HMCo #500s [Dinghy for W. H. Buffington]


Construction_Record_Title.jpgName: [Dinghy for W. H. Buffington]
Type: Coquina sailing dinghy
Designed by: NGH
Contract: 1899
Delivered: 1899-4-22
Construction: Wood
LWL: 11' 7" (3.53m)
Beam: 4' 6" (1.37m)
Draft: 0' 8" (0.20m)
Rig: Marconi
Centerboard: yes
Ballast: None
Built for: Buffington, William Henry
Amount: $175.00

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 4 was added by CvdL because she was built like as #492 which was based on the Coquina model." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. October 10, 2014.)

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.


Nathanael G. Herreshoff

"[Copyright-restricted content.]" (Source: Herreshoff, Nathanael G. Diary, 1899. Manuscript (excerpts). Access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff.)

Other Modern Text Source(s)

"I want to tell you about the most fascinating interview I have ever had in my 20 plus years selling industries in the three lower New England states.
Through Mrs Audrey Baker Cochrane, the granddaughter of William Henry Buffington, an appointment was arranged for the three of us to sit down and chat; and that we did. Mr Buffington has a wealth of information gained over these past 102 years. He kept my pencil moving, and I have a lot to share with you. It was a most unbelievable pleasure to have found this gentleman (present holder of Bristol's Gold Cane since June 1978) so alert, observant and sprightly. He has some difficulty hearing, but he walked easily around his home. He told me how his father had made house calls with Dr Drury, who lived at the southwest corner of State and High Sts. He was so good medically that he cured many people, and could have been a doctor as well as a druggist. His father, when 12 years old, had to spend a year in the hospital because some boy jumped on his back while he was sliding on State St.
Mr B and the bank had the first two telephones in this town. His neighbors, the Herreshoffs, used Mr B's phone.
Mr B had a dinghy class Herreshoff sail boat. He became very professional with it because the great boat designer Nat Herreshoff chose to sail with him and reveal some of his sailing secrets. He had boats from the age of six. ...
Mr B's father (who died in 1910) started his drug business with a store on State St built in 1867 where County Cleaners is now. He later moved to Hope St where Buffington's Pharmacy is till located in what he considered 'the center of Bristol'. ..." (Source: Walker, James W. "Buffington Recounts Local Lore for Tricentennial." Bristol Phoenix, May 15, 1980, p. 26-27.)


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: Spritsail
Length: 11'7"
Owner: Buffington, W. H.

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

Name: Spritsail
Type: 11' 7" spritsail
Owner: W. H. Buffington
Row No.: 651

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

Year: 1899
E/P/S: S
No.: 0500
LW: 11' 7"
B: 4' 6"
D: 8"
Rig: Spritsail
CB: y
Ballast: none
Amount: 175.00
Last Name: Buffington
First Name: W. H.

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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Research Note(s)

"W. H. BUFFINGTON, Registered Pharmacist, No. 135 Hope Street." (Source: Anon. Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Rhode Island, being the city of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, Newport, Narragansett Pier, Bristol & Westerly. New York: A. F. Parsons Publishing Co., 1892, p. 275., retrieved February 13, 2011.)

"Drawer 75-57 [later renamed 28-15]. Ordered 1899
Buffington #500. Page 144
Waterline 11ft-7in. Beam 4ft-6in. Draft 8in.
Rig: Leg of mutton. Keel or centerboard: Daggerboard.
Note: Like 492 [#492s Dinghy for #493s Jilt]. for W. Buffington. of moulds of sailing tender for str. 164 [#189102es Dinghy for #164p Javelin]. sheer raised." (Source: Anon [Herreshoff Manufacturing Company staff with additions by MIT Museum curators William A. Baker and others]. Vessel Name Index Card from the Series I Catalog Cards, s. v. "Buffington". Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections, MIT Museum, Cambridge, Mass. No date [ca. 1900 or earlier until ca. 1930s, with later additions by non-Herreshoff staff].)

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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