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Summer 2017
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Member Benefit: Charter the schooner EROS!

The Museum has two very special ladies at the docks this summer, one of which is the 115' staysail schooner EROS. She was built in England in 1939, and was immediately commandeered by the British Navy for the war effort. She is believed to have participated in the evacuation of Dunkirk. From 1945 until the 70s, she was the private yacht of Greek shipping billionaire Stavros Niarchos, who restored her after the ravages of wartime. EROS recently underwent a massive plank-off restoration and is once again in pristine condition. She's in New England for the summer and will be at the Herreshoff Museum docks on and off until October.

EROS will donate 10% of the charter fee to the museum for any charter resulting from this email (summer 2017 and the coming winter season in the Caribbean). In addition, all extras including food, beverages and fuel - normally an additional cost - will be included in the charter fee for museum members.  
Be sure to mention "Herreshoff" when booking. 

Click here to watch a video about EROS Charter Cruises. 

Museum members will have a variety of ways to enjoy EROS; either at our docks, or on the waters of New England.
For more information about EROS, contact the Museum at 
401-396-5845 or by email
Ahead of His Time: Sailing World's Story on AMARYLLIS

During the break between the two weekends of racing at the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda, Sailing World ran a nice article by our friend Joe Berkeley about Captain Nat's catamaran AMARYLLIS (1876) and our replica AMARYLLIS II (1933) on  Joe wrote the article and spent a day at the museum shooting pics as a team of staff and volunteers rigged her up outside the museum. We're not planning on taking her sailing anytime soon, but she looked like she could still do 20 knots!

Click here to read the article, and click here to see more pics of the rigging project.
Gowrie Group joins HMM as 2017 Sponsor!

We would like to thank our friends at Gowrie Group for their continued support as a 2017 Annual Sponsor.

Individuals and businesses whose protection cannot be compromised require a different approach to risk management. At Gowrie, their unique history has afforded them a deep understanding of complex risks, and they offer some of the most comprehensive, cost-effective insurance, employee benefits, and financial services solutions available today.

We can attest to the fact that, when you work with Gowrie, you'll see how committed they are to keeping communication simple, providing expert advice, and delivering the creative and customized solutions you need - an approach that has instilled a sense of calm and confidence in their customers since 1974.

Gowrie Group helped HMM, and the 150+ dedicated professionals in their primary offices in Westbrook CT, Darien CT, Marshfield MA, North Kingstown RI, and Newport RI stand ready to help you.

Doug Peterson
Doug Peterson, 1980s
San Diego Yacht Club
Remembering Doug Peterson 

We're gutted to learn of the passing of Doug Peterson this June. Aside from being one of our Class of 2017 inductees into the America's Cup Hall of Fame, he was an incredibly talented yacht designer who produced a winning portfolio of iconic yachts and mentored a number of today's most prolific designers. 

The thoughts and prayers of all of us here at the Herreshoff Marine Museum are with Doug's family and friends, and we hope we can do his legacy justice at the AC Hall of Fame Induction Gala on board the USS Midway in October. 

Wherever he is now, we imagine there's a steady sea breeze and he's on the lifted tack.

Read his obituary in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Inaugural Designer Series Rendezvous:  A Unique Kind of Yachting Event

We were thrilled to be the host venue for the inaugural Designer Series Rendezvous honoring renowned yachtsman, sailmaker and naval architect, Ted Hood. 

Yachts designed by Mr. Hood along with their owners, friends, and the public were invited to participate in a three-day celebration showcasing his enormous contribution to the sailing world. The event kicked off with an "Open Boat" Dock party surrounded by Ted Hood designs including his flagship America's Cup 12-meter, Nefertiti. The Hood family brought "Robin," Ted Hood's first boat built in 1959.  

On Saturday, the sailboats competed in a pursuit race around Prudence Island while the powerboats were invited to compete in a Predicted Log race or raft up in Potter's Cove. That evening, there was a clambake under the tent, and the event wrapped up on Sunday with the Designer Series Parade of Boats. 

To learn more about the event and to see pictures from the weekend, visit
Tilly XV is in the House!

One of our favorite non-HMCo. boats, the Sonderklasse yacht TILLY XV, is visiting the museum for the next few weeks. 

Built in 1912 for Prince Heinrich von Preussen, brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia, her design is based on BIBELOT (HMCo #699 - 1910). She'll be in the Hall of Boats until August 8th, so come on down and check her out.  She'll be sailing in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge in August, but this is a great chance to get up close and personal with this incredibly unique design!
Waterfront Updates

We have recently completed the first of many new features coming to our waterfront. With the help of Bristol landscape architect Gary Watros, The Museum waterfront now features a beautiful garden structure. The plants are still budding, but it will be full of beautiful flowers and greenery soon, and will provide a much-improved entry area for your event at the museum.

Click here to learn more about how to hold your wedding or event at the museum! 
Lecture: "Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship" presented by Paul Ferrell, author and illustrator

Reception begins at 6pm
Lecture begins at 7pm
Purchase tickets online or by phone: 401-253-5000. 

In TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED, architect Paul Farrell- tugboat enthusiast and masterful artist-brings his passion to a volume that details every aspect of tugs and their work, from the little boom boats that corral riverborne logs near sawmills to the massive ocean salvage vessels that are often as big as the ships they tow.

More info on the lecture here.
New Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program

The Herreshoff Marine Museum, in partnership with RIMTA, has created a new Summer Boatbuilding Program for youth between ages 14-16 who want to learn more about the marine trades. 

The six-week program incorporates work experiences, career exploration, sailing instruction, leadership development, adult mentoring, basic skills development and job readiness services. Participants gain basic, academic and employment skills, earn their diploma and gain paid work experience, and receive a certificate of completion from RIMTA and HMM, all while learning to build Westport skiffs and from master shipwright Dan Shea on the historic Herreshoff campus. Participants will receive a weekly $100 stipend.  

This summer's program is at capacity and underway, however, we will be running a second Boatbuilding Program in the Fall with RIMTA. If you have any questions,  contact HMM Director of Education Kirk Cusic at (401) 396-5834 or
Spring/Summer Appeal

We're wrapping up our Spring/Summer 2017 Appeal, and we could really use your help.  We're close to our goal, and while we'd hoped to wrap it up by the end of June, we want to see if we can get there.

Here's what our friends have been saying about why they support the museum:

"I have been pleased to provide support to HMM for several years and plan to continue for the satisfaction your organization provides to those of us who cruise the waters of the bay and enjoy the literature that keeps us updated with your progress in many areas.  My first contact was at the museum dock with a group of Nordhavn boat owners, and each year after that on my boat with family and friends.  The helpful and friendly staff at the dock and the museum have helped make our annual visit a highpoint. I am impressed to learn of what the museum contributes to all mariners."

"I support HMM because, as a former owner of Herreshoff yachts, I admire the work the Museum is doing to preserve the history of this remarkable family and the workmanship of the Herreshoff Mfg.Co. I am particularly struck by the relevance of the manufacturing problems met and solved by the Herreshoffs to the challenges faced by manufacturers today. There is much to be learned from studying their approach."

Please consider a donation of any size - every little bit helps us continue to improve on the product we deliver to visitors, members, classic yacht enthusiasts, students, kids in the education program and the Bristol community in general.

Click here to donate now!
Summer Adult Sailing

We are just getting into the best part of summer. Don't let the it go by without getting out on the water! 

Evenings are a great time for a sail on Bristol Harbor. Get out of the house and come join us for a cool evening sail on the bay in a classic wooden Herreshoff 12 1/2. There is no better way to unwind! 

Sailing opportunities include women's evening sailing followed by a glass of wine onshore, learn to sail classes and Family & Friends Sail.

For more information, or to schedule an evening of sailing,  click here  and select "Adult Classes" or contact Kirk Cusic at .
Curator's Log:
"Herreshoff and US Naval Torpedo Station Newport: Developing the Torpedo Boat as a Weapon"
In Memory of Richard V. Simpson
October 31, 1935 - July 4, 2017
Bristol Author & Historian

Goat Island and the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station (2016) is the most recent and last book authored by Bristol historian and good friend of the museum, Richard Simpson. It covers a century of the station's history from its founding in 1869. Richard's book is based upon 30 years of personal research and collecting of materials about the station, his prior book, Building the Mosquito Fleet: U.S. Navy's First Torpedo Boats (2001) and official Navy histories of the station. 

One of the most active periods at the Torpedo Station was from 1890 to 1897 when the U.S. Navy's only two torpedo boats, both built by Herreshoff, were testing the first automobile torpedoes and developing tactics for their employment. This paper is a summary of what transpired in those years.

Click here to
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Upcoming Events

August 17th
Lecture: "Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship" presented by Paul Ferrell

August 24th-27th
Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta & Rendezvous

September 21st
Lecture: "The Halifax Explosion" presented by Greg Banner

October 5th
Transient Dockage and Mooring at HMM this Summer
Visit us this summer with Dockwa. All transient dockage and mooring reservations are now scheduled through Click the logo above to book your visit now. 
Congratulations to
Emirates Team New Zealand  

Congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand for winning the 35th America's Cup! The Museum streamed the final three days of racing on the big screen in the Hall of Boats, and local fans and staff gathered together to root on their favorite team. It truly was an exciting AC Series. We are looking forward to see what our Kiwi friends have in store for 2021! 
Looking for a Weekend Getaway in Bristol?

Rent the Peacock Alley House on the shore of beautiful Narragansett Bay!

We still have a few open weekends this year, and in order to fill them up, we've reduced the minimum stay to 3 nights.  Click here to visit the PAH site, and click one of these links to check availability and reserve on Airbnb or VRBO.
Volunteer Spotlight: Gary Watros

In this installment of our Volunteer Spotlight, we interviewed Gary Watros. Gary has been a member of the Museum for 20 years and has been a volunteer for the past two years. He has worked hard to redesign and upgrade the waterfront gardens and landscaping. 

Before retiring to Bristol, Gary worked for NASA at Mission Control in Houston.  Read more... Click Here.
Another Awesome Wharf Sale!
We'll admit it - we thought the Wharf Sale was on its way out, but over the past three years, it's gotten bigger and better than ever! We raised over $5,000 this year which will help fund daily operations of the Museum, and we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated and stopped by to check out the sale!
Get Hitched at HMM!
This year, in addition to the Designer Series Rendezvous, we've been the host venue for the Bristol Community String Project fundraiser, an Easter Seals fundraiser, the Governor's Workforce Board Annual Meeting and four spectacular weddings!

For more information on how to hold an event at the museum, contact Elsie Seber at

And be sure and visit the Weddings at Herreshoff Facebook page to see great pics from other weddings!

Two weeks ago, we hosted a group of students from IN-SIGHT, a RI organization that aims to empower people who are visually impaired. During their visit, the students learned about John Brown Herreshoff and how he overcame his blindness to become a successful boatbuilder. To see photos of the visit, click here

If you're interested in learning more about our school field trips or other education programs, please contact our Education Director Kirk Cusic at
In Memory of Richard V. Simpson

The Museum is saddened by the loss of local historian, Richard V. Simpson. His books have been a staple in our Museum Store and are always a fan favorite.  Click here to read his obituary. 

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. 
An Update from the HMM Steam Team

Latest News:  Footage Of Our Running Steam Engine"

Everything started off a bit slow; they couldn't quite get things moving for a bit, and a burst steam line left everyone shaky...  But nevertheless, Don made it happen!

Read more on the blog!

Footage Of Our Running Steam Engine
Footage Of Our Running Steam Engine

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