At Home Activities

In this time of social distancing from friends and family, here are some maritime themed projects to keep you and your families entertained and engaged. Share your projects on social media with #HerreshoffFromHome and we might highlight your work on our website. Don’t forget to tag and follow us @herreshoff on Facebook and Instagram.

Rhode Island Clam Chowder 

There may be a thousand ways to make clam chowder, but try your hand at this Rhode Island style recipe. Even if you're not usually a fan, this version might surprise you...

Hitched Eyelet 

Another marlinspike seamanship themed project: reinforced eyelets! Useful, classy, and not as tedious as they look. A perfect project for kids or adults!

Rope Grommets 

A tutorial on making rope grommets

From Black and White to Color 

A coloring activity with historic photos of Herreshoff boats


Our kids activity this week is a step-by-step tutorial for tying eye splices with three strand rope. We've also included links to a few great video tutorials for extra assistance.

Online Puzzle: DEFENDER Launching 

Try this 100 piece digital puzzle! We hope it makes you take a closer look at the many details in this launch day photo from 1895.

Botanical illustration of a lemon by Franz Kohler, 1897

Fight Scurvy! Drink Lemonade! 

A Herreshoff-era recipe for lemonade and some complementary history of one of the deadliest diseases in maritime history

Blueprints and Cyanotypes at Home! 

Use the sun to make your own blueprints and cyanotypes

Keeping Cool Onboard 

A little bit about the international ice trade and refrigeration on HMCo. built boats - but most importantly, a simple ice cream recipe!

Fancy Knotwork 

Following up on our tutorial to tie your own bracelet, explore some other decorative knots that were a wildly popular way for sailors to pass the time onboard.

Paper Boats 

Build yourself a little double ender!

Putt Putt Boats 

How about we make a putt putt boat? It is a miniature steam boat you can make at home from things in the recycling bin. With some basic tools you will be on your way to being a steam boat engineer just Like Captain Nat.