I visited the Museum today with my brother Joe. One marvels at the beauty of these vessels. The hardware was all built on-site as were the steam engines. After providing service to our country in World War II from construction of PT Boats and Minesweepers, the company went out of business but the boats remain treasured possessions, regularly sailed in the Northeastern US and elsewhere. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of Nathaniel Herreshoff’s fabled S Boat and there will be great celebrations of this boat, one of the finest sailing vessels ever made. I hope to have the opportunity to crew on some races during the celebration. The featured image is the beautiful vessel named Wee Winn, built before 1900. It has a bronze rudder and keel. Remarkable is the scale model of the Reliance, an America’s Cup winner built in the Herreshoff yard. The scale model was built in the museum by dedicated volunteers.
A replica of the America’s Cup
A collection of rigging hardware all made on-site
From the bow sprit of the replice of Reliance, an America’s Cup boat built at the Herreshoff Yard. The replica was built exactly to scale by a group of volunteers in a wood shop on the premises.
The centerboard housing on a beautiful vessel.
This is the to-scale replica of the Reliance built by volunteers on the premises.
This is a GI Joe. His size is apparently to scale for the rest of Reliance.
A beautiful kayak.
Anotehr shot of the kayak.
Beautiful lapstrake hull.
Test hull for Rainbow.
Cross section of the spar of the Reliance.
Ted Tuner’s victory cigar.
The tiller in the cockpit of this beamy beauty.
The stern of the beautiful Wee Winn, built before 1900. She has a bronze rudder and a bronze fine entry keel.
Uniforms worn by the Yankee’s crew. To the left is a removed portion of Courageous’ bow, replaced with a more blunt entry.