|2014 Lecture Series
Dave McComb: The Evolution of American Destroyers
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.
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