Herreshoff History

We take a look at what was happening “on this day” in history at HMCo., largely through the lens of local newspaper accounts from Bristol, RI. Posts range from the 1860s through the 1940s, spanning the Herreshoff brothers earliest boatbuilding endeavors and through HMCo.’s closure in 1945.

This Week in Herreshoff History: June 25 

Oyster pirates, more Cup defense training, Fourth of July races, baseball in Bristol, and a switch to a "reduced" schedule in a "dull" season

This Week in Herreshoff History: June 18 

Start of summer, a new propeller and some Providence industrial waterfront history, a gang of plumbers arrives in Bristol, trial runs and layoffs

This Week in Herreshoff History: June 11 

Skulkers around town, a once famous photographer (now forgotten) comes to Bristol, another's attempt to capture a nighttime launch ends in an unexpected tragedy, and trials two decades later

This Week in Herreshoff History: May 28 

News this week from 1873 to 1920! Guano speculation and more hot topics in fertilizer news, a prescient note about HMCo. steam power, torpedo boats, a dismasting and two steel masts.

This Week in Herreshoff History: May 21 

Launching season continues, spotlight on a related artifact, a somber auction, a happier occasion a year later, and repairs at HMCo.'s Walkers Cove facility and marine rail

This Week in Herreshoff History: May 18 

Steam engines that powered the plant, and a whole parade of boats belonging to a [human] Plant

This Week in Herreshoff History: May 14 

Two appearances from COLONIA (HMCo. #435), a little showboating from Captain Nat, and a racing proto-scow for the Midwestern scene

This Week in Herreshoff History: May 11 

Town Council duties and poorly placed gas street lamps, rumors of yachts and Cup Defenders, and the surprising cost of aluminum

This Week in Herreshoff History: May 7 

CONSTITUTION (HMCo. #551) launching, a delivery of timber from the west coast, and the launching of PETREL (HMCo. #510)

This Week in Herreshoff History: May 4 

Three distinct eras in the history of HMCo.: Herreshoff and Stone advertisements in the Bristol Phoenix, news of 1,720 tubes in Torpedo Boat #6, and a new skipper for the groundbreaking yacht GLORIANA

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 30 

Boiler inspections, a very fast steam yacht, summer boarding homes, false accusations, and a cheer-up bundle

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 27 

Launches in poor weather, reports of life-on-hold due to unpredictable international upheaval, and the delivery of one of a favorite class

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