HMM News

September 2, 2022

The annual Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta (HCYR) took place as usual on the final weekend of August with racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 26-28. The 2022 HCYR is part of the CYOA (Classic Yacht Owners Association) Classic Yachts Challenge Series and includes Vintage (pre-1950), Classic (1950-1980), Modern Classic and Spirit of Tradition (newer boats with designs evocative of classics). In addition, HCYR includes a Herreshoff S Class boats, a one- design class developed by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in 1919.

August 25, 2022

Long-time volunteer, docent, and friend of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Harris Gruber, passed away at the age of 88.

July 28, 2022

The annual Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta draws participants from around the world! Each year, a mix of gorgeous big boats and one-designs gathers for a weekend of exciting racing on scenic courses on the bay and terrific social events.

June 29, 2022

Free water bottle with purchase of both Parade Viewing Tickets and Summer Jazz Tickets

The Current

Winter 2017 /2018 2019 – 2017 in review, updates on the collection, the STEAM program, and winter lectures.

Upcoming Events


Lecture: "Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade" by Christian McBurney In-Person & Virtually: October 6, 2022Christian McBurney will be speaking on his new book, Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade. The book is a fascinating microhistory of a Rhode Island privateer, owned by John Brown of Providence and manned mostly by Rhode Island officers and sailors, that during the Revolutionary War sailed to the coast of Africa and attacked a British slave trading post and British slave ships. At the time of the War of Independence, Britain dominated the worldwide slave trade. The book further details for the first time other American privateers capturing numerous British slave ships just before they reached their destinations in the Caribbean, with the consequence of seriously disrupting and virtually halting the British slave trade. Yet the privateers had their own selfish motives.This is Christian McBurney’s sixth book on the American Revolutionary War and eighth on Rhode Island (including co-authoring two books on Word War II Rhode Island). He is the founder and publisher of Rhode Island’s leading history blog at He is an independent historian residing in Kensington, Maryland, and West Kingston, Rhode Island.Lecture begins at 7pm, EasternIn-Person Reception begins at 6pmPurchase tickets at Virtual Tickets: Members: $10, Non-Members: $15In-Person Tickets: Members: $15, Non-Members: $20 ... See MoreSee Less
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The Cup contender WEETAMOE (HMCo. #1147) was contracted for 93 years ago this week. In this photo taken by Tom Brightman, WEETAMOE runs before the wind. This was one of the late-stage HMCo. boats to be designed by an outside firm, something that only started happening towards the end of Captain Nat's life. WEETAMOE was designed by Clinton Crane & managed by George Nichols. Ultimately, ENTERPRISE (HMCo. #1146) - also designed by an outside firm but built at HMCo. - was chosen to defend the Cup in 1930.

📸 Tom Brightman, HMM Archive

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ELECTRA (HMCo. #582) under way off the HMCo. waterfront, possibly during trials in the late spring of 1902, with Captain Nat visible at the helm. ELECTRA was intended for the shallow waters of the Great South Bay on Long Island. The boat's most curious feature is its open cabin sides: the white rectangle visible in this photo is a canvas drop-curtain. There is a curved oak panel at the forward end of the house that extends about 3' back, but the remainder of the house is totally open on the sides and supported by a series of elegantly turned posts. ELECTRA was built for H.O. Havemeyer, a repeat customer and one of the only regulars from the Great South Bay.

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