Origins 2

The cover photo is of a replica of the 185′ three-masted schooner ATLANTIC, which won the Kaiser’s Cup in the trans-
Atlantic Race of 1905, setting a course record that held for almost 100 years.

The original Gardner-designed ATLANTIC was built in 1904 by Townsend and Downey, at Shooter’s Island, just north of Staten Island, in a boatyard that existed for just ten years, but which also built Kaiser Wilhelm’s famous racing schooner METEOR III. METEOR III’s remains are scattered n…

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Nathaniel Herreshoff was indeed a ‘wizard’. In a sense, all of us who have spent a lot of time in boats are ‘agents of the wizard’. The prominence and influence of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company on yachting has been monumental. Though this page has a strong Herreshoff orientation, it is intended for exchanging data and experiences related to all matters pertaining to ‘yachting history’, no matter the builder, designer or locale. Your stories and questions about the boats and the people who are the elements of this history are welcome.