1971 – 2021


Celebrating 50 Years of Collection, Preservation, Interpretation & Education

S-Boat Construction Drawing / MIT Museum

The Museum Turns 50

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – The Herreshoff Marine Museum is thrilled to announce its Golden Jubilee year— the 50th anniversary of its founding. Throughout 2021, the Museum will celebrate five decades of preservation and interpretation of the world-renowned Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and its remarkable founders, brothers John and Nathanael (“Captain Nat”) Herreshoff. The Museum will commemorate this yearlong anniversary with programming and special events engaging Herreshoff boat owners around the world, America’s Cup veterans and enthusiasts, and the maritime heritage community at large.

Join the Celebration!

With over 2,000 boats built, and many still sailing (or motoring) today, so many of us have stories to tell about our experiences aboard Herreshoff boats and with Herreshoff people. Telling us your story is one way to participate in this year-long party, but we’ve also planned a great mix of events (both virtual and in-person), lectures and sailing events to get you in the Jubilee mood. Scroll down to see other ways to join the fun!

With Support From

The Herreshoff Marine Museum presents

The Golden Jubilee


‣ Golden Key (and commemorative fob) unlocking an all-access pass to every Golden Jubilee Event‣ Membership in the venerable Reliance Society

‣ Appear on the masthead of all Golden Jubilee event invitations

‣ Special VIP status: attendance at all Golden Jubilee events as an honored guest

‣ Outfitted in a limited-edition Golden Jubilee windbreaker & cap commemorating participation.

Herreshoff 50 Burgee

Herreshoff Stories

Do you have a photo, story, video, or personal history to share about your experience with the museum or Herreshoff boats? Send it to us using this simple submission form so we can share it with the Herreshoff community here on the Jubilee portal!

from Timothy Mansfield Cambridge, MA

from Greg Potter Exeter, RI

from David Burnham Fishers Island, N.Y.

The North Haven Casino has run “Foxeye” races for many years. In this photo, #11, skippered by Missy Janes with crew Jenny DuPont, chases #620, sailed by Steve (skipper) and Elvire Wolfram.

Written by Holly Ambler

These are just a few of more than 50 H12s sailing in the waters of Shelter Island, New York.

Written by By Whitney and Ted McCarthy

The racing in Quissett YC’s H12 fleet is always close.

Written by By Ted Burt, Alan Haigh and Douglas Cooper

Jubilee Events

In-Person events will be held in accordance with local and CDC guidelines regarding gathering or will have a virtual option.

Herreshoff Marine Museum Events

We are hosting these upcoming events, so join us! More will be added as we go!

Date: May 2, 2021

Event: HMM Opening Day

Location: Herreshoff Marine Museum


Date: May 15, 2021

Event: Frostbite Bash: Defrosted

Location: HMM Campus & Waterfront

Tickets Available

Date: June 24, 2021

Event: NYYC One Design Celebration

Location: NYYC Harbour Court, Newport, RI

Tickets Available Soon

Date: August 12, 2021

Event: Watch Hill 15 Reception & Celebration

Location: Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

Tickets Available Soon

Date: August 27-29, 2021

Event: Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta & Rendezvous

Location: Herreshoff Marine Museum

NOR & Entry Form Coming Soon

Date: September 16-19, 2021

Event: Newport International Boat Show

Location: Newport, RI

Tickets Available Soon

Date: September 30, 2021

Event: HMM Golden Jubilee Gala

Location: Herreshoff Marine Museum

Tickets Available Soon

Date: November 18, 2021

Event: HMM Golden Jubilee Wrap-Up Dinner

Location: NYYC, New York, NY

Tickets Available Soon

Date: March 19, 2021

Event: America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction

Location: Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Herreshoff Community Events

We’ll be participating in these events hosted by others to celebrate our Jubilee, come along with us!

Date: July 25, 2021

Event: Herreshoff Reception

Location: Quissett YC, Falmouth, MA

Date: July 27, 2021

Event: Herreshoff 12 Fleet Reception

Location: Edgartown YC, Edgartown, MA

Date: July 30 & August 1, 2021

Event: Herreshoff 12 National Championship

Location: Beverly YC, Marion, MA

Date: August 7 & 8, 2021

Event: S Class Invitational Regatta

Location: Quissett YC, Falmouth, MA

Date: August 20, 2021

Event: Herreshoff 12 Fleet Reception

Location: Beverly YC, Marion, MA

Date: August 21, 2021

Event: Herreshoff 12 Fleet Reception

Location: Shelter Island YC, Shelter Island, NY

Date: TBD

Event: Bullseye Fleet Reception

Location: Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL

Date: TBD

Event: Bullseye Fleet Reception

Location: Fishers Island YC, Fisher’s Island, NY

Date: TBD

Event: Herreshoff 12/Nantucket Alerion Fleet Reception

Location: Great Harbor YC, Nantucket, MA

Date: TBD

Event: Herreshoff 12 Fleet Reception

Location: North Haven Casino, North Haven, ME

Date: TBD

Event: WLIS S Class Fleet Reception

Location: Larchmont YC, Larchmont, NY


Support HMM with an annual membership or join the Reliance Society for more exclusive benefits.

Reliance Project 2007

The Code Flag Lima Project

What started as a quarantine project to bring entertaining Herreshoff-related content to folks while they were stuck at home during the lockdown has evolved into an ongoing digital initiative through which we bring the museum to our audience in unique and compelling ways. And with other museums and collections increasing online access, we have new opportunities to add context to the stories we tell.

LIGHTNING (HMCo. #20), the United States Navy’s first torpedo boat in Newport waters, 1876. Sepia tone photograph. Workshop buildings in the background. Torpedo boat in the foreground. Portside View of boat.
Herreshoff Brothers and their Torpedo Boats: Bringing Innovation to the New Navy, Part Three
TMHH: “Beautiful Photographs of Famous Boats That Have Made Yachting History”
From the Vault: What About CONSUELO?
Joe Froggers