Herreshoff Marine Museum and Ameerica's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum America's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum
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2016-2017 Lecture Series

The Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Annual Lecture Series brings the knowledge of established authors, sailors, and experts directly to the public. Learn from some of the best sailors, writers, historians, and accomplished individuals amongst historic Herreshoff Boats and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Tickets are availble online at herreshoff.org/store or at the door the day of the event.

The 2017 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket VineyardGowrie Group, and Pure Insurance

Reception Begins at 6:00pm
Lecture Begins at 7:00pm

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Tuesday, February 28th
"Torpedo Boats in the New Steel Navy" presented by Robert Doane

From 1875 to 1897, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. designed and produced eight torpedo boats for the United States Navy. The Herreshoff brothers started their company just before the Navy underwent the most radical transformation in its history. The old wooden sailing ships of the Civil War-era Navy were set aside in favor of powerful coal-fired warships with steel hulls that carried an array of new weapons, including torpedoes. Why did the Navy want to build a special class of small, fast boats armed only with torpedoes, and how did it expect to use them? This presentation will seek to answer those questions while exploring how torpedo boats contributed to developments in naval strategy at the end of the nineteenth century.

Rob Doane is the Curator at the Naval War College Museum in Newport, RI. He grew up in Michigan and received a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1998, followed by a M.A. in public history from Loyola University Chicago in 2003. After moving to Massachusetts, Rob began his career in museums starting as a historical interpreter at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. He has served as a curatorial assistant at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collection, and as a curator at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD.


March 30, 2017
"Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean" presented by Jonathan White
A global journey through the science and wonder of the oceans

 In Tides, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture—the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

Jonathan White is an active marine conservationist, a sailor, and a surfer. His first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White is the author of Tides, forthcoming from Trinity University Press, and has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer’s Journal, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.

April 27, 2017
"Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" presented by Bob Anderson

Applying technology to improve our enjoyment and understanding of the waters we share for recreation and commerce has been a continual theme at Herreshoff Manufacturing and throughout the marine industry for centuries.  And so it continues with a the intersection of modern electronics, automated vehicle controls, GPS-aided navigation, specialized sensors and composite materials that improve our knowledge of the sea.  As a follow-on to a successful presentation last season by John Jackson of the Naval War College on the topic of Aeriel drones and their role in imagining our lands from the sky, Bob Anderson, co-founder of OceanServer Technology in nearby Fall River, will present an overview of the sub-sea corollary referred to an Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).  Specifically, the Iver3 AUV is a small, man-portable AUV system that OceanServer began marketing about 10 years ago for use in a variety of coastal applications such as imaging objects on the seafloor, confirming water depths and bathometric features, and monitoring the environmental and chemical characteristics of a water column.  Bob will present a brief overview of the technical elements of AUVs in general, and share some imagery and photos form recent field projects.

HMM member, local sailor and technology entrepreneur, Bob Anderson has the perfect job.  After a career at several Boston-areas computer manufacturers (including a successful small electronics start-up), Bob briefly retired in 2003 before joining a like-minded 'boater' with skills and interest in the emerging robotics and vehicle controls innovation emerging from US Navy, DARPA and NSF funded research.  They formed a company focused on cost reducing and commercializing available technical pieces into a small Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for shallow water applications.  Fast forward thirteen years and over 300 'robots' later, the industry has evolved from a technical niche into a much broader market with growing public understanding and interest.


September 21st, 2017
"The Halifax Explosion" presented by Greg Banner

In December 1917 a WWI ammunition ship blew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  This was the largest man-made explosion in human history prior to atomic  weapons.  The town was devastated and over 2000 people died.  Besides the Canadian response,  all of the New England states sent supplies and people to help with the relief effort.   Even in the middle of WWI contributions were sent in from all over the world.   Some Americans are aware of this event because of the gift of a Christmas tree sent every year to Boston from Nova Scotia in appreciation for their efforts.   With the 100th anniversary of this event coming up in December 2017,  a number of special commemorative events are planned.   This presentation will provide an overview of the events surrounding this accident, the impact on Halifax and some of the response efforts to help out the city.  
Greg Banner is a member of the Tiverton Yacht Club and Herreshoff Museum.   He is a retired Army officer who currently works for the federal government in the homeland security and emergency response fields.   His academic background, including two Masters Degrees, is in history.  He got interested in, then researched this event, as it combines aspects of military, disaster response, maritime and local history.    


The 2017 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

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