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Welcome to the Herreshoff Museum. We are now open to the public for self-guided tours, Thursdays through Sundays, 10-5pm, for Summer, 2020. Visitors of the Museum will be asked to wear a mask and follow a few simple rules to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.


Video: “In Contact with the Enemy: The Nazi Spy and U.S. Navy Lieutenant John F. Kennedy” A presentation by David Kohnen, Ph.D. 

David Kohnen earned the PhD with the Laughton Professor of Naval History in the War Studies Department at the University of London

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From the Vault: A Prudence Island Clam Bake, Part I 


This Week in Herreshoff History: September 24 

THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM / AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME is dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America's Cup competition. The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is one of the nation's most important historic maritime treasures.


September 10, 2020

The 2020 Gala will be reimagined as a virtual event on December 10th, 2020.

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Open 10am-5pm 

Thursdays through Sundays in Summer, 2020


One Burnside Street 

Bristol RI 02809 USA

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The Curator's Log

Read Part Three in Curator Emeritus John Palmieri's three part series on the 13th Challenge, originally published in our Curator's Log in 2016.


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The health and safety of our patrons and staff means the world to us. Because of the continuing risk of Covid-19, we have decided to reimagine the 2020 Reliance Gala into a virtual event. ⠀

This event will take place on December 10th, 2020. A detailed event program and online tickets will be available soon. We look forward to gathering together our community, even if only virtually. ⠀

Please join us for an exciting, thoughtfully curated, celebratory hour! Stay tuned at ⠀

#Herreshoff #Gala #VirtualEvent #HerreshoffMarineMuseum

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A new perspective on the lines of the R-Boat thanks to @BlockIslandSteve in this month's IYRS Classic Yacht Regatta held in Newport, Rhode Island. ⠀

Gamecock(@gamecocksailing) a 1925 Herreshoff R-Class Racing Sloop owned by Peter McClennen. McClennen enjoys the camaraderie of classic yacht ownership especially among the local fleet of smaller day-sailors. "It is my dream to see even more boats and events on the water to keep this momentum and camaraderie going."⠀

Photo: @BlockIslandSteve

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“The museum did such a great job this year. On one hand, it was odd not having the events, but on the other hand, this really brought out the pure nature of sailing," - Peter McClennen about this year's Herreshoff Classic Regatta.⠀

Results and a recap of the events can be found on our website (link in profile).⠀

📸: Jens Lange of Baltic Boatworks⠀

#ClassicYachtRegatta #ClassicYacht #Herreshoff @herreshoff_s_class #BristolRI #Sailing #Sailors #HMCo #HerreshoffYacht

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Points East


A unique cruising magazine celebrating the Down East coast Cruisers who come to the Gulf of Maine have a special fondness for the region's unique marine assets, from its skilled craftsmen to its quiet, secluded harbors to its pristine environment. Points East represents the Down East cruising culture. Points East celebrates it and gives it voice.

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Nantucket Vineyard was the first arm of our business opening in the early 1980’s as a small project of the Long Family.  After a few years, Winery employees ended up falling in love with the wine and each other, and voila! – Cisco Brewers was born on the Hudson’s stovetop in 1995.  Whispers of a brewery floated on the Nantucket wind, catching the ear of a few people, including a Mr. Harman.  Using the previously tested and proven formula of starting a business from another business, Winery and Brewery employees enjoyed a few glasses / pints (respectively) together and hatched the idea for Triple Eight Distillery in 2000.   All three businesses are constantly evolving, and we now produce a wide variety of world-class wines, beers, and spirits.  Come out and enjoy our Nantucket haven- just prepare yourself in case your mind blows up from all the awesomeness.


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From its founding, Pella has always been about providing innovative windows and doors that do more than frame the landscape — they make life easier with meaningful details that matter every day. Pella has a proud 85-year history of environmental stewardship and has been recognized for its energy efficiency leadership and sustainable business practices. From the company's founding, Pella has been a leader in technology and product innovation. In fact, they've been awarded more than 100 product and design patents. Products and features now commonplace throughout the window industry — like the tilt-wash double-hung window — were invented by Pella engineers.

American Cruise Lines

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American Cruise Lines provides guests an extraordinary river cruising experience while exploring the historic waterways of the United States. Cruise in comfort aboard our modern fleet of river boats and paddlewheelers. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and personalized service on every cruise.

Important News:

The 2020 Reliance Gala has been rescheduled to December 10th, 2020.

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