Model No. 708: Reliance

Model No. 708

Model by: NGH
Made when: October 1902
Stated model scale: 1/32
Model length (ca.): 53.7" (136.4cm)
Implied vessel LOA at 1/32 (ca.): 143' 3" (43.7m)
Power/Sail: S
Vessel Type: Cup Defender
Hull Configuration: Keel
Model location: H.M.M. Model Room North Wall Right

Vessels from this model:
1 built, modeled by NGH
#605s Reliance (1903)

Original text on model:
"RELIANCE Oct. 1902 Scale 3\8" = 1' 0" " (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)

Model description:
"90' lwl Reliance, keel cutter and America's Cup defender of 1903." (Source: Bray, Maynard. 2004.)

Model discussion:
"I remember well watching my father cut this model and he did most of it in two evenings, but he was an extremely fast worker. He seemed to have no hesitancy about shaping the model and seemed to know beforehand exactly what shape was wanted to best do the job, which is quite in contrast to some later designers who seem to be feeling around in the dark as they have made and tested various models of quite different shapes." (P. 232; Herreshoff, L. Francis. The Wizard of Bristol. The Life and Achievements of Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, together with An Account of Some of the Yachts he Designed. New York, 1953.)

Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné.
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Citation: Herreshoff Model 708 Reliance. Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné.