March 23, 2020

This Week in Herreshoff History: March 23

Birthday Wishes, Boat Launching, and Relief from Dreadful Pain

March 24, 1894:

JBH's personal yacht, EUGENIA I, launched March 12, 1894

The Bristol Phoenix published a very long article describing JBH’s new steam yacht Eugenia including a description of interior and exterior, building of 20-raters for Harold Gould, “a German Baron from …Kiel”, and some Cup speculation. There is an additional article on visit from US Navy Secretary Herbert."

March 23, 1900:

Today marks Mrs. Julia A. Herreshoff's 89th birthday, 120 years ago. The Bristol Phoenix wrote a column wishing her a happy day. It notes that she is "naturally very proud of the achievements of her son, Nat". This issue of The Pheonix also highlights the news of a Herreshoff launching. Click here to see a stunning sail plan for FLORENCE from the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff collection at the MIT Museum!

March 23, 1917:

Bristol Phoenix: Eastern Yacht Club orders six 70 ft. gasoline launches to be given to government for Coast Patrol service. HMCo. also submits bids for several gasoline launches.

Historic photo of Eastern Yacht Club of Marblehead, MA; image taken by Stebbins, courtesy of Historic New England