Herreshoff Marine Museum
Lending insight to a technical innovator in steam and sail
What began as a family passion became a boatbuilding legend. The Herreshoff brothers, John, known as “Captain Nat” and his brother Nathanael, designed and built hundreds of sailing and steam-powered vessels during the years they owned Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. These ranged from the 25-foot Buzzards Bay sailing boat line to the largest racing yacht ever produced, the America’s Cup defender Reliance. Their steam-powered, steel-hulled vessels included torpedo boats, launches, and the 140-foot yacht Alert. It was a daunting task to translate this story into a multi-media, chronological exhibit with the 32-foot long wall area at the museum’s entry. The mural environment we created is a backdrop for a variety of visitor experiences; graphic interactives, touch screen experience, and objects. This exhibit has been well-received by the board and staff, a most critical constituency in a vertically focused museum such as the Herreshoff.