The Current
December 2016/January 2017
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From the Executive Director

We've arrived at the end of another great year for HMM.  The waterfront is put to bed, but the fun's just starting inside the museum as we have a few exhibit projects that will kick into a higher gear now that the doors are closed for four months.  You might even be able to see some progress on a couple of them if you come to the Frostbite Bash on February 11th!

The museum is closed for a while, but the staff is still hard at work Monday thru Friday every week.  That means we're here if you want to stop by for a visit, and we're happy to open things up for you if you give us a bit of advanced notice.  It also means that we're here to help if you'd like to host a company event or offsite at the museum during the winter months.  The HMM Lecture Series will also continue through the winter months with a terrific lineup of speakers.

2017 promises to be a transformative year for HMM.  For the past several months, we've been working on a concept that has the potential to significantly increase our exhibit/event space while also providing a suitably spectacular permanent home for the 1/6th-scale RELIANCE model.  You'll be hearing more about this as we put the finishing touches on the plans.  In the meantime, on behalf of the staff and directors of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, I wish you a safe, happy and healthy new year!

Sail fast,

New & Ongoing Restoration Projects

In 2017, we'll be adding a feature to The Current wherein we will highlight Herreshoff restoration projects.   We're aware of a few major projects going on right now, so we'll start with those, but we want to hear about all of them - sail or power - so please let us know about any you know of.   With the number of boats still sailing and the fact that they occasionally require significant investments of time and money to keep them that way, we're sure we'll have plenty of great content for your reading pleasure.
In April, we outlined a pretty ambitious plan for 2016 with a rather daunting list of things we wanted to get done. While it would probably be considered poetic license to insinuate that we checked all the boxes, the reality is that, thanks to your support, we've made incredible progress toward becoming a more robust, creative and agile museum.

It's still a museum that needs your help, though, and even more than ever. Your donation makes it possible for us to invest in the collection, our exhibits, our educational offering and the other revenue-generating assets we have so that we can continue the journey to becoming a world-class self-sustaining organization.

Click here to read on and make a donation to HMM...
Frostbite Bash 2017:
February 11th 

We are pleased and excited to announce the 5th annual Frostbite Bash Presented by North Sails! Join the party and enjoy full open bars and food tastings from a variety of top local restaurants and vendors. Dance the night away to live music in the historic Hall of Boats, bid on items in our silent auction, and snap photos with your friends in our photo booth. It will be a night you're sure to remember!

The Frostbite Bash is the biggest celebration in the winter to celebrate the young and the young at heart. This is why for our 5th Anniversary Bash we've lowered our ticket price and are offering a special price for young professionals under 30. No matter who you are, sailor or not, this is a party you do not want to miss!

Click here for more details and to buy tickets.
Steam Bending Frames

Hot out of the steam box, white oak is bent into position and clamped into place to become one of the frames for our new Steam Launch (HMCo #199), currently being built in the Restoration Shop at the Herreshoff Marine Museum by students and volunteers. Sandy Lee is leading the project and is being assisted by a team of talented volunteers in the construction of this new exhibit for the museum. If you are interested in finding out more about this exhibit contact the museum today. 

Click here to watch a video clip of the action.

Discover more at
Lecture: "Boston Light: 300 Years of Service" presented by Sally Snowman, Keeper
January 19th, 2017

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The presentation provides an in-depth look at how Boston Light has been a way-shower for safe navigation into the fledging maritime port of Boston since 1716.  Located on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor, i t is the last manned US Coast Guard Light Station in the country.  It is also one of the 34-islands/peninsulas that comprise the Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park. Keeper Sally Snowman will be sharing the historical significance of the Light Station's 300th anniversary that is occurring in 2016.

Click here for more information on upcoming lectures.
Volunteer Spotlight: Peg Canton

Peg has been a volunteer at the Museum since April of 2014. 

"The p eople are the best part of any museum: those who work and volunteer here and those who visit.  I love to see the kids out on the water in the sailing program.  It teaches responsibility, seamanship, safety and teamwork while inculcating a love of Narragansett Bay and the wider environment.  Plus it looks like fun!

Click here to r ead more about what Peg does at the Museum.
Curator's Log: 
Roaming in ROAMER
By Maynard Bray

When asked to be substitute author for John Palmieri's always-informative Curator's Log, I was both honored and challenged. Having discovered that the museum held logbooks from N.G. Herreshoff's steam yacht ROAMER, I decided to examine how NGH and his family used the vessel during the busy and exciting summer of 1903 when the great sloop RELIANCE raced for and won the America's Cup.

The 94-foot ROAMER was with the family for ten years, and 1903 was her second season having cruised to Maine her first year afloat. She'd been built of wood during the winter of 1901-02. A compact steeple-type, triple-expansion steam engine, also designed by NGH, pushed her along at 8 knots. Skinny and shallow, with a beam of less than a fifth her length and a draft of only 5 feet, she tended to roll in a beam sea, so NGH gave her 890 square feet of sails divided between two masts to steady her as well as help push her along when the wind served. The log shows that sails were set frequently.

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The Museum is now closed for the winter season (though we will open by special request during the week if possible). 

See you in the spring or at one of our upcoming lectures!
Upcoming Events

January 19th: Lecture: "Boston Light: 300 Years of Service" presented by Sally Snowman, Keeper

February 11th: The 6th Annual Frostbite Bash! Tickets on sale NOW!

February 28th: Lecture: "Torpedo Boats in the New Steel Navy" presented by Rob Doane, Curator of the Naval War College Museum

March 30th: Lecture: "Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean" presented by author, sailor & surfer Jonathan White

April 27th: Lecture: "Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" by Bob Anderson, President of OceanServer Technology, Inc. 

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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The Herreshoff Steam Team

Latest News:  "Full Steam Ahead!"

With the forms laid out and shaped after many hours of trimming to build a smooth hull, it is finally time to actually start building hull #199!
First step is to get the raw oak lumber needed to build the ribs and keel:

Read more on the blog!

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