HMCo #492s [Dinghy for #493s Jilt]
Type: Coquina sailing dinghy
Designed by: NGH
Contract: 1898-1-27 ?
LOA: 12' 6" (3.81m)
LWL: 11' 7" (3.53m)
Beam: 4' 6" (1.37m)
Draft: 0' 8" (0.20m)
Built for: Gay, William O.
Note(s) in HMCo Construction Record: on moulds of sail tender #164. Dagger board. Sheer raised
Note(s): Vessel information is primarily but not exclusively from the HMCo Construction Record. Supplementary information when not cited here usually appears elsewhere in this record with a complete citation.
Model number: 4
Model location: H.M.M. Model Room East Wall
Vessels from this model:
30 built, modeled by NGH
Original text on model:
"COQUINA 1889 #404 1888
COQUINA 2nd 1892 #419
1896 #474 19 [sic, i.e. 16] 1\2 ft
Hull 279 centerboard rudder 10 oars 8
3 333 / 30 / 13 / 120 \ ballast & rig 140 310 \ 686." (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)
"#404 Coquina, 16'8" loa sailboat of 1889. Also used for #419 Coquina II of 1892 and, with modifications, for #474 Dude of 1896. See also first model for Coquina, seq 1225, not used." (Source: Bray, Maynard. 2004.)
Model 1225 by NGH (1889?); sail, not built
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.
From the 1920 and earlier HMCo Index Cards at the MIT Museum
- Note: The vessel index cards comprise two sets of a total of some 3200 cards about vessels built by HMCo, with dimensions and information regarding drawings, later or former vessel names, and owners. They were compiled from HMCo's early days until 1920 and added to in later decades, apparently by Hart Nautical curator William A. Baker and his successors. While HMCo seems to have used only one set of index cards, all sorted by name and, where no name was available, by number, later users at MIT apparently divided them into two sets of cards, one sorted by vessel name, the other by vessel number and greatly expanded the number of cards. Original HMCo cards are usually lined and almost always punched with a hole at bottom center while later cards usually have no hole, are unlined, and often carry substantially less information. All cards are held by the Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections of the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Mass.
From the 1931 HMCo-published Owner's List
Type: J & M
Owner: Gay, Wm. O.
Source: Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. "A Partial List of Herreshoff Clients." In: Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Herreshoff Yachts. Bristol, Rhode Island, ca. 1931.
From the 1930s L. Francis Herreshoff Index Cards at the Herreshoff Marine Museum
- Note: The L. Francis Herreshoff index cards comprise a set of some 1200 cards about vessels built by HMCo, with dimensions and / or ownership information. Apparently compiled in the early 1930s, for later HMCo-built boats like the Fishers Island 23s or the Northeast Harbor 30s are not included. Added to in later decades, apparently by L. F. Herreshoff as well as his long-time secretary Muriel Vaughn and others. Also 46 cards of L. F. Herreshoff-designed vessels. The original set of index cards is held by the Herreshoff Marine Museum and permission to display is gratefully acknowledged.
From the 1953 HMCo Owner's List by L. Francis Herreshoff
Type: 11' 7" J & M
Owner: William O. Gay
Row No.: 786
Source: Herreshoff, L. Francis. "Partial List of Herreshoff-Built Boats." In: Herreshoff, L. Francis. Capt. Nat Herreshoff. The Wizard of Bristol. New York, 1953, p. 325-343.
From the 2000 (ca.) Transcription of the HMCo Construction Record by Vermilya/Bray
LW: 11' 7"
B: 4' 6"
D: 8" [?]
Notes Constr. Record: Daggerboard On moulds of sail Tender 164 Shear raised.
Last Name: Gay
First Name: W. O.
Source: Vermilya, Peter and Maynard Bray. "Transcription of the HMCo. Construction Record." Unpublished database, ca. 2000.
Note: The transcription of the HMCo Construction Record by Peter Vermilya and Maynard Bray was performed independently (and earlier) than that by Claas van der Linde. A comparison of the two transcriptions can be particularly useful in those many cases where the handwriting in the Construction Record is difficult to decipher.
Link to the Herreshoff Registry
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"Hull #492s is an 11' 7" LWL tender for W. O. Gay which apparently was a tender for Jilt #493s. Violet is #491s and 15' LWL. This is apparently a reference to #492s, the tender for W. O. Gay. Note that the plan titles in M.I.T. plans database are also confusing." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. October 26, 2009.)
"Plan 28-15 (formerly 75-57) from which this boat was built was drawn 1898-01. #493s Jilt (for which this vessel was built) was contracted for 1898-01-27." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. October 26, 2009.)
Note: Research notes contain information about a vessel that is often random and unedited but has been deemed useful for future research.
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