Herreshoff Marine Museum


In 1878, Nathanael Green Herreshoff, a naval architect and steam engineer, joined his older brother John Brown Herreshoff to form the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co, on the site of which the museum now stands. They used cutting-edge design and engineering technology to build the first U.S. Navy torpedo boats and some of the world's fastest steam yachts. The company's most notable accomplishment was the construction of eight consecutively successful defenders of the America's Cup from 1893 to 1934. The museum contains the America's Cup Hall of Fame as well as 50 original sailing and power yachts designed and built by the company.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The oldest continually existing yacht club in the U.S. is the New York Yacht Club, founded in 1844. In 1851, club members successfully raced the schooner America against British competitors. The victory trophy was deeded to the club and became known as the America's Cup, the oldest and most prestigious prize in international sailing.
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