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May 19, 2022

The America’s Cup Hall of Fame to Induct Larry Ellison, Dirk Kramers, and Dawn Riley as the class of 2022.

November 4, 2021

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September 30, 2021

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The L-Boat SHIMNA (HMCo. #694) was launched on this day in 1910. The Boston Globe reported the following on May 29: "Bristol Notes. ... The Shima [sic], Commodore Morton F. Plant's racing sloop of the 48-foot class, which was launched at Herreshoff's last Tuesday morning, has been in the hands of the riggers ever since and will be ready the first of the week for a spin under sail. The Shima is an odd looking sloop with her topsides in olive green. The owner, Mr Plant, found another boat of the same dimensions abroad which took his fancy, and gave his Herreshoff sloop the same name. Shima will sail in the class with the Avenger, Humma, Altair and others. ..." It's wonderful to get the occasional suggestions of color in a note like this - as a wise yachting historian once remarked, "It's awfully hard to do paint color research from black and white photos..." 📸 HMM Photo Archive#SHIMNA #LBoat #HMCo #Herreshoff #Yacht #AntiqueBoat #ClassicYacht #WoodenBoat #CompositeConstruction #GaffRig #Cutter #1910 ... See MoreSee Less
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The L-Boat SHIMNA (HMCo. #694) was launched on this day in 1910. The Boston Globe reported the following on May 29: "Bristol Notes. ... The Shima [sic], Commodore Morton F. Plant's racing sloop of the 48-foot class, which was launched at Herreshoff's last Tuesday morning, has been in the hands of the riggers ever since and will be ready the first of the week for a spin under sail. The Shima is an odd looking sloop with her topsides in olive green. The owner, Mr Plant, found another boat of the same dimensions abroad which took his fancy, and gave his Herreshoff sloop the same name. Shima will sail in the class with the Avenger, Humma, Altair and others. ..." It's wonderful to get the occasional suggestions of color in a note like this - as a wise yachting historian once remarked, "It's awfully hard to do paint color research from black and white photos..."

📸 HMM Photo Archive

#SHIMNA #LBoat #HMCo #Herreshoff #Yacht #AntiqueBoat #ClassicYacht #WoodenBoat #CompositeConstruction #GaffRig #Cutter #1910
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Ever wonder how a new design made its way from Captain Nat's brain to the water? Follow the Herreshoff History link in bio to read the tale of one particular cruising cutter, ATHENE (HMCo. #520) of 1899...

📸 Nathaniel Stebbins courtesy Historic New England (ID No. GUSN-279744)

#CruisingCutter #KeelCenterboarder #Herreshoff #HMCo #CaptainNat #DesignProcess #AntiquePhoto #HistoricYacht #CompositeConstruction #GoldenAgeOfYachting #GildedAgeYachts
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Following up on our BIRD (HMCo. #407) post from a few days ago: ACIS (HMCo. #441) was launched on this day in 1894. ACIS was built to the same model as BIRD - along with #410 MAB of 1891, #432 VIOLA of 1893 and the later #675 CAPRICE of 1907. However, ACIS was 18' on the waterline. How, you say, when it is the same model? By increasing the frame spacing of BIRD's original molds from 12" to 12 1/2", as noted on ACIS' construction drawing! This practice of adjusting mold/frame spacing to produce smaller and larger vessels from the same offsets/model was not at all uncommon in the HMCo. design department. In other cases, the offsets themselves might also be scaled to produce a hull that was scaled differently in profile vs. plan view from the original model without going through all the work of carving a new one.

📸 plan courtesy of the extraordinary Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Collection, MIT Museum (ID No. HH.5.05423)

#HMCo #Herreshoff #Catboat #RacingCatboat #TraditionallyBuilt #WoodenBoats #ClassicYachts #Drafting #ConstructionPlans #Lofting #MoldLoft #TableOfOffsets #HalfModels #NavalArchitecture #TrustTheProcess
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The little catboat BIRD (HMCo. #407) (16' LWL) went overboard for the first time on this day in 1890. Rudder Magazine quoted the Boston Globe in March of the following year: "The Herreshoffs have had a very busy winter, and at present employ 105 men, and have $115,000 worth of contracts on hand, outside of projected government work. ... A 16-foot cat-boat has been built for a Boston gentleman, and another for a New York gentleman. These boats are mates of the cat-boat Bird, which the Herreshoffs built last year and sent out to lake Minnetonka. The Bird was a very fast cat, and she beat everything on the lake, even boats in classes above her. She won eight races of ten, and in the other two she had disabling accidents while in the lead. Wilson & Silsby, of Boston, are now making her a suit of sails for a new jib and main sail rig..."

📸 from Yachts & Yachtsmen of America, published 1894, courtesy the Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné

#Herreshoff #RacingCatboat #Catboat #LakeMinnetonka #HMCo #RudderMagazine #HMCo #Engraving #GaffRig
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Follow the "Herreshoff History" link in bio to read Roger C. Taylor's wonderful chapter from "More Good Boats" on the iconic Herreshoff 15 footers. 92 of these wonderful little yachts were built between 1899 and 1928, and quite a few are still with us today. Taylor's essay covers aspects of the history of the design as well as his memories of cruising in one with a friend when they were both teens. It manages to convey with wit and humor the joy of sailing a 15 if you've never had the chance yourself, and the thrill of being a teenager with a bit of freedom on the water...

📸 Two views of the Herreshoff 15 model currently on display in the N.G.H. Model Room at HMM

#Herreshoff #Herreshoff15 #WatchHill15 #BuzzardsBay15 #Newport15 #HMCo #WoodenBoats #HalfModel #ClassicYachts #GaffRig #MarconiRig #CenterBoarder #MoreGoodBoats
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OISEAU (HMCo. #512) was launched 123 years and just a few days ago, on May 6, 1899. The Boston Globe reported on May 21, 1899: "Hauled out last week on the Herreshoff railway at Walker's cove, Bristol, was the 25-footer Oiseau, which later will be sailed at the western end of Long Island. It is generally believed that in her general lines, particularly at the bow and in the sweep of the stem from deck to keel, she closely resembles Columbia... She is an extremely well-turned and fine-lined craft, and promises speed even under the moderate knockabout rig she carries. Her outside skin is of mahogany and she is finished bright above the waterline." The boat was last reported in the 1923 edition of Lloyd's but her final disposition is unknown.

📸 H.B. Greene, ca. 1911; HMM archive

#AntiquePhoto #HMCo #Herreshoff #Oiseau #CaptainNat #GaffRig #AntiqueYacht #GoldenAgeOfYachting
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