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The Current: News from Herreshoff Marine Museum

by Herreshoff Marine Museum 9 Nov 04:16 PST 10 November 2018
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 The Current
November 2018

Herreshoff 12½'s For Sale!

From time to time, generous owners donate their small yachts to us for use in our summer and after-school Sailing & Seamanship Programs. The past couple of years have seen a shift from exclusively vintage H12s to a mix of these and fiberglass boats which require less maintenance and are a bit more durable.

While we still use some vintage H12s in our programs, we have more than we can use or maintain. These boats are not part of the HMM collection , so we are offering four of them for sale. They range from ready-to-race to ready-to-restore.

Make one of these fine examples of HMCo. craftsmanship yours today. Click Here for details about these boats.
November 15: "Redd's Pond Boatworks: Story of the Dragon" by Doug Park

DRAGON is a near replica of the 1882 Herreshoff steam launch #94 recently donated to HMM and was built in 2017 by Redd's Pond Boatworks in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Featured in an article by Stan Grayson in Woodboat issue 261 there is nothing quite like it around today. Come for the historical design of this unique vessel and stay for the tale of how an original engine survived over a century to find its way back to sea again.

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
Reception begins at 6pm / Presentation begins at 7pm
Members: $10 / Non-Members: $18
Purchase tickets online or by calling 401-253-5000. 
December 11th, 2018: The Annual Carlton J Pinheiro Lecture. "The Herreshoff Brothers & Their Torpedo Boats: Bringing Innovation to the New Navy"
New Research & New Perspectives
by John Palmieri, Curator Emeritus

By the end of the Civil War the  US Navy had amassed over 450 ships and was one of the most technically advanced in the world. What followed was 25 years of neglect as the indebted nation looked to westward expansion and southern reconstruction. By 1885 only 39 ships remained and technical staffs had been decimated. It was into this environment that the Herreshoffs brought innovation that helped to create what at the time was called the "New Navy". 

This is the story of the first four torpedo boats the Herreshoff Brothers delivered to the US Navy and also of some that were not built. More than an exposure of the technologies they offered, it  explores the relationships between the Herreshoffs, key naval officials and the naval bureaucracy at large. Photo: CUSHING (HMCo. #152) Torpedo Boat in 1890

Tuesday, December 11th
Reception begins at 6pm / Presentation begins at 7pm
Members: $10 / Non-Members: $18
Purchase tickets online or by calling 401-253-5000. 
Holiday Prints and Cards

The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to order your holiday cards and gifts. These gorgeous images of beautiful, classic yachts make stunning and memorable gifts. Share the memory of summer sailing with those that mean the most to you. Photos from the 2018 and 2017 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regattas are available in glossy color prints, blank note cards, or digital images. 

Individual 8x10 Print: $12 e.
Individual 5x7 Print:: $4 e.  
Matted 8x10 Print: $28 e.  
Blank 5x7 Note Card: $4 e.   
Box of 8 Cards: $20 e.  
Digital: $13 e.

Photos from the race are be available for purchase here:
The Story of RESOLUTE, BB25

We recently received a generous donation from Jonathan and Margaret Harvey of Albany, New York.  RESOLUTE is a beautiful Buzzard's Bay 25 that will join our education fleet in the spring of 2019. We spoke with him to discuss how RESOLUTE came into his life.  Click Here to read the full interview. 

..."Conditions were RESOLUTE weather, flat, 10-13 knots of breeze and a light rain.  We used the #1 Doyle jib, took the lead early on and never relinquished it. No boat caught us, although it was a bit close at the finish.  With the board up on the reaching legs, RESOLUTE accelerated and seemed to be telling us to just "let her run".  I kept a light hand on the tiller and she loped along the following seas with very little commotion. It was a triangle course up to Newcomb's Ledge, then to the next mark, twice around, finish at the head of Marblehead Harbor.  It was a bit nerve wracking at the end, and sweet relief to get the gun with the whole fleet pounding on our back door (18 miles)."... Click here to read more.
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An important part of the museum's collection related to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and Herreshoff family are the original business and private correspondence, and other manuscript materials, originating with, or relating to, John Brown Herreshoff. 
These materials can be divided into four elements:
  • The largest collection of personal materials, and the subject of this Log, are the 41 envelopes each containing a letter or telegram John sent to his fiancée Sarah (Sadie) Kilton over the five months (May 5, 1870 to Oct. 3, 1870) immediately preceding their Oct. 7, 1870 wedding. The correspondence envelopes were individually numbered by Sadie in ink from 1 to 41. (Envelope #11 is empty.)  John dictated the letters to a secretary while traveling or to a family member when at home in Bristol. The scribe's initials are recorded. Many letters are difficult to read, and this Log is based on transcripts made by archivist Norene Rickson. [...]
  • Newspaper scrapbooks of news clippings covering John's business and sailboat racing activities over the years 1853 to 1890. 
  • Nineteen letters between John and his daughter Katherine Kilton Herreshoff over the six months from April- September 1885. 
  • In addition, the museum has a collection of miscellaneous business letters of John Brown Herreshoff received from various donors; this is being cataloged. 

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Fall/Winter Hours 

Museum/Store Hours:
Tues. - Sunday: 10am-5pm
(Closed Mondays)

The Museum, Store and Office will be closed on November 22nd, November 23rd, and December 23rd through January 2nd.

Administrative Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm 
Upcoming Events

November 15th
Lecture: Doug Park, "Redd's Pond Boatworks: Story of the Dragon"

November 22-23
Closed for Thanksgiving 

November 24th
Small Business Saturday

November 27th
Giving Tuesday

December 6th
Member, Volunteer & Donor Holiday Party. Perspective members or volunteers welcome. RSVP

December 11th
The Annual Carlton J Pinheiro Lecture. John Palmieri presents "The Herreshoff Brothers & Their Torpedo Boats"

January 17th
Lecture: "From 1 to 18,006: Highlights from the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Digitization Project at the MIT Museum" by Evelyn Ansel

February 9th
7th Annual Frostbite Bash

May 16th
Lecture: "Setting Sail In America: The Remarkable Story of Herreshoff S Class Sailboats." By Alan Silken, photography by Cory Silken

Giving Tuesday: November 27th, 2018

#GivingTuesday is the kick off of the charitable giving season. Since it began seven years ago, #GivingTuesday has become a global movement celebrating philanthropy. Learn More. Click Here to donate
Frostbite Bash 2019

Tickets for the 2019 Pella Frostbite Bash are available now! The best party of the winter will next be Saturday, February 9th. Early Bird Discounted tickets are available until January 15th. Don't wait! The last Bash sold out. Get your tickets now. Click Here!
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Here at HMM, we can offer your employees a custom program designed to inspire innovative thinking that is tailored to your industry and your business challenges. 

Our Business Advisory Team is made up of a broad range of current and retired executives, each with a unique ability to relate the history and success of HMCo. and its founders to challenges and opportunities facing today's companies.

Need Innovation? Come spend some time with us. Contact us today. 

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