HMCo #498s Wiz [Whiz]


Construction_Record_Title.jpgName: Wiz [Whiz]
Type: Woods Hole spritsail Coquina dinghy
Designed by: NGH
Contract: 1898-6-14
Construction: Wood
LOA: 13' 6" (4.11m)
Beam: 5' (1.52m)
Rig: Spritsail
Centerboard: yes
Built for: Harrison, A. C.
Amount: $325.00
Note(s) in HMCo Construction Record: moulds of #474

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 #4

Model number: 4
Model location: H.M.M. Model Room East Wall

Vessels from this model:
30 built, modeled by NGH
#189102es [Dinghy for #164p Javelin] (1891)
#189103es [Dinghy for #411s Gloriana] (1891)
#189201es [Dinghy for #414s Wasp] (1892)
#189202es [Dinghy for #435s Colonia] (1892)
#189302es [Dinghy for #437s Vigilant] (1893)
#189908es [Dinghy for #510s Petrel] (1899)
#189909es [Rowboat for #520s Athene] (1899)
#190302es [10ft Coquina Rowboat] (1903)
#190303es [Coquina Rowboat Job2441] (1903)
#190307es [Dinghy for #235p Mist] (1903)
#190421es [Dinghy for #621s Margaret] (1904)
#190511es [Coquina Rowboat Job3572] (1905)
#190517es [Dinghy for #638s Neola II] (1905)
#190604es [Coquina Rowboat Job3857] (1906)
#190704es [Dinghy for #666s Avenger] (1907)
#190905es [Dinghy for #552s Effort II] (1909)
#190906es [Dinghy for #594s Zara] (1909)
#190908es [Dinghy for #685s Adventuress] (1909)
#191002es [Dinghy for S. P. Colt] (1910)
#191106es [Dinghy for #692s Westward] (1911)
#404s Coquina (1889)
#419s Coquina 2nd (1892)
#474s Dude (1896)
#492s [Dinghy for #493s Jilt] (1898)
#498s Wiz [Whiz] (1898)
#500s [Dinghy for W. H. Buffington] (1899)
#522s Memo (1899)
#523s [As Coquina 2nd #419 7/8-scale] (1899)
#524s [As Coquina 2nd #419 7/8-scale] (1899)
#606s [Sailing Dinghy for H. Darlington] (1902)

Original text on model:
"COQUINA 1889 #404 1888
COQUINA 2nd 1892 #419
1896 #474 19 [sic, i.e. 16] 1\2 ft
827 lbs
Hull 279 centerboard rudder 10 oars 8
3 333 / 30 / 13 / 120 \ ballast & rig 140 310 \ 686." (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)

Model Description:
"#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 Comment:
"Reference to model no. 4 was added by CvdL as Wiz was built on the moulds of #474s Dude." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. 2008.)

Related model(s):
Model 1225 by NGH (1889?); sail, not built
Coquina (Study Model)

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.


Other Modern Text Source(s)

"... Dude [#474s] was built on the moulds of Coquina [#404s], Nathanael Herreshoff's own favorite daysailer. Dude used Coquina's steering method; instead of a tiller there was a continuous rope running through blocks in the transom leading to the back end of the rudder. On the plan, there seems to be a larger rudder with a normal head penciled in. Perhaps it was made for Dude or perhaps it was for Wiz [#498s], a sister boat made for A. C. Harrison in 1898. Eventually Herreshoff built five boats [#497s Gadfly, #498s Wiz, #501s Quakeress, #565s Quakeress II, and #676s Quakeress III]] for A.C. Harrison and his brother, Frazier. Wiz was #498 on the Herreshoff list; #499 was the two-time America's Cup defender Columbia. These spritsail boats cost $325, including two sails and two sizes of hollow spars. That is only a little more than the reported cost of the Explorer. ...
There was a penchant at that time for cash prizes and special silver cups. In 1898, A.C. Harrison gave three purses for a spritsail race open to both classes. It was won by Wiz, the new Herreshoff boat described earlier, which belonged to the Harrisons. The breeze was very strong and several boats dropped out. The report said that Wiz beat Dude by over five minutes and that 'clearly demonstrated her superior sailing qualities.' The writer apparently did not know that they were sister boats and there was no difference in their sailing qualities. I think that the difference was Sam Cahoon. Years later Sam Cahoon had a Cape Cod Knockabout called Whiz with the H. ..." (Source: Littell, Browne. "Early Days of Racing in Woods Hole." In: Woods Hole Historical Collection (Publisher). Spritsail, Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 1996, p. 18, 20., retrieved February 10, 2011.)


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

Name: Wiz
Type: Sprit
Length: 21'
Owner: Harrison, A. C.

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
  • Wiz
  • 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

Name: Wiz
Type: 12' spritsail
Owner: A. C. Harrison
Row No.: 764

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

Month: June
Day: 14
Year: 1898
E/P/S: S
No.: 0498
Name: Wiz
LW: 13' 6"
B: 5'
Rig: Sprit s'l
CB: y
Amount: 325.00
Notes Constr. Record: Moulds of 474.
Last Name: Harrison
First Name: A. C.

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.

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Citation: HMCo #498s Wiz [Whiz]. Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné.