The Summer Commute

What better way to commute from your home on Matinicock Point on Long Island Sound to your offices in New York City than by steam commuter Navette? French for shuttle, Navette was launched on March 24, 1917 from the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., from the design of Captain Nathaniel Herreshoff. She was 114’ overall, 106’ on […]


Guy Lombardo was famous for ringing in the New Year, but he was also a decent boat racer.

The Experiment

The America’s Cup, arguably the most venerable trophy in sports, has attracted the world’s best sailors and yacht designers since the first match in 1851. The first few challenges had no restriction on design of the yachts, although time was allowed based on tonnage. The keeper of the Cup is largely responsible for the making […]

Oh My Cod

In late October 1938, Morris Rosenfeld was in Gloucester, Massachusetts to visually document what would be the last International Fishermen’s Cup race. The first such race was proposed in 1920 as a “race for real sailors” – a friendly match between the fishing schooners of Lundenberg, Nova Scotia, and Gloucester. Although the fishing schooner was […]

A Mayflower By Any Other Name

On October 14, 1912 the 318-foot steel hulled Presidential yacht, Mayflower steamed into New York Harbor and dropped anchor in the North River. President Taft was on board for the review of the maritime might of the U.S. Navy – the Naval Review of 1912. The luxurious steam yacht Mayflower was built for Ogden Goelet […]

The Joys of Fitting-Out

The spring season brings longer daylight in the northern latitudes and rising temperatures. Since the early 1900s, it also brings the “Fitting-Out Number” issues of The Rudder and Motor Boating magazines. The Fitting Out issues were filled with practical tips for getting a vessel in shape for the upcoming season along with thoughts on the […]

The Plywood Derby

It was literally a race to determine which shipbuilder would produce the Navy’s PT boats.

The Champion

“Apparently, in the field of yachting, as in all other fields, there is no denying the women.”

The Careers

The six lives of one three-masted schooner make for an amazing ship’s biography.

The Dream

On June 23, 1928, William Albert Robinson and his little 32-foot ketch Svaap were part of a special class of three small ocean cruisers that started in the Bermuda Race. The class consisted of Svaap, Miladi (a Herreshoff cutter), and yawl Islander built by Harry Pidgeon (he had already circumnavigated the world single-handedly in it – […]