September 4, 2014

News Archives – Old Website

This is a collection of news from 2009 - 2013 from the old website. Some links may be broken

Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaignJuly 24, 2014
Herreshoff Marine Museum is pleased to announce that it has successfully met the previously announced $100,000 Challenge offered by an anonymous donor.  The campaign raised $172,000 for the Museum.  A principal target was to engage new and re-engage former donor groups.  Over 400 people contributed, of whom approximately one third were new donors to the museum or had not donated since 2010.  The matching funds will be used to further the education mission of the Museum.  Thank you to all of you who made this major achievement possible.

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. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Museum at 401-253-5000.


Herreshoff Marine Museum Free Day!
Come to the Herreshoff Marine Museum on November 16th for fun, snacks and much more—for free!


Herreshoff Marine Museum has been awarded a $5000 grant from “Collectors Foundation”
The money will be used to support the Museum’s after school mentorship program. This program has the dual purpose of teaching young students the skills needed to maintain classic wooden sailboats while at the same time helps to maintain the classic boats we use in our summer sailing program. Classes will be taught by a professional shipwright and supported by a cadre of experienced volunteers.

"Collectors Foundation” is an educational grant-making organization founded by Hagerty Insurance and funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth development and long term interests of the collector vehicle and boat communities. More information can be found on the website:   www.collectorsfoundation.org


Register for the Fall Celebration - Cocktails and Dinner

Friday October 18th, 2013 - 7pm

Enjoy intimate dining hosted at a selection of gracious homes located in Bristol & Newport. 
Socialize with friends old and new and learn of future plans for 2013 and beyond.

Party Size: 8-10

Ticket price: $100 per person
(tax-deductible donation to HMM)

RSVP by October 10th.  Register online or call Elisabeth Lavers: 401.253.5000


Save the date!

The 2014 Classic Yacht Symposium will be held May 2-4, 2014 at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol RI.

Click here to view the Call for Papers/Save the Date PDF 

*Date for abstract submission has been extended through July 8, 2013. This is your chance to participate in this seminal event.



America’s Cup Hall of Fame to induct three personalities in 2013:
Jewett, Robins and Simmer
  
San Francisco, CA/Bristol, RI – 8 May 2013.  The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame today announced the identity of the next three inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame.  All three began their America’s Cup associations within teams in the 12-Metre era, two of them subsequently became instrumental in America’s Cup event organization, two of them are still heavily involved today, and two of them have been Cup sailors as well as managers.

Established in 1992 the America’s Cup Hall of Fame celebrates and recognizes the achievements of individuals within the sport of sailing and in particular the America’s Cup competition.  On a regular basis several personalities are identified by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee to be inducted.  2013 sees three more individuals chosen to join the ranks of those already inducted.

The first person to be inducted this year is an American woman.  Lucy Jewett, who has been active in the America’s Cup almost continuously since 1974, becomes only the second woman to enter the Hall of Fame.  The next of the three 2013 inductions is made posthumously to Australian Noel Robins, who was active over the period spanning 1977 through 1987 initially as a sailor and lastly as an organizer; the final inductee is fellow Australian Grant Simmer, who has won the America’s Cup three times over 30 years.
 
LUCY M. JEWETT (USA)

Along with her late husband, George F. “Fritz” Jewett, who is already a member of the Hall of Fame, Lucy has been a key figure within several America’s Cup defender and challenger syndicates.
 
In 1974, she began her association with the Cup when the Jewetts became the owners of the 12-Metre yacht Intrepid.  Known as “The People’s Boat” through the many small contributions supporting its campaign, Intrepid came within one race of becoming the Defender.  It was only a broken running backstay in the final race of the defender trials against Courageous that ended the campaign.
 
The Jewetts then backed the winning Dennis Conner-skippered Freedom 12-Metre syndicate in 1980, as well as Conner’s subsequent campaigns in 1983, 1987 and 1988.  Throughout these efforts Lucy was the quiet leader among members of the crew, their families, the team principals, sponsors and supporters.  She returned to the fray again in 2000 with Paul Cayard’s and St Francis Yacht Club’s AmericaOne Challenge.
 
Currently, she serves on the board of the San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee, the organization responsible for raising the funds to support San Francisco’s hosting of the 34th America’s Cup season.
 
Her long involvement and her passion for the event and its people have made her an iconic figure in the America’s Cup world where she is incredibly well respected as both an advisor and mentor.
 
NOEL ROBINS, OAM (AUS) (b 1935 – d 2003)

Robins skippered the 12 Metre Australia in the 1977 America’s Cup Match which was sailed against Ted Turner’s Courageous.  In 1980 he returned with Alan Bond’s challenging team as a coach.

Seven years later, following Bond’s successful 1983 Australia II challenge, when the Royal Perth Yacht Club needed to organize the first ever America’s Cup season outside of the United States, Robins as Executive Director applied masterful management to the project which resulted in the magnificent organization of the 26th America’s Cup in Fremantle, Australia.  That event in 1986-87 is widely credited to this day as probably the greatest season of America’s Cup sport ever.
Robins’ own lifetime sailing achievements at the very highest level were made even more remarkable by the fact that he had to overcome the handicap of becoming a walking quadriplegic following a car accident at the age of just 21.
 
“Stumbles”, as he was universally known among his fellow sailors, won five Australian National titles in addition to 13 State titles across a variety of classes.  It was his success in the Soling class that drew him to the attention of Alan Bond who made him skipper of Australia.
 
Robins took the skipper’s role extremely seriously.  Recognizing gaps in the talent pool in Australia necessary to be competitive he selected an American match racing expert, Andy Rose, to be his tactician for the latter stages of the Challenger Selection Series.  Racing against France I, Gretel II and Sverige and eventually beating them, Australia, under Robins’ leadership, became the Challenger for the Match.  But Ted Turner’s Courageous was better prepared and battle ready and defeated the Australians.
 
When the impossible dream of beating the Defender in a Match became reality for the first time in 1983 Robins, starting with a completely clean sheet, totally restructured the harbor facilities in Fremantle, arranging the various sites for the bases for the 13 challengers and four defense syndicates.  He also incorporated the shore-side event facilities, including the Louis Vuitton International Media Centre, for what proved to be the biggest and one of the best America’s Cup events to date.
 
Noel’s post America’s Cup sailing career included a win in both the Admiral’s Cup and the Two Ton Cup in 1981.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Sailability Program for disabled sailors at the Royal Perth YC, and a commissioner of the Swan River Trust.  In 2000 he collected a gold medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, an achievement that also secured him the Medal of the Order of Australia.  His life ended prematurely in 2003 in a second motor vehicle accident.
 
 
GRANT SIMMER (AUS) (b. 1957)
 
Simmer has won the America’s Cup three times in a career that spans four decades.  In 1983 Simmer was the young, 26-year-old navigator on board the historic challenger Australia II, the boat that achieved the impossible dream and broke the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year long grip on the America’s Cup.
Since that famous victory Simmer could fairly be accused of having made a career of the America’s Cup as he has been involved in a variety of roles across no fewer than nine subsequent campaigns.

A co-owner of North Sails Australia for 17 years Simmer finally gave up managing the sailmaking business in 2000 to become Design Coordinator for the Swiss America’s Cup Challenger Alinghi.  The ensuing match in 2003 against Team New Zealand saw him collect his second Louis Vuitton Cup win and his second America’s Cup winner’s medal before moving up to assume the position of Alinghi Co-Managing Director and Design Team Coordinator, and winning his third Cup in 2007.

Not to be put off by his team’s defeat in 2010 against BMW ORACLE Racing’s wing-masted monster trimaran, Simmer, one of the most highly regarded, competitive and sought after personalities in the Cup’s long history moved in 2012 to take up responsibilities as General Manager of ORACLE Team USA, a role that now gives him day-to-day operational responsibility for the America’s Cup defense later this year in San Francisco.
 
The America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, jointly organized by the Herreshoff Marine Museum and Louis Vuitton, will take place in San Francisco on the evening of Monday, 5th August at the de Young Museum in San Francisco during the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Selection Series.
 
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The America’s Cup Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding sailors, leaders and innovators by inducting them into the Hall of Fame at extraordinary ceremonies held in exciting venues around the world. These ceremonies are truly notable events, drawing the best and brightest of the sport to honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to yachting’s most distinguished competition.

The Herreshoff Marine Museum, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, is a maritime museum dedicated to the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America's Cup.  The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1878-1945) was most notable for producing fast sailing yachts, including eight America's Cup defenders, and steam-powered vessels.  The museum, situated near Narragansett Bay on the grounds where the manufacturing company once stood, has a collection of over sixty boats including Nathanael Greene Herreshoff's Clara, built in 1887, Harold Vanderbilt's Trivia, and the 1992 ACC yacht, Defiant.

According to The Art Newspaper the de Young Museum is one of the most visited art museums in North America, and the 35th-most visited in the world.  Housed in a state-of-the-art, accessible, and architecturally significant facility, it provides valuable art experiences to generations of residents and visitors.

Since 1983 the Louis Vuitton Cup has been the trophy awarded to the winner of the Challenger Selection Series for the America’s Cup.

For press enquiries about the 2013 America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction please contact: Elisabeth Lavers (401 253 5000), e.lavers@herreshoff.org
Web: http://www.herreshoff.org/

 




Adventures of the "S" Class Yachts Papoose & Squaw (and Aquila, too!)
Presented by: Angus Davis
 
 
Thursday, May 30th 2013.
 
Doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm.

Learn more about our lecture series here
 
Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery



Angus Davis learned to sail in Bristol water aboard AQUILA, the Herreshoff S Class sloop, believed by historian Ken Upham to be the first S Boat ever built, H.M.Co #828. In 2011, Davis engaged Bristol Boat Company and Narragansett Shipwrights to undertake simultaneous restorations of H.M.Co #831 and #835—“PAPOOSE” and “SQUAW” in Rhode Island. Accompanied with stunning professional photography, you’ll see the story of how these boats were brought back to their former glory using traditional techniques and modern technology. Experience the first 3D CAD model ever made of Captain Nat’s successful S Class design and hear wonderful tales of S Boat racing. 


 





Is There Value in Your Old Books and Rare Books? 
Presented by Kenneth Gloss 

Wednesday, March 20 2013

Doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm. 

Learn more about our lecture series here.

Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery.

Kenneth Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in downtown Boston, has been working in the book business since childhood. Gloss will bring to the lecture several examples of notable books, magazines and ephemera from the store’s private collection. Following his talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books and documents that attendees have brought with them.


 





The American Youth Sailing Force
Presented by: David Liebenberg

Thursday, February 28th 2013

Doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm.

Learn more about our lecture series here.

Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery

David Liebenberg is a member of the American Youth Sailing Force participating in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco scheduled for August through September of 2013. Participating will be 10 teams made up of members between the ages of 19 and 24 years old. The teams will be sailing 45 foot, wing sailed catamarans that are currently being sailed by the elite America’s Cup teams competing in the America’s Cup World Series. David is a junior at Tufts University in Massachusetts where he sails varsity on CFJ’s and represents the University’s keel boat events. 



2012The Herreshoff Torpedo Boats: Innovation at the Beginning of the Modern US Navy
Presented by: John Palmieri

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm.

Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery

Forget the stories you thought you knew about Herreshoff torpedo boats- innovations were adapted from yacht designs; battles with local Navy inspectors drove the decision to leave the business. New team research reveals the influence of a strong Narragansett Bay connection and the Herreshoff brothers 20 year effort to dominate the torpedo boat business with innovative designs and a business plan to nullify the influence of the Navy bureaucracy and their specifications. 


The Herreshoff Method
Presented by: Halsey C. Herreshoff

Doors open at 6pm
Lecture starts at 7pm

Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery

The Nathanael Greene Herreshoff Model Room holds a collection unique in the world - Captain Nat's models used to create his designs, including his America's Cup defenders. The 500 models are works of art in themselves, and are testimony to Captain Nat's genius as a naval architect.  Join us next Thursday as Halsey Herreshoff discusses Nat’s method of design from deciding the proportions of the yacht, to the carving of the half hull, to the tools that Nat used and invented.  Guests are welcome to tour the N.G. Herreshoff Model Room following the presentation.  This is a wonderful opportunity to view the models created by the genius and talk with his grandson.

Halsey C. Herreshoff of Bristol, Rhode Island is a naval architect and marine engineer, builder of yachts, and member of the Bristol Town Council.  He is a principal in the firm of Herreshoff Designs Inc. that continues the longest continuous yacht design service in America.


F R E E   D A Y
October 14th - 10 am to 5 pm

Join us for a day long celebration of the season -  offering soup and cider, a Museum Store SALE, and family activities.  Take this opportunity to see the newly remodeled Mosbacher Room featuring the collection of the famous America's Cup Sailor, and the start of The RELIANCE Project - where volunteers are currently underway constructing a 1/6th scale model of the 1903 Defender.  Stop by, take a tour, and enjoy your Museum.

FREE DAY also features a first class trunk sale from some of our favorite vendors including:

Atlantis Weathergear
&
Cloudveil Mountain Wear

See you soon and happy Fall!


Herreshoff Marine Museum Announces Grant from Rhode Island Foundation 
(Bristol, Rhode Island, USA) – The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that The Rhode Island Foundation, Providence Rhode Island, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Museum to support Strategic Plan Development. The Museum has engaged a well-recognized Rhode Island consulting company to lead board and staff through the strategic planning process.

Mr David Ford, Chairman of the Board says: “We are very pleased that the Rhode Island Foundation is supporting our effort to develop a visionary, comprehensive five year plan that will enable us to realize our significant potential given the wealth of assets we have at our disposal. We look forward to working with our members, supporters and the local community to help determine and secure the future of the Museum.”

The Rhode Island Foundation is a philanthropic and community leader dedicated to meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island. Founded in 1916, the Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States, and is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2011, the Foundation made grants of $28 million to more than one thousand organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. http://www.rifoundation.org

The Herreshoff Marine Museum and 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.
\One Burnside Street, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809 USA T:401.253.5000 F:401.253.6222 www.herreshoff.org


LIVING BOAT SHOW!
August 24, 2012 5PM til 8PM

The Herreshoff Marine  Museum welcomes guests to the Living Boat Show on August 24th, 2012. The show invites participants in the Herreshoff Classic Regatta and members of the general public to come together in celebration of classic yachts and our nation's yachting history.

Guests will gather in the waterfront tent for food, drink, and sunset viewing. The Museum's mooring field and docks will be filled with lovely, historically significant yachts. Join museum staff, classic boat owners, and regatta participants to hear of the history of the boats, the people and the place.


The Herreshoff Marine Museum is proud to announce that it has received a grant from the McCarthey Family Foundation, of Salt Lake City, Utah. The grant is intended to support offering full and or partial scholarships to at least 10 students this summer. Awards will be based on need, and named the “McCarthey Family Foundation Sailorship Award”.

Read the full Press Release Here!


PRESS RELEASE:

Naples/Newport – 11 April 2012.  The Herreshoff Marine Museum and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame today announced the identity of the next three inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame. Coming from three distinct America’s Cup eras two of them are Americans and one is Italian.

Established in 1992 the America’s Cup Hall of Fame celebrates and recognizes the achievements of individuals within the sport of sailing and in particular the America’s Cup competition. On a regular basis several personalities are identified by the Hall of Fame Committee to be inducted. 2012 sees three more individuals chosen to join the ranks of those already inducted. The first person to be inducted this year, posthumously, is Gerard B. Lambert, Sr. (USA) – who was active in the period 1930 to 1937, the second, Jonathan Wright (USA) – was active between 1974 and 1987 and the third, Patrizio Bertelli (ITA) – has been active continuously since 1997.

Read full press relase here!


Our very popular Lecture Series continues on May 17th!

1986 America's Cup 

America's Cup: Reflections

The America’s Cup World Series in Newport is from June 27 to July 1 and Rhode Island has sailing fever.   We are pleased to continue our successful lecture series into the spring and summer.  Come to the Museum on Thursday, May 17th to hear about the 12 Metre Era from three experts: Halsey Herreshoff, Dyer Jones and Paul Darling.  Sailor, regatta official and photographer recount their trials and triumphs and share their opinions and perspectives.  Summer is coming!  Catch the fever now.  Doors at 6pm Lecture at 7.


Herreshoff Institute Sailing and Seamanship Program registration is underway!

Sailing School students learning on classic Herreshoff 121/2's

Register now for Youth and Adult Summer Sailing Lessons!

Our mission is to teach seamanship and sailing, with the goal of promoting self-reliance, responsibility, and accountability, both on and off the water.  We are offering daytime youth sessions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students aboard the historic Herreshoff 12 ½'s built between 1914 and 1939, and the Fishers Island 31 KESTREL.  Evening adult classes will utilize the same fleet.  In addition, we now offer family sailing classes and private lessons.


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HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES GRANT FROM COLLECTORS FOUNDATION
FOR AFTER SCHOOL BOAT SHOP PROGRAM



(BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND, USA) – THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM/AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE COLLECTORS FOUNDATION OF TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, HAS AWARDED A $10,000 MATCHING GRANT TO THE MUSEUM TO RUN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM TEACHING CLASSIC BOAT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE. THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM BEGINS THIS MONTH IN THE SAME COMPLEX OF 19TH CENTURY BUILDINGS WHERE THE HERRESHOFF MANUFACTURING CO. DESIGNED AND BUILT THE BOATS USED IN THE MUSEUM'S SAILING PROGRAM. THE BOATS WERE BUILT BETWEEN 1914 AND 1939.

AT THE MUSEUM THE HERRESHOFF INSTITUTE, ORGANIZED IN 1998, IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE COLLABORATION TO TEACH MATH AND SCIENCE THROUGH SAILING. THE HERRESHOFF INSTITUTE RUNS YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS ASHORE AND AFLOAT TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE PEOPLE. IN 2010 THE AFTER SCHOOL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM TEACHING CLASSIC BOAT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE ENROLLED 15 STUDENTS FROM EAST PROVIDENCE, BARRINGTON, WARREN, BRISTOL, AND TIVERTON. A MOSES BROWN STUDENT AND A BARRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DEVELOPED SENIOR PROJECTS WHICH GREW OUT OF THIS PROGRAM. MT. HOPE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE PARTIAL CREDIT THROUGH THE PROGRAM, OR COUNT IT AS AN EXTRACURRICULAR CLUB.

THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM ARE TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE GAIN VALUABLE SKILLS, WHILE CONTRIBUTING TO THEIR COMMUNITY’S RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE AND MODERN INDUSTRY. THE CURRICULUM COVERS SHOP SAFETY; SHOP CLEANLINESS; PLANNING A PROJECT AND SEQUENCING WORK EFFICIENTLY; WOOD VARIETIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PROPERTIES; HOW TO SAND; PRIMER AND PAINT APPLICATION; VARNISH APPLICATION; BRUSH CLEANING; AND HAND TOOL USE.

YOUTH ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM WORK ALONGSIDE SKILLED ADULT ADVISORS WHO TEACH THE PARALLELS BETWEEN BOATYARD WORK CHALLENGES AND PERSONAL GROWTH. THE MUSEUM IS PLEASED TO HAVE THE COOPERATION OF LOCAL LEADERS IN THE MARINE TRADES, INCLUDING BRISTOL BOATS, BRISTOL MARINE, GUCK INC., KINDER INDUSTRIES, HALL SPARS, AND JAMESTOWN DISTRIBUTORS. COLLECTORS FOUNDATION IS AN EDUCATIONAL GRANT-MAKING ORGANIZATION FUNDED BY COLLECTOR VEHICLE AND CLASSIC BOAT ENTHUSIASTS TO SERVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND THE LONG-TERM INTERESTS OF THE COLLECTOR VEHICLE AND CLASSIC BOAT COMMUNITIES. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOUNDATION CAN BE FOUND ON ITS WEBSITE: WWW.COLLECTORSFOUNDATION.ORG.

THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM AND AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME ARE 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.
WE SAY GOOD-BYE TO OUR DOCENT, VOLUNTEER AND FRIEND, ALAN D. STORMS.

HERRESHOFF MUSEUM VOLUNTEER, ALAN STORMS, PASSED AWAY ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH.  ALAN WAS WELL LOVED BY OUR STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, AND VISITORS. HE HAD A BACKGROUND IN ENGINEERING AND HE KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT NAT , J.B., AND THE HMCO. IF YOU EVER VISITED THE MUSEUM ON A SATURDAY MORNING OR DURING A SPECIAL EVENT, YOU WOULD KNOW ALAN WELL.  HE WAS ALWAYS EAGER TO CHAT ABOUT ENGINEERING, SAILING, AND ALL THINGS HERRESHOFF.  HE STARTED WORKING AT HMM IN 1999 AND WAS A LOYAL VOLUNTEER AND ADVOCATE EVER SINCE. IN ADDITION TO BEING A DOCENT, ALAN WAS ON THE CLASSIC YACHT SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE AND THE BOAT PRESERVATION COMMITTEE. BELOW ARE ALAN'S ANSWERS TO A VOLUNTEER QUESTIONNAIRE AND BELOW THAT YOU WILL FIND A LINK TO HIS OBITUARY.  HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO HAD THE PRIVILEDGE TO KNOW HIM.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH US? MEETING ALL THE EXCELLENT VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF. IT ALSO IS GREAT TO MEET VISITORS AND HAVE THEM APPRECIATE THE HELP.

WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER HOBBIES AND INTERESTS? PHOTOGRAPHY, SKIING, AND TRAVEL

WHAT EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE PERTAINING TO YOUR POSITION HERE?
I AM A LIFELONG SAILOR, MOSTLY ON THE GREAT LAKES, AND HAVE ABSORBED A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE HERRESHOFF COMPANY AND THE TWO BROTHERS.

FAVORITE HERRESHOFF MEMORY: MEETING FORMER CURATOR, CARLTON PINHERO, WHILE HE WAS ALIVE, AND THE VISITOR’S AWE OF HEARING ABOUT THE RELIANCE.

READ ALAN'S OBITUARY

 




HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES GRANT FROM COLLECTORS FOUNDATION
FOR AFTER SCHOOL BOAT SHOP PROGRAM



(BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND, USA) – THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM/AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE COLLECTORS FOUNDATION OF TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, HAS AWARDED A $10,000 MATCHING GRANT TO THE MUSEUM TO RUN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM TEACHING CLASSIC BOAT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE. THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM BEGINS THIS MONTH IN THE SAME COMPLEX OF 19TH CENTURY BUILDINGS WHERE THE HERRESHOFF MANUFACTURING CO. DESIGNED AND BUILT THE BOATS USED IN THE MUSEUM'S SAILING PROGRAM. THE BOATS WERE BUILT BETWEEN 1914 AND 1939.

AT THE MUSEUM THE HERRESHOFF INSTITUTE, ORGANIZED IN 1998, IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE COLLABORATION TO TEACH MATH AND SCIENCE THROUGH SAILING. THE HERRESHOFF INSTITUTE RUNS YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS ASHORE AND AFLOAT TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE PEOPLE. IN 2010 THE AFTER SCHOOL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM TEACHING CLASSIC BOAT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE ENROLLED 15 STUDENTS FROM EAST PROVIDENCE, BARRINGTON, WARREN, BRISTOL, AND TIVERTON. A MOSES BROWN STUDENT AND A BARRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DEVELOPED SENIOR PROJECTS WHICH GREW OUT OF THIS PROGRAM. MT. HOPE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE PARTIAL CREDIT THROUGH THE PROGRAM, OR COUNT IT AS AN EXTRACURRICULAR CLUB.

THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM ARE TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE GAIN VALUABLE SKILLS, WHILE CONTRIBUTING TO THEIR COMMUNITY’S RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE AND MODERN INDUSTRY. THE CURRICULUM COVERS SHOP SAFETY; SHOP CLEANLINESS; PLANNING A PROJECT AND SEQUENCING WORK EFFICIENTLY; WOOD VARIETIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PROPERTIES; HOW TO SAND; PRIMER AND PAINT APPLICATION; VARNISH APPLICATION; BRUSH CLEANING; AND HAND TOOL USE.

YOUTH ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM WORK ALONGSIDE SKILLED ADULT ADVISORS WHO TEACH THE PARALLELS BETWEEN BOATYARD WORK CHALLENGES AND PERSONAL GROWTH. THE MUSEUM IS PLEASED TO HAVE THE COOPERATION OF LOCAL LEADERS IN THE MARINE TRADES, INCLUDING BRISTOL BOATS, BRISTOL MARINE, GUCK INC., KINDER INDUSTRIES, HALL SPARS, AND JAMESTOWN DISTRIBUTORS. COLLECTORS FOUNDATION IS AN EDUCATIONAL GRANT-MAKING ORGANIZATION FUNDED BY COLLECTOR VEHICLE AND CLASSIC BOAT ENTHUSIASTS TO SERVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND THE LONG-TERM INTERESTS OF THE COLLECTOR VEHICLE AND CLASSIC BOAT COMMUNITIES. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOUNDATION CAN BE FOUND ON ITS WEBSITE: WWW.COLLECTORSFOUNDATION.ORG.

THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM AND AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME ARE 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.




PARTNERS IN PROGRESS

(MYSTIC, CT & BRISTOL, RI) MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM AND HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THEY HAVE ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT IN WHICH THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM AND MYSTIC SEAPORT WILL BECOME AFFILIATED.

MYSTIC SEAPORT AND THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM ARE ENTERING INTO A BROAD COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE EACH MUSEUM’S MISSION, ASSETS, PROGRAMS AND ASPIRATIONS ARE COMPLEMENTARY WITH THE OTHER. THE AGREEMENT PROVIDES BOTH MUSEUMS WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO TELL THE BROAD STORY OF THE AMERICAN MARITIME LANDSCAPE. BOTH MUSEUMS WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY WITH THEIR EXISTING ASSETS, BUT WILL SERVE AS RESOURCES TO THE OTHER AS NEEDED AND AS AGREED.

“WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT WE WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM AS WE ACTIVELY PURSUE OUR MISSION TO INSPIRE AN ENDURING CONNECTION TO AMERICAN MARITIME EXPERIENCE,” SAID RICHARD VIETOR, CHAIRMAN OF MYSTIC SEAPORT.

DAVE FORD, CHAIRMAN OF THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM, SAID, “OUR AFFILIATION WITH MYSTIC SEAPORT IS AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO MANY OF THE CHALLENGES FACED BY SMALLER MUSEUMS IN TODAY’S ECONOMIC CLIMATE AND WILL GREATLY EXPAND THE SCOPE OF WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH.”

UNDER THE AGREEMENT, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM WILL WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER IN A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT AREAS THAT WILL CAPITALIZE ON MYSTIC SEAPORT’S WELL ESTABLISHED EXPERTISE IN AREAS SUCH AS COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT, CURATORIAL AND CUSTODIAL SUPPORT, AND EXHIBITIONS. IN ADDITION, THE HERRESHOFF MUSEUM HAS NAMED MYSTIC SEAPORT AS ITS EXCLUSIVE PARTNER IN DEVELOPING EXHIBITIONS RELATED TO THE AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME.

“THE SYNERGISM CREATED BY THE AFFILIATION OF AMERICA'S LEADING MARITIME MUSEUM WITH THE DESIGN INNOVATION, YACHTS, AND AMERICA'S CUP HERITAGE PRESENTED BY THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM IS HIGHLY POSITIVE FOR BOTH MUSEUMS' FUTURES," ADDED HALSEY HERRESHOFF.

STEVE WHITE, PRESIDENT OF MYSTIC SEAPORT, ALSO COMMENTED, “MYSTIC SEAPORT’S COLLECTIONS, WATERCRAFT AND EXHIBITS, COMPLEMENTED BY THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM COLLECTIONS, COLLECTIVELY TELL A POWERFUL STORY ABOUT MARITIME INNOVATION, COMPETITIVE SUCCESS AND INSPIRATION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM TO ENSURE THAT THE STORIES OF HERRESHOFF MANUFACTURING COMPANY AND ITS IMPORTANT WORK ARE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF ALL WHO VALUE OUR MARITIME HERITAGE.”

FOUNDED IN 1929, MYSTIC SEAPORT IS THE NATION’S LEADING MARITIME MUSEUM BY VIRTUE OF THE BREADTH AND DIVERSITY OF ITS COLLECTIONS, LIBRARY, EXHIBITS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. LOCATED IN MYSTIC, CT, MYSTIC SEAPORT FEATURES TALL SHIPS, A RE-CREATED 19TH-CENTURY VILLAGE, NUMEROUS EXHIBITS AND A PLANETARIUM. MYSTIC SEAPORT IS THE HOME OF THE CHARLES W. MORGAN, THE ONLY SURVIVING WOODEN WHALING SHIP IN THE WORLD, WHICH IS UNDERGOING A MAJOR RESTORATION IN THE MUSEUM’S HENRY B. DUPONT PRESERVATION SHIPYARD. FOR MORE, VISIT WWW.MYSTICSEAPORT.ORG.PARTNERS IN PROGRESS

(MYSTIC, CT & BRISTOL, RI) MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM AND HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THEY HAVE ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT IN WHICH THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM AND MYSTIC SEAPORT WILL BECOME AFFILIATED.

MYSTIC SEAPORT AND THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM ARE ENTERING INTO A BROAD COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE EACH MUSEUM’S MISSION, ASSETS, PROGRAMS AND ASPIRATIONS ARE COMPLEMENTARY WITH THE OTHER. THE AGREEMENT PROVIDES BOTH MUSEUMS WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO TELL THE BROAD STORY OF THE AMERICAN MARITIME LANDSCAPE. BOTH MUSEUMS WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY WITH THEIR EXISTING ASSETS, BUT WILL SERVE AS RESOURCES TO THE OTHER AS NEEDED AND AS AGREED.

“WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT WE WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM AS WE ACTIVELY PURSUE OUR MISSION TO INSPIRE AN ENDURING CONNECTION TO AMERICAN MARITIME EXPERIENCE,” SAID RICHARD VIETOR, CHAIRMAN OF MYSTIC SEAPORT.

DAVE FORD, CHAIRMAN OF THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM, SAID, “OUR AFFILIATION WITH MYSTIC SEAPORT IS AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO MANY OF THE CHALLENGES FACED BY SMALLER MUSEUMS IN TODAY’S ECONOMIC CLIMATE AND WILL GREATLY EXPAND THE SCOPE OF WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH.”

UNDER THE AGREEMENT, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM WILL WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER IN A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT AREAS THAT WILL CAPITALIZE ON MYSTIC SEAPORT’S WELL ESTABLISHED EXPERTISE IN AREAS SUCH AS COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT, CURATORIAL AND CUSTODIAL SUPPORT, AND EXHIBITIONS. IN ADDITION, THE HERRESHOFF MUSEUM HAS NAMED MYSTIC SEAPORT AS ITS EXCLUSIVE PARTNER IN DEVELOPING EXHIBITIONS RELATED TO THE AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME.

“THE SYNERGISM CREATED BY THE AFFILIATION OF AMERICA'S LEADING MARITIME MUSEUM WITH THE DESIGN INNOVATION, YACHTS, AND AMERICA'S CUP HERITAGE PRESENTED BY THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM IS HIGHLY POSITIVE FOR BOTH MUSEUMS' FUTURES," ADDED HALSEY HERRESHOFF.

STEVE WHITE, PRESIDENT OF MYSTIC SEAPORT, ALSO COMMENTED, “MYSTIC SEAPORT’S COLLECTIONS, WATERCRAFT AND EXHIBITS, COMPLEMENTED BY THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM COLLECTIONS, COLLECTIVELY TELL A POWERFUL STORY ABOUT MARITIME INNOVATION, COMPETITIVE SUCCESS AND INSPIRATION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM TO ENSURE THAT THE STORIES OF HERRESHOFF MANUFACTURING COMPANY AND ITS IMPORTANT WORK ARE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF ALL WHO VALUE OUR MARITIME HERITAGE.”

FOUNDED IN 1929, MYSTIC SEAPORT IS THE NATION’S LEADING MARITIME MUSEUM BY VIRTUE OF THE BREADTH AND DIVERSITY OF ITS COLLECTIONS, LIBRARY, EXHIBITS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. LOCATED IN MYSTIC, CT, MYSTIC SEAPORT FEATURES TALL SHIPS, A RE-CREATED 19TH-CENTURY VILLAGE, NUMEROUS EXHIBITS AND A PLANETARIUM. MYSTIC SEAPORT IS THE HOME OF THE CHARLES W. MORGAN, THE ONLY SURVIVING WOODEN WHALING SHIP IN THE WORLD, WHICH IS UNDERGOING A MAJOR RESTORATION IN THE MUSEUM’S HENRY B. DUPONT PRESERVATION SHIPYARD. FOR MORE, VISIT WWW.MYSTICSEAPORT.ORG.


HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES GRANT FROM COLLECTORS FOUNDATION FOR AFTER SCHOOL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM/AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE COLLECTORS FOUNDATION OF TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, HAS AWARDED A $10,000 MATCHING GRANT TO THE MUSEUM FOR THE PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN AFTER SCHOOL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM IN CLASSIC BOAT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE. THE NEW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM WILL REACH OUT TO THE MUSEUM'S SKILLED VOLUNTEERS, STAFF, AND REGIONAL BOAT RESTORATION SPECIALISTS TO SERVE AS MENTORS TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. THE MUSEUM IS ACTIVELY SEEKING CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO MEET THE $10,000 GOAL SET BY THE COLLECTORS FOUNDATION AND FULLY FUND THIS NEW ADDITION TO ITS HERRESHOFF INSTITUTE PROGRAMMING.

YOUTH ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM WILL WORK ALONGSIDE SKILLED ADULT MENTORS, IN THE SAME COMPLEX OF 19TH CENTURY BUILDINGS WHERE THE HERRESHOFF MANUFACTURING CO. DESIGNED AND BUILT THE BOATS UTILIZED IN THE MUSEUM'S SAILING PROGRAM. USING TOOLS AND PATTERNS NOT UNLIKE THOSE UTILIZED NEARLY A CENTURY AGO, STUDENTS WILL ASSIST IN SERVICING AND MAINTAINING THE MUSEUM'S FLEET OF HERRESHOFF 12 ½ S AND OTHER BOATS UTILIZED IN THE HERRESHOFF INSTITUTE SEAMANSHIP PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS TYPE IN THE NATION, UTILIZING WOODEN BOATS DESIGNED AND BUILT NEARLY A CENTURY AGO AT THE HERRESHOFF MANUFACTURING CO., NOW THE HOME OF THE MUSEUM.

THESE BOATS HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED BY GENERATIONS OF EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE INDIVIDUALS, ALONGSIDE WHOM SUCCESSIVE GENERATIONS OF YOUTH WERE TAUGHT TO CARE FOR THEM WITH EQUAL SKILL. THESE ARE THE BOATS WE SEEK TO PRESERVE, TO CARE FOR, AND TO RESTORE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BUILDING YOUNG PEOPLE OF GREATER CHARACTER AND RESPONSIBILITY WHO CAN BETTER APPRECIATE THEIR ROLE AS STEWARDS OF THESE BOATS AND OF THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO INSURE THEIR PRESERVATION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

THE HERRESHOFF INSTITUTE SEAMANSHIP PROGRAM SERVES A DIVERSE POPULATION OF YOUNG LADIES AND GENTLEMEN FROM THE NARRAGANSETT BAY REGION WHO ATTEND THE PROGRAM FOR A MODEST FEE. IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE PROGRAM'S SUCCESS THAT MANY OF THESE STUDENTS RETURN, SOME FOR SEVERAL CONSECUTIVE YEARS, AND THAT ALUMNI CONTINUE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PROGRAM AS SEASONAL INSTRUCTORS.

THE NEW MENTORSHIP PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED TO GET UNDERWAY IN SUMMER, 2010.

COLLECTORS FOUNDATION IS AN EDUCATIONAL GRANT-MAKING ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY HAGERTY INSURANCE AND FUNDED BY COLLECTOR VEHICLE AND CLASSIC BOAT ENTHUSIASTS TO SERVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND THE LONG-TERM INTERESTS OF THE COLLECTOR VEHICLE AND CLASSIC BOAT COMMUNITIES. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOUNDATION CAN BE FOUND ON ITS WEBSITE: WWW.COLLECTORSFOUNDATION.ORG.


WHISTLER REJOINS THE S CLASS

THE 1928 HERRESHOFF S BOAT WHISTLER, HULL #1080, WAS RE-LAUNCHED SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010, SHORTLY AFTER 11:00AM AT CASEY'S BOAT YARD IN NEWPORT, RI. WHISTLER HAS HAD A GREAT SAILING HISTORY ON NARRAGANSETT BAY SINCE 1943 AND SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH A RECENT REBUILD BY JENS LANG.

THE MUSEUM WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE TED BOYLAN AND HIS FAMILY ON THE RESTORATION OF WHISTLER AND HER REJOINING THE NARRAGANSETT BAY S CLASS.

 




SY NELLIE REBORN IN MAINEHERRESHOFF ALERION LAUNCHED BY BEETLE BOAT SHOP

ON SEPTEMBER 26, A NEW HERRESHOFF-DESIGNED 26' FOOT ALERION SLOOP WAS LAUNCHED IN MATTAPOISETT HARBOR BY THE BEETLE BOAT SHOP OF WAREHAM, MA.  THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM OFFERS ITS CONGRATULATIONS TO BEETLE AND THE VESSEL'S OWNER, ALDEN BREWSTER, AND OUR THANKS TO THEM FOR KEEPING THE HERRESHOFF LEGACY ALIVE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NEW ALERION AND ADDITIONAL PHOTOS, PLEASE VISIT THE BEETLE BOAT WEBSITE.THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM CONGRATULATES OWNERS JEFFREY BOAL AND FERNANDO ALVA ON THE LAUNCHING OF THE RESTORED SAILING YACHT NELLIE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2009. THIS BEAUTIFUL 46' CUTTER, DESIGNED BY NATHANAEL G. HERRESHOFF AND ORIGINALLY LAUNCHED IN 1903, HAS BEEN EXPERTLY BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE BY WAYNE GEORGE AND THE RESTORATION TEAM AT WARREN POND BOATWORKS OF MAINE.

HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM AWARDED CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT GRANT

THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM IS HONORED TO HAVE BEEN MADE THE RECIPIENT OF A CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM GRANT TO ASSESS THE HISTORIC HERRESHOFF HOUSE AND RELATED COLLECTIONS AT THE MUSEUM’S CAMPUS ALONG HOPE AND BURNSIDE STREETS.

THE CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (CAP) IS SUPPORTED THROUGH A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES AND HERITAGE PRESERVATION. THIS CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT WILL PROVIDE A SURVEY OF THE MUSEUM’S DOMESTIC LIFE COLLECTION AS WELL AS THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES RELATING TO THE COLLECTION’S CARE. THE PROGRAM SUPPORTS MULTIPLE SITE VISITS BY CONSERVATION PROFESSIONALS TO PERFORM THE ASSESSMENT. THESE PROFESSIONALS, EXPERT IN COLLECTIONS CARE AND HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE, WILL PROVIDE ASSESSMENT REPORTS FOR BOTH THE STRUCTURE AND COLLECTION.

“THIS AWARD VALIDATES THE MUSEUM’S EFFORTS TO EXPAND OUR WORK TO INCLUDE THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE HERRESHOFF FAMILY BEYOND ITS WELL KNOWN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE YACHTING WORLD”, SAYS LAWRENCE FISHER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM. “IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DOCUMENT AND PRESERVE EXAMPLES OF DOMESTIC LIFE AT HMCO DURING THE NINETEENTH AND EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY. THIS GRANT WILL ENABLE US TO BETTER INTERPRET THIS IMPORTANT ASSET WHICH WAS THE HOME OF JOHN BROWN HERRESHOFF AND NATHANAEL GREENE HERRESHOFF DURING THEIR FORMATIVE YEARS AND AT THE BIRTH OF THEIR FAMOUS BOATBUILDING ENTERPRISE.”

HERITAGE PRESERVATION IS A NATIONAL NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION OF THE NATION’S ARTIFACTS. THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES IS THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR THE NATION’S 122,000 LIBRARIES AND 17,500 MUSEUMS. HERITAGE PRESERVATION’S CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED THROUGH A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE INSTITUTE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON IMLS, PLEASE VISIT WWW.IMLS.GOV; FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CAP AND HERITAGE PRESERVATION, VISIT WWW.HERITAGEPRESERVATION.ORG. 

 




TARTAN RENDEZVOUS VISITS MUSEUM

The Tartan Owners North East (TONE) group held their annual rendezvous at the Herreshoff Marine Museum over the weekend of July 24-26. Dozens of vessels from the east coast converged at the Museum for social events, informational sessions, and talks from world renowned photographer Onne van der Wal and Museum President Halsey Herreshoff. 


SCHOONER MARY ROSE VISITS MUSEUM FOR SUMMER 2009

(Bristol, Rhode Island, USA) – Visitors to the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame this summer will be treated to a view of the graceful HMCo schooner Mary Rose throughout the season.

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NAPLES/NEWPORT – 11 APRIL 2012.

THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM AND THE AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME TODAY ANNOUNCED THE IDENTITY OF THE NEXT THREE INDUCTEES TO THE AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME. COMING FROM THREE DISTINCT AMERICA’S CUP ERAS TWO OF THEM ARE AMERICANS AND ONE IS ITALIAN.
ESTABLISHED IN 1992 THE AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME CELEBRATES AND RECOGNIZES THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE SPORT OF SAILING AND IN PARTICULAR THE AMERICA’S CUP COMPETITION. ON A REGULAR BASIS SEVERAL PERSONALITIES ARE IDENTIFIED BY THE HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE TO BE INDUCTED. 2012 SEES THREE MORE INDIVIDUALS CHOSEN TO JOIN THE RANKS OF THOSE ALREADY INDUCTED.

THE FIRST PERSON TO BE INDUCTED THIS YEAR, POSTHUMOUSLY, IS GERARD B. LAMBERT, SR. (USA) – WHO WAS ACTIVE IN THE PERIOD 1930 TO 1937, THE SECOND, JONATHAN WRIGHT (USA) – WAS ACTIVE BETWEEN 1974 AND 1987 AND THE THIRD, PATRIZIO BERTELLI (ITA) – HAS BEEN ACTIVE CONTINUOUSLY SINCE 1997.
GERARD B. LAMBERT, SR (B 1887 – D 1967) HAD AN ASSOCIATION WITH THE AMERICA’S CUP THAT SPANNED THE LAST THREE CUP CYCLES BEFORE THE SECOND WORLD WAR. IN 1928 LAMBERT BOUGHT VANITIE, THE UNSUCCESSFUL DEFENDER CANDIDATE OF 1920, FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF CONVERTING HER TO THE NEW J CLASS RULE AND USING HER AS A TRIAL HORSE FOR THE FOUR NEW AMERICAN J CLASS YACHTS BEING BUILT FOR THE 1930 DEFENDER TRIALS. HE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE SYNDICATE THAT CAMPAIGNED WEETAMOE, ONE OF THOSE FOUR NEW BOATS. IN 1934 LAMBERT WAS ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SYNDICATE THAT BUILT AND CAMPAIGNED RAINBOW THE DEFENDER CANDIDATE THAT SUCCESSFULLY DISPATCHED ONE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE CHALLENGERS EVER, THE BRITISH YACHT ENDEAVOUR. DURING THIS MATCH THERE WAS HOWEVER AN INCIDENT IN ONE OF THE RACES THAT LED TO CONTROVERSY BETWEEN THE COMPETITORS. THE CHALLENGER, NOT BELIEVING THE INCIDENT HAD BEEN FAIRLY HANDLED BY THE REGATTA ORGANISERS, VOWED NEVER TO RETURN. IN 1935, LAMBERT PERSONALLY TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO TRY AND RECTIFY THE UNFORTUNATE SITUATION BY MOUNTING AN AMBITIOUS DIPLOMATIC AND SPORTING CAMPAIGN. HE BOUGHT YANKEE, ANOTHER UNSUCCESSFUL BUT ULTIMATELY COMPETITIVE J CLASS YACHT, SAILED HER ACROSS THE ATLANTIC IN A RACE AGAINST HIS OTHER YACHT THE RECORD-BREAKING SCHOONER ATLANTIC, BEFORE COMPETING IN THE ENTIRE UK REGATTA CIRCUIT OVER THE FOLLOWING SUMMER MONTHS. LAMBERT’S INITIATIVE DID MUCH TO REINVIGORATE MOTIVATION AMONGST THE BRITISH YACHTING COMMUNITY FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SUCH THAT A FURTHER CHALLENGE FOR THE CUP CAME IN 1937. LAMBERT WAS AGAIN A MEMBER OF THE SYNDICATE THAT CAMPAIGNED THE DEFENDER THAT YEAR - RANGER.

PATRIZIO BERTELLI (B 1946) HAS BEEN SAILING AND RACING YACHTS HIS WHOLE LIFE. HE HAS A PASSION FOR THE AMERICA’S CUP AND IN 1997 HE FOUNDED THE ITALIAN TEAM, NOW KNOWN AS THE LUNA ROSSA CHALLENGE. NOT THE FIRST ITALIAN CHALLENGER, BERTELLI'S TEAM IS HOWEVER THE MOST DEDICATED. NO OTHER ITALIAN SYNDICATE HAS EVER CHALLENGED MORE THAN TWICE. THE LUNA ROSSA CHALLENGE HAS ENDEARED ITSELF TO THE CUP COMMUNITY BY BEING EFFICIENT, STYLISH AND ALWAYS COMPETITIVE AND CONSEQUENTLY DOING A HUGE AMOUNT TO BUILD ON THE MASSIVE ITALIAN POPULAR FOLLOWING OF THE AMERICA’S CUP. THIS TEAM HAS NOW CHALLENGED FOR THE AMERICA'S CUP FOUR TIMES, THE FIRST CHALLENGE SAW THEM ADVANCE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CHALLENGER SELECTION SERIES TO WIN THE LOUIS VUITTON CUP BEFORE BEING DEFEATED BY THE DEFENDER IN THE 30TH MATCH IN MARCH 2000 IN AUCKLAND. LUNA ROSSA BEAT AN AMERICAN CHALLENGER CANDIDATE IN THE FINALS AND THE 2000 AMERICA’S CUP MATCH BECAME THE FIRST MATCH IN THE EVENT’S HISTORY WITHOUT AN AMERICAN CLUB INVOLVED. LUNA ROSSA CHALLENGED AGAIN IN 2003 AND 2007 MAKING IT TO THE LOUIS VUITTON CUP SEMI FINALS AND FINALS RESPECTIVELY. LUNA ROSSA HAS RECENTLY CHALLENGED FOR THE 34TH AMERICA’S CUP AND BROUGHT A YOUNG INTERNATIONAL CREW TO TACKLE THE NEW MULTI-HULL WORLD. PATRIZIO BERTELLI RECENTLY ANNOUNCED IN PALERMO THAT, CHALLENGER OR DEFENDER AFTER THE 34TH AMERICA’S CUP IN SAN FRANCISCO 2013 HE WILL BE BACK AGAIN WITH LUNA ROSSA. IF THIS COMES TO PASS BERTELLI WILL EQUAL THE MOST PROLIFIC CHALLENGER OF ALL TIME, SIR THOMAS LIPTON, WITH FIVE ATTEMPTS AT WRESTING THE AMERICA’S CUP. PATRIZIO BERTELLI IS THE CEO OF THE PRADA GROUP.

JONATHAN WRIGHT (B 1948) IS ONE OF THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THE12-METRE ERA IN AMERICA'S CUP HISTORY. TWO MAIN REASONS PUT WRIGHT IN THIS POSITION.
THE FIRST REASON IS DUE TO WRIGHT’S SAILING ACTIVITIES. HAVING CREWED ON BOARD NO FEWER THAN FIVE DEFENDERS ACROSS A PERIOD OF 13 YEARS WRIGHT IS CERTAINLY MADE OF THE STUFF THAT THE HALL OF FAME RECOGNISES. WRIGHT’S CONTEMPORARIES DENNIS CONNER, TED HOOD, TED TURNER AND TOM WHIDDEN HAVE ALREADY BEEN INDUCTED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICA'S CUP HISTORY DURING THE 12 METRE ERA, BUT IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR THE SKILLS OF WRIGHT AND OTHERS TRIMMING THE SAILS ON COURAGEOUS, INDEPENDENCE, FREEDOM, LIBERTY AND STARS & STRIPES THINGS MIGHT NOT HAVE WORKED OUT THE WAY THEY DID. WRIGHT'S PROVEN ALL-ROUND ABILITY WITHIN AN AMERICA'S CUP CAMPAIGN SAW HIM TASKED IN 1985 WITH THE HUGE RESPONSIBILITY OF RECRUITING A SQUAD OF 25 SAILORS FOR THE UPCOMING STARS & STRIPES CAMPAIGN OF 1987, A CAMPAIGN THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY BE SUCCESSFUL IN BRINGING THE CUP BACK FROM AUSTRALIA TO AMERICA.
THE SECOND REASON IS DUE TO WRIGHT’S COMMUNICATING ACTIVITIES. OVER HIS AMERICA’S CUP CAREER AND SINCE, JON HAS SHARED HIS EXPERIENCES AND SPREAD THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE MAGIC OF THE AMERICA’S CUP TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS BY VIRTUE OF HAVING GIVEN OVER 150 TALKS TO AUDIENCES AROUND THE UNITED STATES RANGING IN SIZE FROM 40 TO 450 AT A TIME. JON WRIGHT CURRENTLY HOLDS THE VANDERSTAR CHAIR AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY AT ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND. BOTH BERTELLI AND WRIGHT ARE PAST WINNERS OF THE LOUIS VUITTON CUP ON THEIR FIRST ATTEMPT.

THE AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY, JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY THE HERRESHOFF MUSEUM AND LOUIS VUITTON, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MARBLE HOUSE IN NEWPORT, RI ON THE EVENING OF 29TH JUNE THIS YEAR, AT THE SAME TIME AS THE AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES REGATTA IN NEWPORT (27 JUNE-1 JULY), THE FINAL EVENT IN THE FIRST ANNUAL SEASON OF RACING THE NEW AC45 CATAMARANS. MARBLE HOUSE, ON BELLEVUE AVENUE IN NEWPORT, IS A SIGNIFICANT VENUE FOR THIS YEAR’S HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY. MARBLE HOUSE BELONGED TO ALVA BELMONT, THE MOTHER OF HAROLD ‘MIKE’ VANDERBILT, AN EARLY INDUCTEE INTO THE HALL OF FAME AND SYNDICATE MEMBER, WITH LAMBERT, OF RAINBOW AND RANGER IN 1934 AND 1937. IN 1983, MARBLE HOUSE WAS THE SETTING FOR THE AMERICA'S CUP TROPHY PRESENTATION ON THE OCCASION OF AUSTRALIA II’S OUTSTANDING VICTORY – THE FIRST CHALLENGER TO EVER WIN A MATCH FOR AMERICA’S CUP.
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THE AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME CELEBRATES THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OUTSTANDING SAILORS AND INNOVATORS BY INDUCTING THEM INTO THE HALL OF FAME AT EXTRAORDINARY CEREMONIES HELD IN EXCITING VENUES AROUND THE WORLD. THESE CEREMONIES ARE TRULY NOTABLE EVENTS, DRAWING THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST OF THE SPORT TO HONOUR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE MADE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO YACHTING’S MOST DISTINGUISHED COMPETITION.
THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM, LOCATED IN BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND, USA, IS A MARITIME MUSEUM DEDICATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE HERRESHOFF MANUFACTURING COMPANY, YACHTING, AND THE AMERICA'S CUP. THE HERRESHOFF MANUFACTURING COMPANY (1878-1945) WAS MOST NOTABLE FOR PRODUCING SAILING YACHTS, INCLUDING EIGHT AMERICA'S CUP DEFENDERS, AND STEAM-POWERED VESSELS. THE MUSEUM, SITUATED NEAR NARRAGANSETT BAY ON THE GROUNDS WHERE THE MANUFACTURING COMPANY ONCE STOOD, HAS A COLLECTION OF OVER SIXTY BOATS INCLUDING NATHANAEL GREENE HERRESHOFF'S CLARA, BUILT IN 1887, HAROLD VANDERBILT'S TRIVIA, AND THE 1992 IACC YACHT, DEFIANT.
SINCE 1983 THE LOUIS VUITTON CUP HAS BEEN THE TROPHY AWARDED TO THE WINNER OF THE CHALLENGER SELECTION SERIES FOR THE AMERICA’S CUP.

FOR INDUCTION CEREMONY ENQUIRIES AND AN INVITATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
ELISABETH LAVERS
HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM
TEL: +1 401 253 5000
EMAIL: E.LAVERS@HERRESHOFF.ORG



AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY BRINGS TOGETHER
PAST AND FUTURE OF THE CUP

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New York, NY) - On the night of April 30, 2009 the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame inducted John Biddle, Thomas Ratsey, and John Longley AM into the America's Cup Hall of Fame at a spectacular evening at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, presented by Rolex Watch USA. The evening's keynote speaker, Sir Keith Mills, provided a challenger's perspective on the current status of the Cup, and discussed the history of British challengers.

Photo (c) Daniel Forster/America's Cup Hall of Fame

Presentations by Gary Jobson included a reel of Cup highlights, as well as vignettes on each inductee.  John Rousmaniere spoke about the Cup's history, particularly as recorded at the New York Yacht Club and its collection of models and artwork.

The late John Biddle's son and daughter, Scott and Sophie, accepted his award on his behalf, and his wife Amy acknowledged how pleased John had been to be nominated.

Thomas Ratsey, founder of Ratsey & Lapthorn sailmakers, providers of sails to many of the classic America's Cup yachts, was next inducted; his award was accepted by his descendant Cynthia Ratsey Young and her husband Tom.

The third inductee, John Longley, AM, was introduced by Tom Schnackenberg.  John regaled the crowd with stories of his Cup experiences on Southern Cross, Australia, and Australia II, as well as his work towards the creation of the IACC rule. 

Photo (c) Daniel Forster/America's Cup Hall of Fame

Guests included Brad Butterworth and Murray Jones of Alinghi, Stephen Barclay and Tom Ehman of BMW ORACLE Racing, Allen Brill, President of Rolex Watch USA, Alessandra Pandarese and Margherita Botini of Mascalzone Latino, Sotiris Buseas of Greek Challenge, Bruno Trouble and America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee chair, Dyer Jones.

President of the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame, Halsey Herreshoff, served as master of ceremonies for the evening.

Sir Keith Mills and Sotiris Buseas (c) Daniel Forster/America's Cup Hall of Fame



HERRESHOFF AND SNAME ANNOUNCE FOURTH CLASSIC YACHT SYMPOSIUM (TM)

Written 11Dec14

Sailing Forward from Modern to Traditional
By Bruce Bradley

Procyon at the Herreshoff Regatta 2014 - Photo by Svetlana Ivanoff

Shirley and I joined the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in 1996, and in 1999 bought a new 38-foot Beneteau cruising sailboat, Ode To Joy. Over the next eleven years we sailed out of our home port at the GPYC. We cruised on all the Great Lakes (except Lake Ontario), sailed DRYA races and eight Port Huron-to-Mackinac races, and did many day sails on Lake St. Clair. While most of our sailing was cruising and day sailing, we did enjoy racing, especially the Mackinac races with our family-based crew consisting of our three grown children and two spouses, all excellent racers. Sailing Lake Superior, northern Lake Michigan, the North Channel and Georgian Bay were some of our most memorable cruises.

Over the years we equipped the boat for cruising and racing with all the modern conveniences, including the latest electronics: autopilot, radar, chart plotter, wind direction/speed, VHF with AIS, speed and depth sounder. We added an electric windlass and an electric winch. Other notable improvements included a large capacity inverter, an elaborate stereo system, complete cockpit enclosure with screens, and a crane to lift the dinghy’s outboard motor up to the transom. Both mainsail and jib were roller-furled with the main rolling up into the mast, a common Beneteau feature.

During the summer of 2010 we sailed/motored to our summer house on Cape Cod through Lake Erie, the Erie Canal, Hudson River, New York Harbor, Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and along the southern Rhode Island and Massachusetts coast. (A narrative of the trip was published in the late fall 2010 and winter 2011 issues of The Grosse Pointer). During the summers of 2011 and 2012 we cruised the New England Coast, which included a month spent exploring the coast of Maine, with its beauty resembling Lake Superior, the North Channel and Georgian Bay, although differentiated by tens of thousands of lobster pots and salt water. Our final trip in Ode To Joy, with all its modern conveniences, was a cruise to the Bahamas in the fall of 2012 and winter of 2013 via the Intracoastal Waterway to West Palm Beach, Florida, and across the Gulf Stream.

Back to the Future

I began my sailing career as a child on Long Island Sound, day sailing on a 19-foot John Alden-designed “Sloop Sakonnet” and cruising on my grandfather’s 44-foot Herreshoff, a Fishers Island 31, named Procyon. Our family frequently cruised the New England coast on Procyon, creating wonderful memories and a love for big-boat sailing and cruising. I vividly recall my father and grandfather talking at length about the beautiful design and workmanship of Herreshoff, how well the boat sailed, its perfect balance and ability to handle the chop off the New England coast, especially Buzzards Bay. 

Procyon was designed by Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff under the watchful eye of his father, “Cap’n Nat,” and was built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island, in 1929. The boat was the the sixth hull of fourteen boats in its class, which were built mostly for residents of Fishers Island, New York. In those days the size of the boat was usually described by its waterline length, which is 31 feet; thus the class was named “Fishers Island 31”. The dimensions are:  LOA  44 feet;  LWL 31 feet; beam 10 feet 6 inches; draft 6 feet 2 inches; displacement 18,000 pounds; and sail area 870 square feet. Procyon was originally named Azura. Today her sister-ship Torch, hull #7, is on display in the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island.

My Grandfather reluctantly sold Procyon in 1959 to a sailor and author at the well-known yacht design firm of Sparkman Stevens, Francis L. Kinney. I have always had an interest in Procyon and over the last several years I developed a growing interest in finding her. During the summer of 2012 I had the opportunity to sail on another sister ship, Kestrel, (also owned by the Herreshoff Museum). After a great sail that lived up to everything said about the “Fishers Island 31”s, I asked the museum if they could locate Procyon. They discovered her about three miles from our summer home on Cape Cod, and for sale by Steve Ballentine, of Ballentine’s Boat Shop, which is highly regarded for restoration and preservation of classic and antique boats. She was in good condition with stunning brightwork, the original teak deck and mast, and a well preserved hull. Fate was knocking; I bought her! (I had actually seen her a few years before, not realizing it was Procyon.)

After fourteen wonderful years sailing Ode to Joy with all its modern cruising amenities, we put her up for sale.

The story of Procyon is about much more than finding my grandfather’s boat. It is about going back from the modern to the classic boat and discovering that the basics of sailing without many of the modern amenities and technology can be very rewarding. Especially significant is the excellent performance of the old designs. Procyon is a very fast boat.

When I grew up sailing we had no electronics other than an RDF (radio direction finder). We had ice for refrigeration and battery power only for lights and engine starter. Navigation tools were a hand-bearing compass, parallel rules, dividers, navigation books with tables (tides, currents etc.), paper charts, and our noses. We also had no roller furling, used a mechanical windlass for hauling up the anchor and had a sounding line for water depth. We had running back stays and steered with a tiller. Yet all in all, we managed to get along quite well.

We spent our first sailing season with Procyon (August and September 2013) learning the boat, which is much longer and heavier than the Beneteau, has more sail area, is steered with a tiller, has running back stays and is faster. We found Procyon to be just as easy to sail, if not easier, since she has a self-tending, club-footed jib, is beautifully balanced, has wide teak decks, and has better visibility from the cockpit. Shirley and I can handle her comfortably. The previous owner would often sail single handed in the right weather. Procyon is much more challenging in heavy winds since the mainsail has a large sail area and reefing is done by traditional, slab reefing. With a little experience, we were able to master heavy weather fairly well. Setting the sails and furling require more effort than the modern rig. The large main is furled on the boom and requires effort to haul up; but I can still do it, thanks to a good winch and workouts with my physical trainer. The jib is hanked on to the headstay and furled on the club boom. Hauling up the jib requires very little effort as it is relatively small. This extra effort is a small price to pay for such a magnificent sailing boat. With her deep “V” hull, long forefoot keel and weight, she handles the heavy choppy seas of Buzzards Bay far better than any fin keel boat. She points higher than our Beneteau and sails fast, consistently sailing over eight knots in moderate-to-heavy breeze and over seven knots to windward.

We did learn of a new hazard, though. Often, while out sailing, we would notice many other boats sailing toward us on near collision courses. It turned out that we were the subject of many “photo-ops” and, of course, loved it.

We had our first overnight shakedown cruise over Labor Day Weekend, 2013, when we joined the Barrington Yacht Club cruise at Cuttyhunk Island, a day sail from our home on Cape Cod. We had another couple aboard, and the accommodations worked out very well for the two couples. We were warmly received by many old friends who enjoyed having a classic boat join the fleet.

My philosophy on equipping and maintaining the boat is, first and foremost, to maintain its historical and classic integrity. As much as possible, everything that is visible should reflect the appearance and functionality of the original design. Updated features that are not easily seen, but make sailing and cruising more enjoyable and safer include a modern diesel engine, hot and cold pressurized water, refrigeration unit in the icebox, automatic bilge pump, and a small Garmin GPS, which includes depth and speed, mounted on a lever that is only visible when it swings into the companionway when underway. We have been able to maintain the interior in its original configuration and have only replaced cushions and worn out plumbing fixtures. The exterior is also original with only slight modifications to the running back stays, new cockpit cushions, and a much improved full batten mainsail.  We even replaced the need for an autopilot with a simple system to “lash” the tiller for those long straight runs and for tending to other tasks. This is often not necessary since the boat is so well balanced the heading can be controlled by the set of the sails alone.

Our second season, the summer of 2014, brought many new experiences and friendships as a result of owning and sailing a classic Herreshoff. The first major event was a family reunion with my siblings and cousins who sailed on Procyon many years ago when it belonged to my grandfather. It was a wonderful way to bring the family back together. We began racing in a weekly evening sailing series where we met other area sailors as both crew and competitors.  We had no trouble finding crew to sail on our classic, and won our first race. We joined the nearby Buzzards Yacht Club, a small informal club with great sailing programs and were able to participate in their PHRF race series. We cruised to Mystic Seaport Museum (three days each way) to participate as an exhibit in their annual Classic and Antique Boat Rendezvous. We were pleased to be given the prize for the best restored sailboat over 40 feet. At the end of the summer we cruised to the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island, (where she was originally built in 1929) for their annual regatta. We raced against some famous Herreshoff classics and enjoyed being part of their history. It was a great summer!

I suppose that owning an eighty-five-year-old classic sailboat is a step back in time —which, of course, it is. But it also represents a huge leap forward in the enjoyment of sailing, family, and friends. In that respect, it is something of a time machine that allows us to select the past, present or future anytime we step aboard.

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HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM SAVES 100-YEAR OLD Q BOAT FROM DESTRUCTION

The Herreshoff Marine museum stepped in and recently rescued an important wooden boat built in 1909 from destruction by chainsaw-wielding wreckers on the Boston waterfront. The boat, originally named MORE JOY, is an original ‘Q’ Boat type, designed and built by Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff for the President of American Coal Products, and is the oldest surviving boat of its type. Amazingly, this boat had not only survived for one hundred years, but is likely to have sailed every year of her life.

At the urging of the Owner, whose health is in decline, the Museum was able to save the boat from the wreckers and she has been delivered safely to the Museum site in Bristol, RI. The Owner and now donor stood between the wreckers and the boat as efforts were made to call off her imminent destruction.

Click here to read more about MORE JOY (HMCo #691) in this article by our curator, John Palmieri.