora Iselin broke the bottle of wine with a hammer saying "I christen thee RELIANCE and God bless you. Success.” 

 





March 17- 23, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Tuesday March 17, 1903.
On this Saint Patrick’s Day SHAMROCK III, Sir Thomas Lipton’s new challenger was launched at Denny Bros. Yards, Dumbarton, Glasgow, Scotland.
 
Meanwhile in the US, the Bristol Phoenix reported that C. Oliver Iselin announced the name of the new American defender is RELIANCE
 




Mar. 10-16, 2013
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Friday March 13, 1903
As Reported in the Bristol Phoenix-
Yesterday afternoon on Hope St., near Walker’s Cove, a photographer snapped a photo of N.G. Herreshoff. He chased the man down, threw the photo plate into the street, and broke the plate with his feet. 

 





March 3-9, 2013
 
110 years Ago—Reliance and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Wednesday March 4, 1903
CONSTITUTION, which had been hauled out at the Thames Tow Boat Co. yard in New London, CT since fall of 1901 was towed in to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. She is to be fitted out as a trial horse for the new defender. 

 





February 24-March 2, 2013,
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Sunday March 1, 1903
The steel crew continues to work a seven day week on the new defender. 

 





February 17-23, 2013,
 
110 Years Ago—RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Sunday, February 22, 1903
There is a strong northwest wind that is breaking up the ice in Bristol Harbor. The hull of the new defender is almost fully plated and the deck is two-thirds riveted. Progress is reported on the spars. The 40-inch diameter hollow steel mast is complete except for two plates and the boom plates have been partly punched for rivets 

 





February 10-16, 2013,
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Sunday February 15, 1903
The steel crew continues to make good progress on the new defender with more than 60% of the hull plating now in place. 

 




February 3-9, 2013,
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Sunday Febuary 8, 1903
The steel crew erecting plates on the new defender goes from a normal six-day workweek to a seven-day week. About 1/3 of the hull plating is complete and the deck plating has started. 

 




January 27-February 2, 2013,
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Saturday January 31, 1903
After working for seven days, nine plates have been erected onto the hull of the new defender .

 




January 20-26, 2013,
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Thursday January 22, 1903
The steel plates are rolled for the hollow steel mainmast and on the following Monday the steelworkers begin to assemble the mast. Meanwhile, with the completion of the erection of the hull frames, plating of the bronze hull begins.

 




January 13 – 19, 2013,
 
110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup
 
Tuesday January 13, 1903
Frames on the new defender are all up from mast to head of keel. The frames are being erected at the rate of one per day.

 




January 6 – 12, 2013,

110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup

January 8, 1903
The first two fabricated web frames were set up in the new defender.
 



December 30, 2012 – Jan. 5, 2013,

110 Years Ago- RELIANCE and the 1903 America’s Cup

January 4, 1903
Taking a break from his work Capt. Nat sails with his boys to Poppasquash in his 16-foot Dandy COQUINA.
 




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