Herreshoff Marine Museum and Ameerica's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum America's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum
America's Cup Hall of Fame
Dave McComb: The Evolution of American Destroyers
Thursday, November 21

  The Return of the Mayflower by Bernard F Gribble. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum

Forty years passed between the establishment of the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in 1869 and the return home of Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet in 1909. During this period, steel replaced wood, steam replaced sail and the battleship emerged as the capital ship. A battleship had an Achilles heel, however: a torpedo delivered by a destroyer—the only surface navy ship type from that era that still exists today.

Last November, John Palmieri delivered a lecture about the torpedo boats that the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company built in the late 19th century. On November 21, colleague Dave McComb will speak about the evolution of American destroyers, in which Herreshoff torpedo boats played a central role.


Mark Gabrielson: Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews
Thursday, October 17

This is our Annual Carlton Pinheiro lecture in honor of our former curator.  

Book Synopsis
The America’s Cup yacht races were, and still are, the most prestigious and expensive international sporting events in the world. With a history extending back over 160 years, the America’s Cup reached its height in the late 1800s - the era of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Sir Thomas Lipton.
Until that time, American yachts in the competition had been crewed by professional sailors from Europe. But in the winter of 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club traveled more than 450 miles by train and steamboat to remote Deer Isle, Maine to recruit an all-Yankee crew. That small fishing town sent nearly forty of its best sailors to New York to sail Defender, and in a difficult and controversial series they defeated the best Great Britain’s aristocrats could muster.

In 1899, the club again sent word to the island that it needed yet another crew to sail against the first of Sir Thomas Lipton’s Shamrocks, and Deer Isle sent their best men back to New York. Sailing Columbia they once again swept the series.
This is the story of these crews who sailed the big, and for their era, high-tech America’s Cup cutters in the late 1800s. Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews is based on research at Harvard’s Widener Library, at the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI, Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT and at the New York Yacht Club itself. With exciting narrative, new insights based on previously unpublished archival material, and 70 beautiful photographs, Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews finally gives the humble heroes from a downeast island the credit they earned so long ago.


View 2012/2013 Lecture Series Video Here


Past Lectures Include: 

Adventures of the "S" Class Yachts PAPOOSE & SQUAW (and AQUILA, too!)
Presented by: Angus Davis

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Is There Value in Your Old Books and Rare Books?
Presented by: Kenneth Gloss

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The American Youth Sailing Force
Presented by: David Liebenberg

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Adventures of Kathleen
Presented by: Tim Fallon

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The Herreshoff Torpedo Boats: Innovation at the Beginning of the New Navy
Presented by: John Palmieri

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The Herreshoff Method
Presented by: Halsey C. Herreshoff

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

AC34 "Cupdate" 
Presented by the Golden Gate YC Vice Commodore Tom Ehman

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

America's Cup: Reflections
Presented by Halsey Herreshoff, Paul Darling and Dyer Jones

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The Voyage Around the Americas: An Environmental Adventure
Presented by Herb McCormick

Thursday April 5th, 2012

Encounter with Somali Pirates
Presented by Captain Richard Phillips

Thursday, March 8, 2012 
The Restoration of the Charles W Morgan -
Moderated by Dana Hewson, Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs at Mystic Seaport
with Quentin Snediker, Kane Borden, Roger Hambidge, and Steve Wilkes

Thursday, February 9th 2012

Prested by Jed Pearsall and Bill Doyle

December 1, 2011

A Full Cup
Presented by Michael D'Antonio

October 14, 2011

Saving Sailing
Presented by Nicholas Hayes

March 2010

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