New Street Nautical Audio Publishes Fascinating Study of the Herreshoff Yacht Building Dynasty

Richard Simpson's masterful account profiles seven generations of yachting invention and ingenuity in Bristol, Rhode Island.
The best of the best nautical literature in audio format.
The best of the best nautical literature in audio format.
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NEWPORT, R.I. - April 8, 2014 - PRLog -- Since 1878, the Herreshoff family of Bristol, Rhode Island has been designing and building select high quality yachts, including the famed Reliance and Westward, the most technologically advanced racing yachts of their time.

In Herreshoff Yachts: Seven Generations of Industrialists, Inventors and Ingenuity in Bristol, historian Richard Simpson tells the complete story of this remarkable family.

Originally published in paper by The History Press in 2007, Herreshoff Yachts has now been rendered in a beautifully produced audio edition superbly narrated by Owen Daly.

Simpson pays special attention to Nathaniel Greene Herreshoff (1848-1938), who is widely credited with being perhaps the most innovative sailboat designer of all time. His designs were notably graceful, scientifically engineered, and speedy. From 1893 to 1920, "Captain Nat" designed and built a succession of undefeated America's Cup boats. His mastery was so unchallenged that Cup enthusiasts refer to the era as simply "the Herreshoff Period." Because of his many accomplishments, Herreshoff was among the few people ever made an honorary member of the New York Yacht Club, his name being listed immediately before those of England's King George V and the Prince of Wales.

Importantly, Simpson explores not only the design genius of naval architect "Captain Nat" but also the business genius of his blind older brother John Brown Herreshoff - and how the two combined as a team to create a world-class organization.

Herreshoff Yachts is available from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Length: 3 Hours, 38 Minutes

List Price: $14.95

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