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


2014-2015 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 2014-2015 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket Vineyard, The Bay Magazine, 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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Tuesday, December 1st
Roger Taylor on L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer 

   Roger Taylor is a self-described boat nut. He's been messing around in boats (by hundreds) for 75 years, including a dozen designed by L. Francis Herreshoff and a few designed by N. G. Herreshoff and built at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Among the latter is the Buzzard's Bay 25-footer Aria, now resident at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, which he owned, raced, and sailed from 1949 to 1959. 

   Taylor served in the U. S. Navy as a deck officer in a destroyer and a diesel submarine. He was a leader at the U. S. Naval Institute, the Navy's professional society and publishing arm, and founder and leader at International Marine Publishing Co. in Camden, Maine, where he published two of L. Francis Herreshoff's books, Sensible Cruising Designs and An L. Francis Herreshoff Reader. His biography of L. Francis Herreshoff is his eighth book.

   Taylor lives afloat with his wife, Kathleen Carney, in two boats depending on season: the Water Lily, a 31-foot Dutch, steel canal cruiser in France, and the Pelican, a 31-foot auxiliary sloop on the U. S. East Coast.

   L. Francis Herreshoff lived from 1890 to 1972, and, though not prolific, he designed yachts that will always be considered classics. Beginning his career in the shadow of his famous father, Nathanael G. Herreshoff, he emerged to become a designer who would come close to the perfection of form in yacht design. Despite his exquisite designs and wise, published writings on the subject, L. Francis never achieved the popularity of a John Alden or an Olin Stephens, yet his influence on yachting, now and in the future, deserves its place alongside those leaders. It is a purpose of this book to allow that possibility by presenting evidence of Francis Herreshoff’s genius for public judgment. 

Upcoming Lectures: 

TBD: Dyer Jones: The History of the 12 Metre Class

The 2015 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

The Bay Magazine

Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket VinyardPoints East Magazine

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