HMCo #698s Vagrant

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Particulars

Construction_Record_Title.jpgName: Vagrant
Later Name(s): Queen Mab (1914-1984), Vagrant of Burnham (1985-)
Type: Schooner
Designed by: NGH
Contract: 1910-3-23
Launch: 1910-6-15
Construction: Composite
LOA: 76' (23.16m)
LWL: 56' (17.07m)
Beam: 17' 8" (5.38m)
Draft: 10' 8" (3.25m)
Rig: Schooner
Displ.: 49.0 short tons (44.5 metric tons)
Keel: yes
Ballast: Lead outside
Built for: Vanderbilt, Harold S.
Amount: $26,800.00
Note(s) in HMCo Construction Record: Now "Queen Mab"
Current owner: Private Owner, Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan (last reported 2017 at age 107)

See also:
#191003es [Dinghy for #698s Vagrant] (1910)
#191004es [Dinghy for #698s Vagrant] (1910)

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.
"In the absence of better available data displacement was estimated by using the figure for Net Register Tons (49) from the 1912 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (Gross Register Tons were reported as 63) and converting to lbs by dividing through 2000 (short tons). Note that this figure can only be a rough estimate because register tons as reported in Yacht Registers correlate only loosely with actual displacement figures." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. March 17, 2015.)


Model

Model #218

Model number: 218
Model location: H.M.M. Model Room South Wall Center

Vessels from this model:
4 built, modeled by NGH
#191606es [Unbuilt 56ft LWL Schooner Yacht] (1916)
#698s Vagrant (1910, Extant)
#719s Vagrant II (1913, Extant)
#772s Mariette (1916, Extant)
#827s Ohonkara (1920)

Original text on model:
"#698 Scale 1/2" March 1910 VAGRANT
719 Scale 3/8" with length ?? 21/26 VAGRANT (second)
772 ditto all MARIETTE OHONKARA" (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)

Model Description:
"56' lwl Vagrant, schooner-yacht of 1910 of composite (steel frame, wood planking) construction. Also, with change in scale, the 79'1" lwl riveted steel schooner Vagrant (II) of 1913, and her near sisters the 80' lwl Mariette of 1916 and Ohonkara of 1919." (Source: Bray, Maynard. 2004.)

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.


Offsets

Offset booklet number(s): HH.4.172

Offset booklet contents:
#698 [56' w.l. schooner Vagrant].


Source: Hasselbalch, Kurt with Frances Overcash and Angela Reddin. Guide to The Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Collection. Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections, MIT Museum, Cambridge, Mass., 1997, p. 32-43.

Raw Offset Info Database Entry

Microfilm Reel No. (Hart Nautical Offset Info): HAFH.4.8B
Box No. (Hart Nautical Offset Info): HAFH.4.8B
Acc. No. (Hart Nautical Offset Info): HH.4.172
Vessel Descr. (Hart Nautical Offset Info): #698 [56' w.l. schooner Vagrant]

Text

Nathanael G. Herreshoff

"[Copyright-restricted content.]" (Source: Herreshoff, Nathanael G. Diary, 1910 to 1936. Manuscript (excerpts). Diary access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff.)

"In 1910, the fine schooner WESTWARD was built for A. S. Cochran to race abroad. ... WESTWARD was immediately followed by setting up VAGRANT (QUEEN MAB) for Harold Vanderbilt, [a] fifty-six feet [waterline] composite schooner." (Source: Herreshoff, N. G. "Some of the Boats I Have Sailed In." Written 1934. In: Pinheiro, Carlton J. (ed.). Recollections and Other Writings by Nathanael G. Herreshoff. Bristol, 1998, p. 71.)

"N. G. HERRESHOFF 6 WALLEY STREET BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND May 12, 1936. {1936/05/12} Dear Francis, ... 'Queen Mab' is just launched and will be Flag-ship of New York Y.C. Swan has looked up her record, finding over 180 prizes to her credit, of which nearly 120 were 'firsts' [Vertical note in left margin] ... Your affect Father." (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 12: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

L. Francis Herreshoff

"... we must go back to 1910 again for late that winter, after 'Westward' was well under way, Harold Vanderbilt, who was then a student at Harvard Law School, ordered from Captain Nat a small composite-built schooner which was completed very rapidly. I think she was put together in about two months although she lasted well. This was the first 'Vagrant' whose general dimensions were: L.O.A., seventy-six feet; L.W.L., fifty-six feet; beam, seventeen feet six inches; draft, ten feet six inches. At that time Harold Vanderbilt was not much of a racing man and he used her mostly for cruising, but right after World War I, when owned by Nathaniel F. Ayer and under the name of 'Queen Mab,' she came out with a new rig designed by Captain Nat that had a leg-o'-mutton mainsail, and I believe was about the first American schooner with track and slides on the luff of mainsail ... Captain Nat was the first to develop a satisfactory track and slide for a vessel of this type, and 'Queen Mab' did very well in racing for the next few years although originally she had been built mostly for cruising." (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. 279-280.)

Other Contemporary Text Source(s)

"Harold Stirling Vanderbilt has placed an order with the Herreshoffs for a seventy-foot racing and cruising yacht. Mr. Vanderbilt, who, while still a Harvard undergraduate, owned and raced the forty-five-foot Trivia, a Herreshoff production, launched in 1902, wants a bigger boat with both racing and ocean cruising capabilities.
The terms of the order were that the new craft must be ready to go into commission before the end of next June, when her owner intends to use her for an extended cruise in foreign waters. She will be constructed of wood, with oaken keel and timbers, hard pine planking, and a teak deck. Her water line length will be fifty-seven feet, with moderate overhangs.
Her crew will consist of seven men, sufficient to handle her contemplated spread of 7,000 square feet of canvas. She will not be much, if at all, over six feet in draught and will be schooner rigged." (Source: Anon. "New Vanderbilt Yacht. Harold Gives Herreshoffs an Order for a Seventy-Footer." New York Times, March 30, 1910, p. 13.)

"The lead keel was run this morning at the south shop of the Herrrehoff Manufacturing Company, for the new 56 foot cruising schooner, to be built for Harold Vanderbilt." (Source: Anon. "Bristol and Vicinity." Bristol Phoenix, April 8, 1910, p. 2.)

"BRISTOL, R I. April 30 [1910] --- Harold S. Vanderbilt's cruising schooner is to have speed by the layout of the model, as noted the past week. The frames were set up the past week, with the exception of a small section aft, which will go up as soon as the sternboard is fitted. The boat will be ready the latter part of June." (Source: Anon. "Bristol Notes." Boston Globe, May 1, 1910, p. 57.)

"BRISTOL, R.I., June 15 [1910] --- The Vagrant, a schooner yacht built for Harold Vanderbilt of New York, was successfully launched here to-day. The boat embraces both the cruising and racing types, and is entered in the Atlantic Yacht Club's ocean race from New York to Bermuda, on June 25." (Source: Anon. "H. Vanderbilt's Vagrant Launched." New York Times, June 16, 1910, p. 11.)

"Harold S. Vanderbilt's new schooner yacht Vagrant was given a trial spin Friday [June 17, 1910] and gave satisfaction to her designer Nat Herreshoff. Mr. Vanderbilt was not on board but is expected to take the boat to New York tomorrow." (Source: Anon. "Bristol and Vicinity." Bristol Phoenix, June 21, 1910, p. 2.)

"Work of rigging and fitting the new schooner yacht Vagrant, which was launched at Herreshoffs' yard at Bristol last week, has been hurried, and there promises to be no let-up until Harold S. Vanderbilt, the owner, has had the boat transferred to him, so as to start in the Atlantic Yacht Club's Bermuda race on next Saturday [June 21, 1910] afternoon. It was the original intention to have the Vagrant ready for trial to-day, and then send her to New York to-morrow to be fitted with stores for the Bermuda race.
It was part of the plan to allow the entire finishing of the interior of the cabins and other work below decks to remain until the off-shore race for which purpose the craft was built is over and the Vagrant returns from the South. Only the work most necessary for carrying sail and enduring the seas between the New England coast and Bermuda was to be hurried along, the owner and his friends accommodating themselves to such conditions on board as are found ready." (Source: Anon. "Hurry Work On Vagrant. Vanderbilt's New Yacht Must Be Ready to Race on Saturday. " New York Times, June 21, 1910, p. 11.)

"The schooner yacht Vagrant, owned by Harold Vanderbilt, which has been undergoing repairs at the Herreshoff boat shops, sailed Wednesday [July 27, 1910] for Newport, where her owner will board her for a cruise." (Source: Anon. "Bristol and Vicinity." Bristol Phoenix, July 29, 1910, p. 2.)

"No. 4513 --- For Sale --- At a reasonable figure, modern keel flush deck schooner yacht, Vagrant, 76 ft. 9 in. o. a., 56 ft. 6 in. w. I., 17 ft. 6 in. beam, 10 ft. 8 in. draught. Designed and built by Herreshoff in 1910; 28 tons of lead ballast. Has two complete suits of working sails, full set of light sails, two spinnakers and two ballooners; spinnaker pole and club topsail; one suit new, 1912, by Ratsey. Commodious owner's quarters, consisting of large saloon with sofa accommodations for three, two staterooms, one having two berths; two w.c.'s and washroom in which a bath could easily be installed. Good size galley, captain's room and forecastle with six berths. Headroom 6 ft. 6 in. Carries two boats, one 12-ft. dinghy and 14-ft. sailboat with centerboard. 775-gal. water tank. Run with crew of six. Equipment complete and of the very best. Yacht in excellent condition and has been very successful in racing, as well as being a very able and seaworthy cruiser. Winner of New York-Bermuda 1910 Race, and of many of the squadron runs of the New York and Eastern Y. C. cruises. This is an exceptional opportunity to purchase the best of the smaller schooner yachts. Further particulars, plans, etc., from Tarns, Lemoine & Crane, 52 Pine Street, New York City." (Source: Rudder, March 1913, p. 196.)

"... Harold S. Vanderbilt has sold his first schooner Vagrant, along with five cups that the vessel won in past contests, to Hendon Chubb of the New York Yacht Club. The Vagrant was designed and built by Herreshoff in 1910. She is 76 feet over all, 55 feet waterline, 17 feet 6 inches beam, and 10 feet 8 inches draft. ..." (Source: Anon. "Notes of The Week's Log." Boston Globe, February 15, 1914, p. 39.)

"... Tams, Lemoine & Crane announce that they have sold Commodore H. S. Vanderbilt's schooner Vagrant, the first of that name, to Hudson [sic, i.e. Hendon] Chubb, of the Atlantic Yacht Club. Vagrant is 76 feet long overall, was built by Herreshoff in 1910, and in that year won the Bermuda race." (Source: Anon. "Some Recent Yacht Sales." Yachting, March 1914, p. 170.)

"... The schooner Vagrant, recently purchased by Hendon Chubb from Harold S. Vanderbilt, has been renamed Queen Mab. ..." (Source: Anon. "Yachts and Yachtsmen." Boston Daily Globe, March 1, 1914, p. 37.)

"Nathaniel F. Ayer of the Eastern Yacht Club, who purchased last year from Robert Saltonstall the 45-foot waterline auxiliary schooner Carolina, has sold this yacht to H. G. MacDougall of the Boston Yacht Club. He has replaced the Caroline by the purchase of the 57-foot waterline schooner Queen Mab from Reginald C. Robbins of Boston. The Queen Mab was the first Vagrant, built by Herreshoff for Harold S. Vanderbilt in 1910. Both transactions, were made through the agency of John G. Alden." (Source: Anon. "Notes from the Week's Log." Boston Globe, April 24, 1921, p. 57.)

"... Rear Commodore Nathaniel P. Ayer's racing schooner Queen Mab was put over from Herreshoff's at Bristol the first of last week. This schooner appears this season with an entirely new rig, as she has been given a jib-headed mainsail. Her owner is the first to try this so-called 'Marconi' rig on a two sticker. It has proved much faster with single masted yachts and should likewise add speed to a schooner. ..." (Source: Anon. "Notes From The Week's Log." Boston Globe, May 7, 1922, p. 55.)

"Horace Binney's 56-foot waterline schooner Queen Mab made a fine run around Cape Cod, Newport to Marblehead, last Tuesday. Leaving Newport at noon Tuesday in a 20-knot South wester, the schooner carried the breeze all the way until she passed the Highlands and entered Massachusetts Bay where a Westerly was picked up. At daylight the Queen Mab was off Minot's Light and was at anchor in Marblehead Harbor by seven Wednesday morning." (Source: Anon. "Notes from the Week's Log." Boston Globe, July 4, 1926, p. B51.)

Other Modern Text Source(s)

"... Coming events cast their shadows before, or something like that. So, one of these days in the not too distant future, W. A. W. Stewart, vice commodore of the New York Yacht Club, may be putting another star on his hat and hoisting the commodore's blue flag to the main truck of the famous racing schooner Queen Mab.
There has been unusual activity in the fall yachting market and no transfer is more interesting than that of Queen Mab to Mr. Stewart's ownership from the flag of Horace Binney, of Newport, R. I. She was originally Vagrant, the first of the two schooners of that name built by Herreshoff for Harold Vanderbilt. Built in 1910, Queen Mab has proved fast and able in both cruising and racing on the Atlantic Coast under several owners. She won the Astor Cup in 1915 for Hendon Chubb and was flagship of the Eastern Yacht Club when Nathaniel Ayer was commodore.
Her transfer to Mr. Stewart will revive interest in the racing schooner division of the New York's annual cruise. This class has been in the doldrums for several years, a great majority of the two-stickers on the club's squadron runs being enrolled in the cruising group. ..." (Source: Morris, Everett B. "With The Windjammers." Motor Boating, July 1935, p. 37.)

"Commodore W. A. W. Stewart's schooner, Queen Mab, flagship of the New York Yacht Club fleet, will be out with a new racing rig this Summer. Changes include a taller fore mast, shorter bowsprit and shorter mainboom, alterations similar to those on some of the ocean racing schooners of the last season or two." (Source: Ramsay, Jack. "Sails, Spars and Gadgets." Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 9, 1937, p. 23.)

"... [Stored in the sheds of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company during the hurricane of 1938] Commodore W. A. W. Stewart’s schooner the Queen Mab [#698s ex-Vagrant I], the flagship of the New York Yacht Club; the M class sloop, the Carolina [#721s], owned by R.V.N. Gambrill of Newport, and some others had supporting shores washed out and were eased down on their bilges, while Harold S. Vanderbilt’s M class yacht, the Prestige [#1058s] was left upright on her cradle. ..." (Source: Bristol Phoenix, September 30, 1938. Quoted in: Simpson, Richard, V. "The Great Hurricane and Tidal Wave of 1938: Scenes of the Disaster in Rhode Island's East Bay." Roger Williams University, Bristol, 2012. http://docs.rwu.edu/hurricane_1938/1, retrieved April 12, 2014.)

"Of the five early winners [of the Bermuda Race] one other [besides the first winner, Tamerlane] is still active --- very active. This is Queen Mab, a 78-foot schooner now belonging to Robert L. Pringle and Phyllis B. Brunson of Los Angeles. Her original name was Vagrant and her first owner was Harold S. Vanderbilt, later a three-time defender of the America's Cup in the J boats, Enterprise (1930), Rainbow (1934) and Ranger (1937).
Product of Herreshoff
Vagrant was a product of Nathaniel Herreshoff, considered by many to be the foremost of American yacht designers, and she was built in the Herreshoff yard at Bristol, R.I., 58 years ago.
Vanderbilt kept the name Vagrant for his yachts and so he changed the schooner's name to Queen Mab when he sold her in 1913. She had four owners in the East before going to the West Coast in 1949. Pringle became her master in 1954 and did extensive rehabilitation.
He states that she is in 'excellent' shape and projects that she will go on 'indefinitely' under proper care. She is used for cruising and racing, sailing out of Long Beach, Calif. Racing? Yes, indeed. She has been in eight Honolulu races with the ninth slated for the summer of 1969." (Source: Wallace, William N. "Longevity Marks Bermuda Victors. 16 of 22 Yachts That Won Race are Still Active. New York Times, March 31, 1968, p. B1.)

"Jeremiah and Rose Sullivan have laid up the 78' Herreshoff-designed and built QUEEN MAB at the Nantucket Boat Basin and are 'on the beach' for the winter, having lived aboard the QUEEN the past four years sailing about the South Pacific and U. S. West Coast. Last spring they transited the Panama Canal and brought the vessel north to Nantucket. An Atlantic crossing to Ireland is planned for the future." (Source: Burke, John. "Cape and Island News." Wooden Boat #39, March/April 1981, p. 21.)

Further Reading
  • Taglang, Jacques. Mariette and the Herreshoff Schooners. Two vols. Eynesse, 2010.
    Vessel biographies, large-scale sail and lines plans reproduced from original HMCo plans. The definitive book on Herreshoff schooners.

Images

Registers

1912 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3174)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt; Port: New York
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 76-0; LWL 56-0; Extr. Beam 17-6; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]12
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910

1914 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#2550)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Hendon Chubb; Port: New York
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 76-0; LWL 56-0; Extr. Beam 17-6; Depth 11-4; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]16
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910

1915 List of Merchant Vessels of the U.S.
Name: Queen Mab
Owner: Hendon Chubb; Port: New York, N.Y.
Official no. 207589; Type & Rig Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; Reg. Length 62.8; Extr. Beam 17.8; Depth 11.4
Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910

1917 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#2569)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Reginald C. Robbins; Port: Marblehead, Mass.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-4; LWL 56-3; Extr. Beam 17-5; Depth 11-4; Draught 10-7
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]16; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910

1920 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#2433)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Reginald C. Robbins; Port: Marblehead
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-4; LWL 56-3; Extr. Beam 17-6; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]16; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910

1923 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#2455)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Nathaniel F. Ayer; Port: Boston
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-4; LWL 56-3; Extr. Beam 17-5; Depth 11-4; Draught 10-7
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]22; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910

1925 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#2637)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Nathaniel F. Ayer; Port: Boston
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-4; LWL 56-3; Extr. Beam 17-6; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]24; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910

1928 List of Merchant Vessels of the U.S. (#808.28)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Horace Binney, 12 LeRoy Avenue; Port: Newport, R.I.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Composite; Type & Rig Ga.s. [Gasoline engine, screw]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; Reg. Length 62.8; Extr. Beam 17.8; Depth 11.4
Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Horsepower: 40
Note: Crew: 5

1930 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3420)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Horace Binney; Port: Newport, R.I.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-4; LWL 56-3; Extr. Beam 17-5; Depth 11-4; Draught 10-7
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]24; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Gas Eng.
Note: Power inst. 1926

1935 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3852)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Horace Binney; Port: Newport, R.I.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-0; LWL 56-3; Extr. Beam 17-5; Depth 11-4; Draught 10-7
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]30; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Oil Eng. Gas Eng.
Note: Power inst. 1926

1940 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#4989)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Sumner Pingree; Port: Marblehead; Port of Registry: Salem, Mass.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-0; LWL 56-0; Extr. Beam 17-0; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]38; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Oil Eng. 2 Cyc. 3 Cyl. 4 1/2 x 5. 1939; Maker Gray
Note: Power inst. 1926. lrp. [large repairs] 1939

1947 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#4818)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: James B. Crocket; Port: North Haven, Me.; Port of Registry: Salem, Mass.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-0; LWL 56-0; Extr. Beam 17-0; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker Cooney; Sails made in [19]41; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Oil Eng. 2 Cyc. 3 Cyl. 4 1/2 x 5. 1939; Maker Gray
Note: Power inst. 1926. lrp. [large repairs] 1939.

1950 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#5287)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Stanley Runyan; Port: Los Angeles, Cal.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-0; LWL 56-0; Extr. Beam 17-0; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker Cooney; Sails made in [19]41; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Oil Eng. 2 Cyc. 3 Cyl. 4 1/2 x 5. 1948; Maker General Motors
Note: Power inst. 1926. lrp. [large repairs] 1939.

1955 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#5753)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Phyllis B. Brunson. Robert L. Pringle; Port: Los Angeles, Cal.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-0; LWL 61-0; Extr. Beam 17-0; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker Watts; Sails made in [19]52; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Oil Eng. 2 Cyc. 3 Cyl. 4 1/2 x 5. 1948; Maker General Motors
Note: Power inst. 1926. lrp. [large repairs] 1939.

1960 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#6344)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Phyllis B. Brunson. Robert L. Pringle; Port: Los Angeles, Cal.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Comp[osite]; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-11; LWL 67-6; Extr. Beam 17-0; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker Watts; Sails made in [19]57; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Oil Eng. 2 Cyc. 3 Cyl. 4 1/2 x 5. 1948; Maker General Motors
Note: Power inst. 1926. lrp. [large repairs] 1939.

1975 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#5834)
Name; Former Name(s): Queen Mab; Vagrant
Owner: Robert L. Pringle; Port: Los Angeles, Cal.
Official no. 207589; Building Material Composite; Type & Rig Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 63; Tons Net 49; LOA 77-11; LWL 67-6; Extr. Beam 17-0; Depth 11-5; Draught 10-8
Sailmaker Watts; Sails made in [19]60; Sail Area 3875
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1910
Engine Oil Eng. 6 Cy.; Maker Gen. Motors
Note: Aux eng inst. [19]26. lrp. [large repairs] 1939.
Owned by Jeremiah and Rose Sullivan in 1981.

Source: Various Yacht Lists and Registers. For complete biographical information see the Herreshoff Catalogue Raisonné under Data Sources. Note that this section shows only snapshots in time and should not be considered a provenance, although it can help creating one.

Supplement

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: Vagrant
Type: Schooner
Length: 56'
Owner: Vanderbilt, H. S.

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: Vagrant
Type: 56' schooner
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt
Year: 1910
Row No.: 705

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: Mar
Day: 23
Year: 1910
E/P/S: S
No.: 0698
Name: Vagrant
LW: 56'
B: 17' 8"
D: 10' 8"
Rig: Schr
K: y
Ballast: Lead O.
Amount: 26800.00
Notes Constr. Record: Now "Queen Mab."
Last Name: Vanderbilt
First Name: H. S.

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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Research Note(s)

"Universal Rule Class F." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. March 7, 2009.)

"In 1922, Queen Mab, ex-Vagrant I, then under the ownership of Nathaniel Ayer, was converted to a Marconi rig (still with gaff foresail) which apparently made her the first major American schooner to switch from a gaff to a Marconi mainsail." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. November 18, 2014.)

"Built in 84 days (contract to launch; equivalent to $319/day, 1167 lbs displacement/day)." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. January 21, 2018.)

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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