Model No. 932: Submarine Chaser
Model by: ASdeWH
Made when: 1915
Vessel Type: Navy Power Submarine Chaser
Model location: H.M.M. Workshop South Wall Left Door
Vessels from this model:
0 built, modeled by ASdeWH
Original text on model:
"Proposed sub chaser for Russia
Made by Sidney 1915." (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)
"In about 1915 the Russian government wanted the company to build several motor torpedo boats, and the preliminary plans and business arrangements had been made. I believe money had even been deposited in the bank at Bristol when Captain Nat came back from Bermuda and put a stop to the whole business. Just what his motives were no one ever knew, but this just about broke J. B.'s heart, so to say, and he went home and died. J. B. was seventy-four, and after a long life of struggling with small contracts that were not always very remunerative, this opportunity to do a good stroke of business was the height of his ambition. When his plans were frustrated it was too much for his nature. Some people say that if the company had gone ahead with this order very likely the French submarine chasers would have been built there also, as well as some of the U.S. Navy subchasers. This, of course, would have necessitated enlargement of the plant, and that in itself may have been what Captain Nat disliked, for he was always rightly concerned with the increasing overhead cost of running the plant. At any rate the company lost something when J. B. died that never was regained, and the whole place seemed different after his death." (Source: 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, p. 154.)
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.
Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné.
All rights reserved. No reproduction, adaptation, or distribution of any part of this document or any information contained herein by any means whatsoever is permitted without prior written permission. For the full terms of copyright for this document please click here. Last revision 2018-01-01.