Model No. 28: Shadow's Improvement

Model No. 28

Model by: NGH
Made when: 1880 (ca.)
Calculated model scale: 1/24
Model length (ca.): 21.5" (54.6cm)
Implied vessel LOA at 1/24 (ca.): 42' 11" (13.1m)
Power/Sail: S
Vessel Type: Sloop
Model location: H.M.M. Model Room East Wall

Vessels from this model:
0 built, modeled by NGH
#188003es [Unbuilt Shadow's Improvement] (1880)

Original text on model:
"Model made by NGH in about 1880 for a c.b. sloop 40' w.l. 43' oa
as an improvement on SHADOW'S model made in 1870
This model was much admired by Edward Burgess and called by him "The perfect model" never was built from [Recollections of NGH in May, 1935]." (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)

Model description:
"Model made by NGH in 1880 for 40' lwl sloop, described by Edward Burgess as "the perfect model."" (Source: Bray, Maynard. 2004.)

Model discussion:
"Dear Mr. Foster,
... In the early '80's --- just after Edward Burgess married, he took a house at Popasquash, just across Bristol Harbor, for the Summer and, nearly every day, he would come over to look around and chat. I had just made a model to be an improvement of Shadow, and he quite fell in love with it and, in coming in, would say, 'I have come again to look at the perfect model.' The model is quite the type of Puritan except that the stern is not carried out. I think, at this time, Ned Burgess had convinced himself of the folly of adhering to the English cutter type, and was quite ready to develop the compromise type of which Puritan and Papoose were good examples.
Sincerely yours,
Nathanael G. Herreshoff" (Source: Herreshoff, Nathanael Greene. Letter to Charles H. W. Foster, dated March 6, 1932. Quoted in Foster, Charles H. W. The Eastern Yacht Club Ditty Box, 1870-1900. Norwood, Mass., 1932, p 139-141.)

Related model(s):
Model 0028 by NGH (1880?); sail, not built
Shadow's Improvement: Sloop
Model 0100 by NGH (1870); sail, 2 built from
Shadow and Undine: Sloop

Note: Vessels that appear in the records as not built, a cancelled contract, a study model, or as a model sailboat are listed but not counted in the list of vessels built from a model.

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Citation: Herreshoff Model 28 Shadow's Improvement. Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné.