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: 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

This Week in Herreshoff History: July 9 

A letter from Dexter Stone, a float in the Fourth of July parade, a gathering of three of the fastest sloop yachts in the world, and a Rudder article

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