Herreshoff Marine Museum and Ameerica's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum America's Cup Hall of Fame
2014 Lecture Series

Michael Tougias: Rescue of the Bounty
May 15- Doors open at 6pm, Lecture starts at 7pm. 

Museum Lectures are $7 for members and $15 for non members.
Click here to purchase tickets or call the Museum at (401) 253-5000.

Michael Tougias Rescue of the Bounty

Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 19 books.  His book Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a breathtaking book – Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying story.” He has also co-authored a true story of the Coast Guard’s most daring rescue in The Finest Hours, which chronicles a rescue of two sinking oil tankers off Cape Cod in 1952.  This is being made into a movie by the Disney Corporation, and the book was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, selected as a “must read”)  

The author’s other true adventure book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind.”  
Tougias has researched dozens of survival stories and includes them in his lecture for businesses titled, Survival Lessons: Decision-making Under Pressure. He also teaches a yearly course with a publisher about how writers can find the best publisher for their idea titled “Get Published.”(www.michaeltougias.com)

On a lighter note, Tougias chronicled his misadventures at his remote cabin in Vermont in his award-winning book There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wanna-be.  This book won the Independent Publishers Association Award for the “The Best Nature Book of the Year.”  

(Tougias will bring books for sale and autographing) 
The 2013/2014 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

Lecture Series Sponsors: Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket Vineyard, & Points East

Past Lecture Series:

John Brown Herreshoff, Successful Yacht Builder & Businessman: Misconceptions about Blindness
Presented by Rosemary Mahoney and Nathanael Greene Herreshoff III

Thursday, April 17

Rosemary Mahoney was educated at Harvard College and John Hopkins University and has been awarded numerous awards for her writing, including a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics' Circle Award. She is the author of six books, including For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches From the World of the Blind, and Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, a New York Times Notable Book. She is a citizen of Ireland and the United States and lives in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Nathanael Greene Herreshoff III is the grand-nephew of John Brown Herreshoff (1841-1915) and the grandson of Captain Nat Herreshoff (1848-1938). After a career teaching history and German at both the high school and college level, Nat now spends his time researching family history and genealogy. He writes a monthly newsletter on these and other subjects.


Steven Tsuchiya: Winging It 
Thursday, March 20


Steven Tsuchiya, an America's Cup historian, will deliver an analysis of how Oracle Team USA overcame an enormous deficit to successfully defend the America's Cup.  Steve will examine the elements that made the 2013 match so close and how OTUSA won, including:   the differences in yacht design philosophy between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle Team USA's penalty prior to the Cup, the critical judgment calls made by both teams, the impact of the rules on the outcome, the evolving sailing technique particularly on the upwind leg, key tactical decisions, modifications to the boats, and OTUSA's changes to the tuning of the wing and appendages.  Steve will illustrate his analysis with his photographs of the America's Cup including images from behind-the-scenes. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Steve's presentation will appeal to the novice and the expert.  Steve is the co-author (with Diane Swintal and Robert Kamins) of Winging It:  Oracle Team USA's Incredible Comeback to Defend the America's Cup.  He is also a contributor to Sailing World magazine and serves on the Selection Committee of the America's Cup Hall of Fame.


Dyer Jones: America's Cup Now and Then
Thursday, February 27

Dyer Jones is currently the Chairman of the Selection Committee of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.   Dyer started his career with the America's Cup in 1967 working for the Columbia syndicate where he spent the summer hauling sails up and down the dock.  He was the Regatta Director for the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series in 2000 and 2003 in Auckland, NZ, and Regatta Director for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007 in Valencia, Spain.  He has worked for the past 40 years at The Anchorage, Inc. in Warren, RI, which builds Dyer Boats (he is named for the firm's founder, his grandfather, William Dyer).  Dyer is a former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and served as its Race Committee Chairman during the memorable 1983 America’s Cup.   He is also the co-author with Luigi Lang of an authoritative history of the 12 Metre Class.


Cory Silken: Yachting and Lifestyle Photographer
Thursday, January 16th

Cory Silken is a yachting and luxury lifestyle photographer based in Newport, Rhode Island. Silken regularly travels to the Caribbean and throughout the world for fine art and commercial projects. His dynamic and creative imagery appears in most of the major yachting magazines around the globe, and is published in numerous books, including Herreshoff Sailboats. His clients range from local organizations, such as the International Yacht Restoration School, to some of the top shipyards in the world, such as Royal Huisman and Pendennis, and he also photographs regattas for title sponsors such as Panerai and Bacardi.


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.  

Book Synopsis
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

AC34 "Cupdate" 
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

Saving Sailing
Presented by Nicholas Hayes

March 2010

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