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Technical Data for Cup Boats 

More information on designers, builders, and specifications for challengers, defenders, and contenders from 1851-1937.

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.

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May 8, 2023

More information on designers, builders, and specifications for challengers, defenders, and contenders from 1851-1937.

The Curator’s Log

May 8, 2023

Technical Data for Cup Boats 

More information on designers, builders, and specifications for challengers, defenders, and contenders from 1851-1937.

May 3, 2023

Press Release: The Herreshoff Marine Museum Unveils New Exhibit 

Herreshoff Marine Museum Unveils “Challengers, Defenders, and Contenders: The Hodgdon Collection of America’s Cup Models – 1851-1937” Exhibit


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On this day in 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge opened to the public. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. This photo, taken 12 years later, shows the 1895 Herreshoff designed and built America's Cup defender, DEFENDER, under tow on the way to New Rochelle with the iconic - and still young - Brooklyn Bridge in the background. There's so much detail in this photo, from the skyline, forest of masts and ferry in the background, to the crew member up the mast and the spectators in the gig!The wire cable that made suspension bridges like the Brooklyn Bridge possible in the 19th century was also used in Cup defender rigs, but that's not the only marvel of material technology on display in this image: DEFENDER was partially plated in aluminum. This was a rather radical (and expensive) attempt at creating the lightest and strongest hull possible for the Cup defense that year. DEFENDER was ultimately successful in the defense of the Cup, and even went on to serve as a trial horse for following defenders - perhaps a longer-than-expected run for a boat constructed out of a mix of aluminum and bronze...📸 John C. Hemment, HMM Photo Archive#BrooklynBridge #NYC #AmericasCup #CupDefender #HMCo #Herreshoff ... See MoreSee Less
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THURSDAY, May 18: Lecture: "Golden Age of Newport Yachting" by Robert B. MacKay Newport is known as the yachting capital of the world, and it reached its zenith during the period between 1917 and 1946. Many of the nation’s captains of finance and industry skippered legendary yachts that formed an argosy of splendor that has never been eclipsed. Vincent Astor sailed off to World War I as an officer on his own yacht, the Noma, contributing to the war effort, while Harriette Goelet, a determined widow, captained her own vessel and became one of the first yachtswomen entitled to fly the New York Yacht Club’s burgee. Howard Hughes anchored in the channel, forcing a Fall River Line steamer into the bank. Notables from around the world, such as Sir Thomas Lipton, flocked to Newport once the America’s Cup found a home there in 1930. Join yachting historian Bob MacKay as he reveals the rare images and stories behind the age of “extravagant magnificence.”Robert B. MacKay is a lifelong sailor and classic boat enthusiast who received his doctorate in American and New England studies from Boston University in 1980. He dates his interest in yachting history to having been a member of Rudy Schaefer’s crew that sailed his replica of the schooner yacht America from Newport to England in 1968. Among his recent books are America by the Yard: Cirkut Camera Images from the Early Twentieth Century (W.W. Norton, 2006), Great Yachts of Long Island’s North Shore (Arcadia Publishing, 2014) and Marine Paintings at the New York Yacht Club (2019). He also wrote the introduction to Phil Moore’s Yachts in a Hurry and was editor of Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860–1940. He is Director Emeritus of @PreservationLongIsland and former chairman of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation (@NYStateParks).May 18, 2023In-Person Reception begins at 6 pmLecture begins at 7 pm, EasternPurchase tickets at herreshoff.org/lecturesVirtual Tickets: Members: $10, Non-Members: $15In-Person Tickets: Members: $15, Non-Members: $20 #Herreshoff #Sailing #GoldenAge #Newport #Yachting #TwentiethCentury #BetweenTheWars #WWI #WWII #NewEnglandHistory #NYYC ... See MoreSee Less
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