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Dear Members and Supporters, 
Did you know that...
  • Of the 15 known boats in Rhode Island built before 1900 and still in existence, eight are Herreshoffs, and every one of these is on display at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, including the oldest known pleasure yacht in the US?
  • General Ambrose Burnside manufactured firearms for the Union army during the Civil War in a building later used by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and now part of the Museum's campus?
  • The first catamaran to be built and raced in the U.S. was built and patented by Captain Nat Herreshoff in 1875? A 1933 replica built under the guidance of Capt. Nat is on display at the Museum.
  • The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company was a leader in the American Industrial Revolution, a source of many manufacturing innovations and believed to have been visited by Henry Ford before he set up his first plant in Dearborn, Michigan?
  • The 40 foot hull fuselage and pontoons for the NC4, the first airplane to successfully cross the Atlantic, were built by HMCo?
It is critical that we continue to preserve and interpret this invaluable cultural heritage, and we can only do that with your help!
Your support and the support of others like you have enabled a genuine renaissance at the Museum. Some of the activities of the past year are pictured on the enclosed collage. Here are a few additional highlights of exciting developments that you and your fellow contributors have made possible:  
  • Your contributions have enabled us to field an extraordinary sailing school, which showed 25% growth over 2013, our previous record year. Both students and parents have given the school rave reviews, and we expect another year of growth in 2015.
  • Thanks to a generous grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, the history wall at the entrance to the Museum will be completely re-imagined and updated this winter.
  • Over 100 contributors enabled us to successfully meet an anonymous $100,000 matching grant challenge this summer, supporting both our educational efforts and our operating needs.
  • Our project to build a 1/6 scale model of the RELIANCE, the largest ever America's Cup defender, continues to amaze. The hull, spars and deck fittings are almost complete; rigging, sails, and crew uniforms remain to be done. Our volunteer team is targeting July 4, 2015 for completion.
  • The design and engineering process is almost complete for a renovation of the General Burnside Building enabled by $1.5 million in grant funds. We hope to have a new roof and restored cupola in place before this winter, and restored siding and windows in the spring. Funds for the design and engineering were contributed at our winter party, the Frost Biter's Bash.
  • The Herreshoff 12� BULLDOG was restored by the Ballentine Boat Shop, and the restoration of ARIA, a Buzzards Bay 25, was completed by a group of interested contributors led by Andy Giblin. Both restorations were in honor of the 100th anniversary of their respective classes.
  • Our Marina has become a significant regional destination, and our seasonal dockage was completely sold out this year.
  • We received a donation of ANKLE DEEP, a Class B Frostbite Dinghy that had been in the same family since it was built in 1934. She is in remarkable, original condition.
  • IYRS, the yacht restoration school in Newport, has transferred much of its America's Cup collection from the Museum of Yachting to HMM, greatly expanding our already significant collection.

Every one of these achievements was made possible by contributions from generous donors like you. That is the only way we can continue to provide the kind of programming, exhibits and stewardship that you expect.


But much remains to be done. Our iconic flagpole was discovered to have suffered severe rot and must be replaced at a cost of close to $30,000. We have a serious overhang of deferred maintenance on our historic buildings that must be attended to so they do not suffer the fate of the flagpole. The new acquisitions to our collections have to be catalogued and properly housed. And much, much more.


Our goal for this year-end appeal is to raise $100,000 by December 31. Please help us achieve that goal.


Your gift will help support our mission to preserve and present the genius of yacht design, engineering, technology and manufacturing represented by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. and its founders as leaders in the industrial revolution in America.


We ask and thank you for your generous support. 




Dyer Jones
Chief Executive Officer
Elisabeth Lavers

Director of Development


Classic Yacht Symposium Celebrates Centennials
BULLDOG - newly restored H12.5
Happy Birthday!
The 6th Classic Yacht  Symposium honored the centennial year of three Herreshoff designs: Herreshoff 12�, Buzzards Bay 25, & Newport 29. The Classic Yacht Symposium celebrates classic yacht design, restoration, reproduction, and maintenance.

New Restorations
The Herreshoff 12�  Bulldog and the Buzzards Bay 25 Aria were both restored in honor of the 100th anniversary of their respective classes.

Frost Biters Bash - Feb 7th, 2015
"Jaw Dropping" Events & Rentals
Our Weddings and Event Rentals have welcomed all types of celebrations to the Museum. Each new event is an opportunity to re-imagine the possibilities that this magnificent venue has to offer. Recent reviews have called our waterfront "jaw dropping."  
Centennial Gala
Our Centennial Gala raised funds towards an anonymous $100,000 challenge, supporting our educational efforts and our operating needs.

Frost Biter's Bash
Ankle Deep, a newly acquired Class B Frostbite Dinghy, was unveiled at the second annual Frost Biters Bash. The Bash celebrates our history and the sport of sailing. It is supported by local caterers and vendors and transforms the whole museum into a captivating environment. 
Youth & Adult Sailing Programs!
Summer of 2014 showed a 25% growth in our Youth Sailing Program over our previous record year. The extraordinary program received rave reviews from both students and parents. Adult Sailing Lessons and rentals kept our instructors busy and our boats in continued use. We expect another year of growth in 2015.

The RELIANCE Project

The Volunteers from The Reliance Project have done amazing work on the model and have even created a diorama of original sized parts.


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