RESOLUTE: Double-Cockpit Launch

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ResoluteFive of these double-cockpit launches were built after they were designed by Nat Herreshoff for possible use by the U.S. Navy during the First World War. Legend has it that because the Herreshoffs wouldn’t allow other builders the use of their design, the Navy went elsewhere after obtaining only one boat. Two boats that were built to this design by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company ended up at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Long Island, this one having served Long Island as a tender for the America’s Cup defender Resolute in 1920. Year after year, Resolute, this boat that took on its name for obvious reasons, and Emerald, her sister club launch, shuttled between shore and the moored fleet carrying club members and their guests.

Arriving at Mystic Seaport in 1980 weathered and worn from her many years of service, Resolute was thoroughly and beautifully restored by the Museum’s Shipyard staff and is once again operational.