Herreshoff Author, Photographer to Speak at Cape Cod Maritime Museum


The Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis, MA, will host a pre-release lecture of Herreshoff: American Masterpieces by the author Kurt Hasselbalch and photographer Benjamin Mendlewitz. The event takes place Saturday, October 29, at 2:00 pm and will include a book discussion, reception and book signing.

About the book:  Elegant by design and spectacular in performance, 36 iconic Herreshoff boats are showcased in magnificent photographs and original drawings.

The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company-led by its founding spirit, the brilliant designer Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff (1848-1938) constructed the most thrilling, innovative, and graceful boats ever built in the United States, not only lavish yachts and thoroughbred racing classes but also daysailers and dinghies, weekend cruisers and motor launches.

Watch the New England Boating TV episode on Bristol, RI, featuring a visit to the Herreshoff Museum.

Marine historian Maynard Bray and Herreshoff expert Claas van der Linde, in collaboration with renowned nautical photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz, present the very finest of the Herreshoff designs afloat today, with insightful commentary on design evolution in every facet from lines to displacement to hardware, accompanied by full-color images of each vessel both in detail and under way, as well as unique color reproductions of Herreshoff’s own archival plans and drawings. Each entry incorporates a history of the boat (or class), its owners, race results, and fate, celebrating the many that still grace our waters.

About the authors who will be at the event:

Kurt Hasselbalch, who wrote the introduction to the book, has been a curator of various nautical collections for 29 of the past 30 years. He has been curator of the Hart Nautical Collections at MIT Museum since late 1990. Hasselbalch has organized 12 exhibitions at MIT Museum and published four detailed guides to major collections in the Hart Nautical Collections, including the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company design records. As curator, he has facilitated design research for over 100 historic vessel restoration projects and more than 50 historic vessel replica projects from dinghies to the recent 140′ steel Herreshoff schooner yacht Ellena. His recent work is focused on documenting MIT alumni/ae contributions to ocean technology and ocean science.

Benjamin Mendlowitz, nautical photographer, has traveled the globe for over 35 years to photograph wooden boats. He is well known throughout the boating world for his contributions to nautical publications and for his award-winning Calendar of Wooden Boats.®  In 1980, Mendlowitz photographs began appearing in WoodenBoat Magazine and in other nautical publications. A few years later, Mendlowitz formed his company, NOAH Publications, and published his first Calendar of Wooden Boats.® He is also a founding member of OfffCenterHarbor.com, a website devoted to content about classic boats and boating skills of all kinds.  Mendlowitz photographs have appeared regularly on the covers of many trade and educational books, and in feature articles and on the covers of the most respected boating magazines (past and present) world-wide, including , WoodenBoat, Nautical Quarterly, Sail, Yachting, Cruising World, Motorboating, Professional Boatbuilder, among many others.