About Us

In 1971, A. Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff and Rebecca Chase Herreshoff founded the Herreshoff Marine Museum to preserve and perpetuate the unique accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Today the campus encompasses a large museum facility, the old family homestead, six former company buildings, and a large portion of the company's waterfront.

As a result of more than fifty years of careful documentation, acquisition and restoration, the Museum boasts over sixty significant boats, ranging from the 8½' dinghy, NATHANAEL to the 75' DEFIANT, built in 1992 for the successful defense of the America's Cup.

Step aboard restored designs to experience the finely appointed interiors to gain an sense of what it is like to cruise aboard these historic boats or peruse the Nathanael Green Herreshoff Model room which holds a collection of of 500 models that are works of art themselves and a testimony to the genius of the Captain Nat's designs as a naval architect.

A changing number of exhibits illustrates important facets of the Herreshoff history. Besides the yachts and models, the Museum has catalogued and displayed hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia significant to the Herreshoff legacy.

THE HISTORY OF THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM

Capt. Nathanael Greene Herreshoff

THE HERRESHOFF FAMILY & LEGACY

In 1878, John Brown Herreshoff, a blind boatbuilder from Bristol, Rhode Island, who had been in business since 1863, went into partnership with his younger brother, Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, a naval architect and steam engineer. The name of their new firm was the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. The partnership was an immediate and lasting success. The same love of competition and technological innovation that had made J.B. and Nat almost unbeatable when as boys they raced sailboats together on Narragansett Bay brought them fame as builders of some of the world's fastest steam yachts and torpedo boats.

From the first, the Herreshoff Mfg. Co. was noted for the ingenuity and excellence of its designs, its construction methods, its manufacturing and business efficiency, and for its uncanny ability to create fast and stylish boats. Although the Herreshoff brothers never lost their love or mastery of steam engineering, it was as producers of outstanding racing and cruising sailboats up to 162 feet in overall length that the Company earned its most enduring fame.

Between 1893 and 1914, for the defense of the America's Cup, Captain Nat designed and built seven of the largest, most complex and powerful racing sloops the world has ever known. Of these, five were selected to sail as defenders, and all five were victorious. The firm also launched many hundreds of custom designs, both large and small, and a number of one-design classes (among them Herreshoff 12'1/2- and 15-Footers, S boats, and New York 30's, 40's, and 50's) that have never been bettered for all-around sailing excitement and pleasure.

John Brown Herreshoff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Robert D. Yaro, Chairman
  • Steve Kloeblen, Treasurer
  • Elisabeth Lavers, Secretary 

Robert A. Ayerle

Paul Burmeister

Nevin P. Carr

Dana Coste

Thomas J. Culora

Steve Eddleston

David Ford

Peter Gerard

Robert Girrier

Eric Hall

Halsey C. Herreshoff

Halsey C. Herreshoff II Geoffrey Hopper

Steve Kloeblen

Elisabeth Lavers

Lawrence Lavers

William H. Lynn Gina Macdonald

John "Jay" Picotte

Alison Ponder

Robert D. Yaro

ADVISORY BOARD

Talbot Baker Jr.

Geoffrey B. Davis

Mary L. Feeny 

Bill Lynn

President & Executive Director

Evelyn Ansel

Curator

Kirk Cusic

Education & Waterfront Director

Katherine Furtado

Director of Finance & Operations

Svetlana Cutler

Graphic Design & Marketing Associate

Norene Rickson

Registrar, Librarian and Archivist

Julia Turgeon

Visitor Experience & Store

Manager

Lucy Renauld

Bookkeeper

John J. Palmieri

Curator Emeritus

John Cobb

Facilities Manager

Dockmaster

(401) 328-5230 – VHF 72





CONTACT US

Call the Museum

+1 401 253 5000

General Inquiries

info@herreshoff.org

Private Tour Requests

tours@herreshoff.org


THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Gowrie Group

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PURE Insurance Company

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Pella

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From its founding, Pella has always been about providing innovative windows and doors that do more than frame the landscape — they make life easier with meaningful details that matter every day. Pella has a proud 85-year history of environmental stewardship and has been recognized for its energy efficiency leadership and sustainable business practices. From the company's founding, Pella has been a leader in technology and product innovation. In fact, they've been awarded more than 100 product and design patents. Products and features now commonplace throughout the window industry — like the tilt-wash double-hung window — were invented by Pella engineers.

Cisco

Sponsor

Nantucket Vineyard was the first arm of our business opening in the early 1980’s as a small project of the Long Family.  After a few years, Winery employees ended up falling in love with the wine and each other, and voila! – Cisco Brewers was born on the Hudson’s stovetop in 1995.  Whispers of a brewery floated on the Nantucket wind, catching the ear of a few people, including a Mr. Harman.  Using the previously tested and proven formula of starting a business from another business, Winery and Brewery employees enjoyed a few glasses / pints (respectively) together and hatched the idea for Triple Eight Distillery in 2000.   All three businesses are constantly evolving, and we now produce a wide variety of world-class wines, beers, and spirits.  Come out and enjoy our Nantucket haven- just prepare yourself in case your mind blows up from all the awesomeness.

Points East

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A unique cruising magazine celebrating the Down East coast Cruisers who come to the Gulf of Maine have a special fondness for the region's unique marine assets, from its skilled craftsmen to its quiet, secluded harbors to its pristine environment. Points East represents the Down East cruising culture. Points East celebrates it and gives it voice.

American Cruise Lines

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