Nathanael Herreshoff

A true legend

Courtesy Of The Herreshoff Museum

The Wizard of Bristol (1848-1938) was an innovative and brilliant designer, sailor, and boatbuilder. Features common on boats today--sail tracks and slides, bulb keels, fin keels, and hollow aluminum masts--were all developed by Herreshoff.

With 70 years of designing large and small sail and power boats, his influence on yacht design is unrivaled. As a designer, helmsman and engineer, he defended the America's Cup six times: Vigilant, 1893; Defender, 1895; Columbia 1899 and 1901; Reliance, 1903; and Resolute, 1920.