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: 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

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 23 

Spring commissioning brings much activity to the Bristol waterfront, a torpedo boat is overhauled, and a lady shows her heels

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 20 

Safety coil boilers, tasty joinerwork, launchings, postponements, and - finally - something worth celebrating

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 16 

The largest fin keelers HMCo. ever built, enormous wealth and enormous yachts, and a sad performance abroad

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 13 

A factory tour, a launching and a buy-back, and a very successful trial run

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 9 

RELIANCE launched to great fanfare and a class begins a 23 year evolution

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 6 

A little mongrel craft, cruising in France, a new foundry and architectural drawings

This Week in Herreshoff History: April 2 

A poem for DEFENDER and a firefighting brigade

This Week in Herreshoff History: March 30 

Pogies, spar deliveries for NY70s, and Captain Nat's own throwback column!