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: September 24 

A devastating hurricane makes landfall in Rhode Island and HMCo. prepares for winter at Walker's Cove

This Week in Herreshoff History: September 17 

Back to work again, three little launches for one large yacht, firefighting in 1917, and a clambake of note

This Week in Herreshoff History: September 10 

A steam launch sighting from a Rocky Point correspondent, an aside on HMCo. numbers, a little labor history, a family obituary, a public bath house, HMCo. apprenticeships, and a Cup Defender remembered...

This Week in Herreshoff History: September 3 

HMCo. entertains important guests, notice of a lawsuit after a slippery launch, Lipton on the verge of losing again, and the kids head back to college

This Week in Herreshoff History: August 27 

Catamarans, steam yachts, an eagle hunt, triumphs and travails of a Cup Defender, some wonderful tugboat photos, and a flag raising

This Week in Herreshoff History: August 20 

The dog days of summer (and the HMCo. summer holiday!) mean less to report out of the shops, but this week we have two contracts of note and a small fire to put out

Curator’s Log: The 100th Anniversary of RESOLUTE’s Defense and the 13th Challenge (Part I) 

Part One: Forming the Syndicates. Originally published in the HMM Curator's Log, September, 2015

This Week in Herreshoff History: August 13 

A delivery by rail, repairs and launchings, a summer vacation, the company band serenades the boss, and an excursion to Rocky Point

Image of man in an old fashioned swimsuit aquaplaning behind a small powerboat

This Week in Herreshoff History: August 6 

A Sakonnet clambake, aquaplaning antics, a public housing proposal, swimming in Bristol and a different Captain Herreshoff

This Week in Herreshoff History: July 30 

A cross country delivery the long way around, HMCo. issues a challenge, a settlement is reached, an electric launch is delivered, and a new superintendent is appointed

Photo of John Brown Herreshoff's obituary from the Bristol Phoenix, July 20 1915.

This Week in Herreshoff History: July 23 

An early launching, an attack of rheumatism, repairs for SPALPEEN, the anniversary of J.B.H.'s death and wartime hysteria

This Week in Herreshoff History: July 16 

Another letter from Dexter Stone, reports of Herreshoff success in several 4th of July Regattas, a visit from a torpedo expert, injuries, a commissioning, preparations for war and a resignation