Thursday November 30th, 2017: "From WESTWARD to ELEONORA: The Great Herreshoff Racing Schooners" presented by Halsey C. Herreshoff
In honor of our late Curator Carleton Pinheiro, join Halsey C. Herreshoff for an evening celebrating the mighty Herreshoff racing Schooner WESTWARD and her replica, the beautiful ELEONORA which graced the HMM waterfront this summer.
The schooner WESTWARD was launched in March 1910 as hull number 692 at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. and became one of the most famous racing schooners in the world. WESTWARD was undoubtedly the fastest schooner in the world in her day, and with Captain Charlie Barr at her helm, she sailed successfully against well-known yachts like BRITANNIA, LULWORTH and METEOR II winning numerous trophies. For thirty-seven years, WESTWARD graced the yachting scene and represented all that was best in yacht design and workmanship.
The yacht ELEONORA, an exact replica of WESTWARD, was built at the Van der Graaf shipyard in Holland and launched in March 2000. Since then, she has successfully participated in a number of classic sailing regattas and hosted a number of high profile guests. ELEONORA shows astonishing beauty under sail, her slender hull cutting a pathway through the sea, an elegant combination of beauty and power.
Halsey Herreshoff, grandson of the designer and builder of WESTWARD, and Brendan McCoy, Captain of ELEONORA, will show us what makes these boats special and tell stories about their racing adventures.
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Photo by Bob Baglini
from the 2017 Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta
"Tips From a Shipwright" with Halsey Fulton & Louis Sauzedde
October 19th, 2017
Come join Louis Sauzedde for an evening of Tips from a Shipwright. With over 55 working years as a professional shipwright under his rope-belt, Louis Sauzedde has a lifetime of knowledge when it comes to building and repairing wooden boat. Over the past 5 years, he and filmmaker Halsey Fulton created and host videos on the Youtube page "Tips from a Shipwright" that documents many of Lou's wooden boat building projects and other how-to videos. The channel has become an inspiration to people of all ages, and with the help of local sponsor Jamestown Distributors, currently has over 10 millions views and 60k subscribers who tune in weekly to see Lou and his latest tips and tricks.
September 21st, 2017
"The Halifax Explosion" presented by Greg Banner
In December 1917 a WWI ammunition ship blew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was the largest man-made explosion in human history prior to atomic weapons. The town was devastated and over 2000 people died. Besides the Canadian response, all of the New England states sent supplies and people to help with the relief effort. Even in the middle of WWI contributions were sent in from all over the world. Some Americans are aware of this event because of the gift of a Christmas tree sent every year to Boston from Nova Scotia in appreciation for their efforts. With the 100th anniversary of this event coming up in December 2017, a number of special commemorative events are planned. This presentation will provide an overview of the events surrounding this accident, the impact on Halifax and some of the response efforts to help out the city.
Greg Banner is a member of the Tiverton Yacht Club and Herreshoff Museum. He is a retired Army officer who currently works for the federal government in the homeland security and emergency response fields. His academic background, including two Masters Degrees, is in history. He got interested in, then researched this event, as it combines aspects of military, disaster response, maritime and local history.
August 17th, 2017
"Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship" presented by Paul Ferrell, author and illustrator
The story behind the story: 25 years of writing, drawing and assembling the story of tugs
In TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED, architect Paul Farrell— tugboat enthusiast and masterful artist—brings his passion to a volume that details every aspect of tugs and their work, from the little boom boats that corral riverborne logs near sawmills to the massive ocean salvage vessels that are often as big as the ships they tow.
Throughout this labor of love—which took a quarter century to complete—Farrell uses his own wonderful sketches and diagrams as well as historic and contemporary photographs, artistic renditions, unusual documentation, and detailed engineering diagrams to unveil the rare beauty of the tugboat and how the design and manufacture of these tough little vessels accompanied the rapid pace of shipbuilding all over the world. From the purpose-driven yet elegant physics of propeller design to the frustrating limits of early diesel engines, from the beloved children’s favorite Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky to the intricacies of a tow cable, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED’s text and images provide a comprehensive understanding of the technology and philosophy that drive these low-slung “floating engines.”
Farrell also investigates the many aspects of life on a tugboat, as well as the different shiphandling methods that have developed as captains and crews take on the varied challenges presented by luxury liners, tankers, vehicle carriers, barges, oil exploration rigs, and pretty much every other kind of boat afloat and seeking assistance when coming into or going out of the harbor. Farrell notes that “tugs are like no other vessels in sturdiness of construction, power in relation to size, and the boat-handling ability of their crews.”
The work of an insightful and creative observer, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED explores the emotional resonance of these waterfront workhorses, showing how the environment and the complex challenges tugs faced shaped the industrial development and the increasingly important role of the high-thrust, low-speed boats that prowl the world’s rivers, canals, and seaports to ensure that shipping flows smoothly. Part tribute, part catalog, part user’s guide, and part scrapbook, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED is a singular work of art, blending technology and design with history and human interest.
About the Author: Paul Farrell is an architect with a lifelong enthusiasm for tugboats and the working waterfront. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
"Cup Experience: America's Cup Heats Up" Presented by Jack Griffin
"Cup Experience: America's Cup Heats Up" Presented by Jack Griffin Wednesday, May 3rd
America's Cup teams from five separate nations have been practicing on the Great Sound in Bermuda. Which teams are the fastest and why? What should we expect when Team New Zealand arrives in Bermuda? Jack Griffin will be providing the answers and insights into these races that the public rarely gets the chance to see.
A leading authority on the America's Cup, Jack Griffin is an author, keynote speaker and journalist. Jack’s book "Turning the Tide"
provides the definitive account of how Oracle Team USA mounted their comeback to defend the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco. He is the Editor of Cup Experience
, a unique newsletter and website dedicated to audience engagement for the America's Cup. Jack is a columnist for Seahorse
and he has provided expert commentary for VIP guests at the last three America's Cup matches, with clear explanations of everything from yacht design and racing tactics to the history and intrigue that make the America's Cup possibly the most fascinating of all international sporting events.
Prior to establishing Cup Experience, Jack was Brand Manager for Alinghi
, the Swiss defender of the America's Cup in 2007 and 2010. He was a commentator on board the Alinghi
VIP spectator boat, led courses in leadership for sponsor guests at Alinghi Academy
, was responsible for the Alinghi
website and managed the fan club, Alinghi Friends
Before becoming involved with the America's Cup, Jack worked for 25 years in marketing, sales, and general management for IT and high tech companies in the US and Europe. He was in the launch team for the Apple Macintosh in 1984 and has extensive experience with developing brand loyalty.
Based in Switzerland, he has a degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and is fluent in German and French.
June 1st, 2017
"Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" presented by Bob Anderson
Applying technology to improve our enjoyment and understanding of the waters we share for recreation and commerce has been a continual theme at Herreshoff Manufacturing and throughout the marine industry for centuries. And so it continues with a the intersection of modern electronics, automated vehicle controls, GPS-aided navigation, specialized sensors and composite materials that improve our knowledge of the sea. As a follow-on to a successful presentation last season by John Jackson of the Naval War College on the topic of Aeriel drones and their role in imagining our lands from the sky, Bob Anderson, co-founder of OceanServer Technology in nearby Fall River, will present an overview of the sub-sea corollary referred to an Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). Specifically, the Iver3 AUV is a small, man-portable AUV system that OceanServer began marketing about 10 years ago for use in a variety of coastal applications such as imaging objects on the seafloor, confirming water depths and bathometric features, and monitoring the environmental and chemical characteristics of a water column. Bob will present a brief overview of the technical elements of AUVs in general, and share some imagery and photos form recent field projects.
HMM member, local sailor and technology entrepreneur, Bob Anderson has the perfect job. After a career at several Boston-areas computer manufacturers (including a successful small electronics start-up), Bob briefly retired in 2003 before joining a like-minded 'boater' with skills and interest in the emerging robotics and vehicle controls innovation emerging from US Navy, DARPA and NSF funded research. They formed a company focused on cost reducing and commercializing available technical pieces into a small Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for shallow water applications. Fast forward thirteen years and over 300 'robots' later, the industry has evolved from a technical niche into a much broader market with growing public understanding and interest.
March 30, 2017
"Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean" presented by Jonathan White
A global journey through the science and wonder of the oceans
, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture—the very old and very new. Tides
combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.
Jonathan White is an active marine conservationist, a sailor, and a surfer. His first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity
, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White is the author of Tides
, forthcoming from Trinity University Press, and has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer’s Journal,
and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.
Tuesday, February 28th
"Torpedo Boats in the New Steel Navy" presented by Robert Doane
From 1875 to 1897, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. designed and produced eight torpedo boats for the United States Navy. The Herreshoff brothers started their company just before the Navy underwent the most radical transformation in its history. The old wooden sailing ships of the Civil War-era Navy were set aside in favor of powerful coal-fired warships with steel hulls that carried an array of new weapons, including torpedoes. Why did the Navy want to build a special class of small, fast boats armed only with torpedoes, and how did it expect to use them? This presentation will seek to answer those questions while exploring how torpedo boats contributed to developments in naval strategy at the end of the nineteenth century.
Rob Doane is the Curator at the Naval War College Museum in Newport, RI. He grew up in Michigan and received a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1998, followed by a M.A. in public history from Loyola University Chicago in 2003. After moving to Massachusetts, Rob began his career in museums starting as a historical interpreter at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. He has served as a curatorial assistant at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collection, and as a curator at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD.
"Boston Light: 300 Years of Service" presented by Sally Snowman
The presentation provides broad-strokes of how Boston Light has been a way-shower for safe navigation into the fledging maritime port of Boston from 1716 to the present. It is the last manned Coast Guard Light Station in the country located on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor. It is also one of the 34-islands/peninsulas that comprise the Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park. Keeper. Sally Snowman will be sharing the historical significance of the Light Station's 300th anniversary that is occurring in 2016.
Sally Snowman, Ph.D., a native of Boston Harbor, is the 70th Keeper of Boston Light since 1716 it was established as the first lighthouse station in Colonial America. As the Coast Guard Keeper/Site Supervisor, she recruits, trains, schedules, and oversees over 65 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers that provide support as Assistant Keepers, Historical Interpreters, and Outreach Speakers. She and her husband, CG Auxiliarist Jay Thomson, are co-authors of the book Boston Light: A historical perspective (1999) and Boston Light (AUX 2016) published by Arcadia Images of America series.