Lecture: “Reading the Glass” by Elliot Rappaport

Reading the Glass by Elliot Rappaport 9780593185056

Reading the Glass: A Captain’s View of Weather, Water, and Life on Ships What’s in a cloud? Did you know that water vapor is invisible and actually lighter than dry air? What separates a tropical storm from a winter blizzard? And what exactly is El Niño? Elliot Rappaport, a professional captain of traditional sailing ships, […]

Lecture: “The Steam Launch VAPOR” by Ed Louchard


Ed began boatbuilding at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in 1981. Upon graduation, he set up Point Hudson Boat Shop at the north end of Port Townsend, and commenced a lifelong path of restoring, building, designing, sailing, and generally messing about with boats. Ed kept the Point Hudson shop going until 2002, when […]

Lecture: “Golden Age of Newport Yachting” by Robert B. MacKay

Golden Age of Newport Yachting by Bob 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 […]

Lecture: “Journey To Apex Predator RELIANCE” by Sandy Lee

000_1610 RELIANCE Model – by Evelyn Ansel- Web

The third presentation in this series delves into the fascinating design journey of Capt. Nat and John Herreshoff as they developed the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s capabilities and processes. These developments eventually led to the construction of the most dominant America’s Cup boats of their time. Through their hard work and dedication, H.M.Co became capable of […]

Lecture: “Winds of Change: Mining Climate Clues from our Whaling Past” by C. Ummenhofer & T.D. Walker

The research team on a “field trip” to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which holds several hundred whaling logbooks in its archives. From left to right: Justin Buchli, Caroline Ummenhofer, Cali Pfleger, Sujata Murty, Abigail Field, and Timothy Walker. (Photo courtesy of New Bedford Whaling Museum)

Winds of change:  Mining climate clues from our whaling past by Caroline C. Ummenhofer1 and Timothy D. Walker2 1Department of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA; 2Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, USA Bringing together oceanographer Dr. Caroline Ummenhofer from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Dr. Timothy Walker, Professor […]