ARAMINTA: Herreshoff Auxiliary Ketch

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In the warmer months, when she is not sailing, the graceful ketch Araminta lies on a mooring off the Museum waterfront. Designed in 1948 by L. Francis Herreshoff, the creative son of yacht designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff, the boat was built at the Hodgdon yard in East Boothbay, Maine, in 1954. The 33-foot boat was intended for daysailing in Maine waters, and her ketch rig, with the smaller sail aft (in contrast to a schooner like the L.A. Dunton or Brilliant), made her quite maneuverable and easy to handle. Since joining the Mystic Seaport fleet, the boat has been made available for day charters with a licensed captain.