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2018/19 Lecture Series

The Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Monthly Lecture Series brings the knowledge of established authors, sailors, and experts directly to the public. Learn from some of the best sailors, writers, historians, and accomplished individuals amongst historic Herreshoff Boats and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Tickets are availble online at herreshoff.org/store or at the door the day of the event.

The 2018 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, and Gowrie Group

Reception begins at 6:00pm
Lecture begins at 7:00pm

Tickets are $10 for Members and $18 for Non-Members
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Tuesday, December 11th: The Herreshoff Brothers & Their Torpedo Boats: Bringing Innovation to the New Navy
New Research & New Perspectives by John Palmieri, Curator Emeritus

In dedication to the late HMM Curator, Carlton J Pinheiro (1938-2000) 

CUSHING HMCo152 Torpedo Boat 1890By the end of the Civil War the US Navy had amassed over 450 ships and was one of the most technically advanced in the world. What followed was 25 years of neglect as the indebted nation looked to westward expansion and southern reconstruction. By 1885 only 39 ships remained and technical staffs had been decimated. It was into this environment that the Herreshoffs brought innovation that helped to create what at the time was called the “New Navy”. 

This is the story of the first four torpedo boats the Herreshoff Brothers delivered to the US Navy and also of some that were not built. More than an exposure of the technologies they offered, it explores the relationships between the Herreshoffs, key naval officials and the naval bureaucracy at large. Photo: CUSHING (HMCo. #152) Torpedo Boat in 1890 

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January 17th, 2019: "From 1 to 18,006: Highlights from the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Digitization Project at the MIT Museum"
Presented by Evelyn Ansel 

An introduction to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company archive in the Hart Nautical Collection at the MIT Museum followed some of the surprising things uncovered over the course of the digitization project. Discover how you can digitally browse the entirety of the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff collection through the public access portal. 

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May 16, 2019
Setting Sail In America: The Remarkable Story of Herreshoff S Class Sailboats. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary 1919-2019
By Alan Silken, photography by Cory Silken.

Lifelong sailors, Alan and his son Cory have been always been passionate about the sea. In 2005, the duo joined the classic racing circuit by purchasing Firefly, a 1926 S boat, which they campaign together. Alan is currently the Vice Commodore of the Narragansett Bay Herreshoff S Class Association. While Cory's photographic specialty is superyachts and the luxury lifestyle market, traveling the globe on assignment for highly renowned shipyards and dedicated owners, he began his career focusing on wooden boats.

2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Herreshoff S Class design. The first owners of the S Class boats were remarkable leaders of industry in the United States, and their stories are as intriguing as the boats are beautiful. Setting Sail in America is an homage to the Class, and takes the reader on a compelling journey through the history of the S boat- a journey that visits milestones in American society, politics, business, and social life. The Herreshoff S Class is the oldest American one-design fleet still racing the original boats, with active fleets in Cape Cod, Long Island Sound, and Narragansett Bay.


Due to the inclement weather, we will be rescheduling the lecture "Story of the Dragon" to 2019. The safety of our presenter, patrons, and staff are our top priority. Previously purchased tickets will transferred to the new date automatically. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

April 18th, 2019
"Redd's Pond Boatworks: Story of the Dragon" Presented by Doug Park

DRAGON is a near replica of the 1882 Herreshoff steam launch #94 recently donated to HMM and was built in 2017 by Redd's Pond Boatworks in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Featured in an article by Stan Grayson in Woodboat issue 261 there is nothing quite like it around today. Come for the historical design of this unique vessel and stay for the tale of how an original engine survived over a century to find its way back to sea again.

Doug Park had the privilege of building DRAGON as the owner of Redd's Pond Boatworks. Growing up in Marblehead he spent a lot of time on the water and when he was 17, after a high school summer spent on board the schooner Harvey Gamage, he began an apprenticeship under Thad Danielson at Redd's Pond Boatworks. Life took him away from boats as he earned a physics degree and worked various jobs around the country until he finally decided to pursue his true calling and enrolled in the IYRS boat building restoration program in Newport, RI. Upon graduation he worked as a shipwright at Mystic Seaport until Thad offered him the opportunity to take over the business at Redd’s Pond. Seven years later, Redd’s Pond Boatworks is thriving with a customer-based approach to construction and restoration of power, sail, and hand powered boats.

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The 2018 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

Gowrie Group American Cruise Lines

Cisco Brewers    Points East Magazine

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