Preview: Announcing the Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné

March 1, 2017

Avatar Maynard Bray

Head over to and you’ll land in Claas van der Linde’s Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné, which is, without doubt, the most comprehensive information source you’ll ever find on the 2,200 watercraft built in Bristol, Rhode Island by the Herreshoffs. It is a nearly ten-year-old, work-in-progress website that has only recently gone public. is easy to use, but since it is so comprehensive, I’ve included a few suggestions below on how you can explore the information to it’s fullest. If you’re at all interested in Herreshoff boats, you’ll be swept away by the site’s organized presentation of images, stories, and other documents and data.

Start with the checkerboard montage on site’s homepage and pass your cursor over any boat you find appealing. The boat’s hull number, its name, date of build, and a short description including its overall length will pop up. For more, give the image a click, and your screen fills with the boat’s homepage that includes its photo, the complete partculars, and a series of clickable categories such as “Model,” “Text,” “Images,” and “Registers.” The first provides a photograph of the boat’s half model, a list of all the boats built from it, and a description that Nat Herreshoff himself wrote on its back surface.

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