Join us at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00pm for a very exciting event as we celebrate the publication of a lavishly illustrated and insightfully documented new book on Herreshoff boats, “Herreshoff: American Masterpieces.” Kurt Hasselbalch, curator of the Hart Nautical Collections at MIT and renowned nautical photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz will talk about the book and be available to sign copies. A wine and cheese reception will follow.
The book will be available for sale at the event with a 20% discount. The book officially releases on November 22, and we are very excited that we will have copies of the book available for this very special October event. If you cannot attend the event, please contact the bookshop to reserve a signed copy by calling us at 508-888-2331 or ordering online.
About the book: Elegant by design and spectacular in performance, thirty-six iconic Herreshoff boats are showcased in magnificent photographs and original drawings.
The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company-led by its founding spirit, the brilliant designer Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff (1848-1938)- constructed the most thrilling, innovative, and graceful boats ever built in the United States, not only lavish yachts and thoroughbred racing classes but also daysailers and dinghies, weekend cruisers and motor launches.
Marine historian Maynard Bray and Herreshoff expert Claas van der Linde, in collaboration with renowned nautical photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz, present the very finest of the Herreshoff designs afloat today, with insightful commentary on design evolution in every facet from lines to displacement to hardware, accompanied by full-color images of each vessel both in detail and under way, as well as unique color reproductions of Herreshoff’s own archival plans and drawings. Each entry incorporates a history of the boat (or class), its owners, race results, and fate, celebrating the many that still grace our waters.
About the authors who will be at the event:
Kurt Hasselbalch, who wrote the introduction to the book, has been a curator of various nautical collections for 29 of the past 30 years. He has been curator of the Hart Nautical Collections at MIT Museum since late 1990. Hasselbalch has organized 12 exhibitions at MIT Museum and published four detailed guides to major collections in the Hart Nautical Collections, including the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company design records. As curator, he has facilitated design research for over 100 historic vessel restoration projects and more than 50 historic vessel replica projects from dinghies to the recent 140′ steel Herreshoff schooner yacht Ellena. His recent work is focused on documenting MIT alumni/ae contributions to ocean technology and ocean science.
Benjamin Mendlowitz, nautical photograp