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 Vineyard
, Gowrie Group
, and Pure Insurance
Reception Begins at 6:00pm
Lecture Begins at 7:00pm
Tickets are $10 for Members and $18 for Non-Members
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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
, 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.
August 17th, 2017
"Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship" presented by Paul Ferrell, author and illustrator
The story behind the story: 25 years of writing, drawing and assembling the story of tugs
In TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED, architect Paul Farrell— tugboat enthusiast and masterful artist—brings his passion to a volume that details every aspect of tugs and their work, from the little boom boats that corral riverborne logs near sawmills to the massive ocean salvage vessels that are often as big as the ships they tow.
Throughout this labor of love—which took a quarter century to complete—Farrell uses his own wonderful sketches and diagrams as well as historic and contemporary photographs, artistic renditions, unusual documentation, and detailed engineering diagrams to unveil the rare beauty of the tugboat and how the design and manufacture of these tough little vessels accompanied the rapid pace of shipbuilding all over the world. From the purpose-driven yet elegant physics of propeller design to the frustrating limits of early diesel engines, from the beloved children’s favorite Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky to the intricacies of a tow cable, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED’s text and images provide a comprehensive understanding of the technology and philosophy that drive these low-slung “floating engines.”
Farrell also investigates the many aspects of life on a tugboat, as well as the different shiphandling methods that have developed as captains and crews take on the varied challenges presented by luxury liners, tankers, vehicle carriers, barges, oil exploration rigs, and pretty much every other kind of boat afloat and seeking assistance when coming into or going out of the harbor. Farrell notes that “tugs are like no other vessels in sturdiness of construction, power in relation to size, and the boat-handling ability of their crews.”
The work of an insightful and creative observer, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED explores the emotional resonance of these waterfront workhorses, showing how the environment and the complex challenges tugs faced shaped the industrial development and the increasingly important role of the high-thrust, low-speed boats that prowl the world’s rivers, canals, and seaports to ensure that shipping flows smoothly. Part tribute, part catalog, part user’s guide, and part scrapbook, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED is a singular work of art, blending technology and design with history and human interest.
About the Author: Paul Farrell is an architect with a lifelong enthusiasm for tugboats and the working waterfront. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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.
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