|Dave McComb: The Evolution of American Destroyers
Thursday, November 21
The Return of the Mayflower by Bernard F Gribble. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum
Forty years passed between the establishment of the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in 1869 and the return home of Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet in 1909. During this period, steel replaced wood, steam replaced sail and the battleship emerged as the capital ship. A battleship had an Achilles heel, however: a torpedo delivered by a destroyer—the only surface navy ship type from that era that still exists today.
Last November, John Palmieri delivered a lecture about the torpedo boats that the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company built in the late 19th century. On November 21, colleague Dave McComb will speak about the evolution of American destroyers, in which Herreshoff torpedo boats played a central role.
Mark Gabrielson: Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews
Thursday, October 17
This is our Annual Carlton Pinheiro lecture in honor of our former curator.
The America’s Cup yacht races were, and still are, the most prestigious and expensive international sporting events in the world. With a history extending back over 160 years, the America’s Cup reached its height in the late 1800s - the era of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Sir Thomas Lipton.
Until that time, American yachts in the competition had been crewed by professional sailors from Europe. But in the winter of 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club traveled more than 450 miles by train and steamboat to remote Deer Isle, Maine to recruit an all-Yankee crew. That small fishing town sent nearly forty of its best sailors to New York to sail Defender, and in a difficult and controversial series they defeated the best Great Britain’s aristocrats could muster.
In 1899, the club again sent word to the island that it needed yet another crew to sail against the first of Sir Thomas Lipton’s Shamrocks, and Deer Isle sent their best men back to New York. Sailing Columbia they once again swept the series.
This is the story of these crews who sailed the big, and for their era, high-tech America’s Cup cutters in the late 1800s. Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews is based on research at Harvard’s Widener Library, at the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI, Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT and at the New York Yacht Club itself. With exciting narrative, new insights based on previously unpublished archival material, and 70 beautiful photographs, Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews finally gives the humble heroes from a downeast island the credit they earned so long ago.
View 2012/2013 Lecture Series Video Here
Past Lectures Include:
Adventures of the "S" Class Yachts PAPOOSE & SQUAW (and AQUILA, too!)
Presented by: Angus Davis
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Is There Value in Your Old Books and Rare Books?
Presented by: Kenneth Gloss
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
The American Youth Sailing Force
Presented by: David Liebenberg
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Adventures of Kathleen
Presented by: Tim Fallon
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
The Herreshoff Torpedo Boats: Innovation at the Beginning of the New Navy
Presented by: John Palmieri
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
The Herreshoff Method
Presented by: Halsey C. Herreshoff
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Presented by the Golden Gate YC Vice Commodore Tom Ehman
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
America's Cup: Reflections
Presented by Halsey Herreshoff, Paul Darling and Dyer Jones
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
The Voyage Around the Americas: An Environmental Adventure
Presented by Herb McCormick
Thursday April 5th, 2012
Encounter with Somali Pirates
Presented by Captain Richard Phillips
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Restoration of the Charles W Morgan -
Moderated by Dana Hewson, Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs at Mystic Seaport
with Quentin Snediker, Kane Borden, Roger Hambidge, and Steve Wilkes
Thursday, February 9th 2012
Prested by Jed Pearsall and Bill Doyle
December 1, 2011
A Full Cup
Presented by Michael D'Antonio
October 14, 2011
Presented by Nicholas Hayes