March 26, 2020

This Week in Herreshoff History: March 26

A petition to incorporate, instructions on reading blueprints and tips on mechanical drawing from L. Francis Herreshoff, and a launching!

Come for the HMCo. news, stay for oysters, sewing machines and jaundice bitters!

March 29, 1879

Notice is given in the Bristol Phoenix that John B. Herreshoff submitted a petition to incorporate the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company on March 10.

March 26, 1884

Steam yacht MARINA (HMCo. #105) off the HMCo. pier; photo from the HMM historic photo collection

HMCo. #105 MARINA was launched on this day in 1884. The following is an excerpt from an article titled "A Famous Yacht Builder. What John B. Herreshoff Has Done and Is Doing --- An Interesting Cruise on the Fast Steam Yacht, the 'Marina.' " published in the Boston Globe in July of that year:

"Soon the cape is passed, and, with a following wind and calmer sea, we headed straight for Boston.
A large finback whale indulges in some amphibious gymnastics for our amusement probably, while here and there a porpoise blows and turns somersaults. Schools of mackerel are seen in the now more quiet waters, the gulls diving ever and anon into their midst, departing each with its struggling victim. Seiners are met on the lookout for their prey. Plymouth and the clear outlines of the South Shore appear. Now the glass discloses Minot's lighthouse, which rapidly becomes more apparent and distinct.
A little coterie of steam tugs met us near Boston light, having just left their storm-bound tows, and give us a trial of speed; but the Marina shakes them off easily, and soon leaves them far behind..."

You can read the rest of the article here, or you can explore some of her plans from the MIT collection here.

March 26, 1920:

Per the Bristol Phoenix, NGH's son, L. Francis Herreshoff teaches class in reading blueprints and mechanical drawing at local high school. L. Francis was an accomplished designer in his own right. His papers are part of the archival collections at the Mystic Seaport Museum.