HMCo #719s Vagrant II

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Particulars

Construction_Record_Title.jpgName: Vagrant II
Type: Aux. Schooner
Designed by: NGH
Contract: 1912-11-2
Launch: 1913-5-17
Construction: Steel
LOA: 109' 0" (33.22m)
LWL: 79' 1" (24.10m)
Beam: 23' 8" (7.21m)
Draft: 14' 4" (4.37m)
Rig: Schooner
Displ.: 134.0 short tons (121.6 metric tons)
Keel: yes
Ballast: Lead outside
Propulsion: Gasoline, 45 h.p.
Built for: Vanderbilt, Harold S.
Amount: $70,000.00
Note(s) in HMCo Construction Record: Cabins extra
Current owner: Private Owner, Trieste, Italy (last reported 2018 at age 105)

See also:
#284p [Power Launch for #719s Vagrant II] (1912)
#191306es [Dinghy for #719s Vagrant II] (1913)
#191304ep [Power Launch for #719s Vagrant II] (1913)
#191307es [Sailing Cutter for #719s Vagrant II] (1913)

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 (134) from the 1915 List of Merchant Vessels of the U.S. (Gross Register Tons were reported as 178) 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.


Text

Nathanael G. Herreshoff

"[Copyright-restricted content.]" (Source: Herreshoff, Nathanael G. Diary, 1912 to 1919. Manuscript (excerpts). Diary access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff.)

"In the fall of 1912, we had orders for the noted New York Yacht Club Fifty Foot Class, and also VAGRANT 2nd for Harold Vanderbilt." (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. 72.)

L. Francis Herreshoff

"For the season of 1913 Captain Nat designed the steel schooner 'Vagrant' of eighty-five foot rating for Harold S. Vanderbilt. This was the second schooner this owner had had named 'Vagrant,' and her principal dimensions were, L.O.A., one hundred and nine feet; L.W.L., eighty feet; beam, twenty-four feet ten inches; draft, fourteen feet ten inches. 'Vagrant' was built to Lloyd's rules of construction as a 100 A-l vessel so was comparatively heavy, but though not particularly handsome, on account of her rather straight shear; she nevertheless proved to be so well liked that there were eventually two others like her built. They were the 'Mariette,' built in 1916 for J. F. Brown of Boston (afterward named 'Cleopatra's Barge') and the 'Ohonkara,' built in 1920 for Carl Tucker of New York. These three steel schooners were particularly able and comfortable and had a lot of accommodation. It might be said that Harold Vanderbilt first took to racing seriously when he owned this 'Vagrant,' and he won the Astor Cup with her in 1921, 1922, and 1925, as well as the King's Cup in 1925, and many other yacht club runs."(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. 282.)

Other Contemporary Text Source(s)

"BRISTOL, R I, Sept 28 [1912]--- There is a probability that an order will be placed with the Herreshoffs this Fall for a new racing 75-foot schooner for class B to be built of steel and wood during the Winter, for a racing man of the New York Yacht Club. Designer Herreshoff has drawn the plans, but the order has not been placed thus far. ... " (Source: Anon. "Bristol Notes." Boston Globe, September 29, 1912, p. 61.)

"BRISTOL, R I, Nov 30 [1912] --- ... The Herreshoffs are preparing to mold the lead keel for the Harold S. Vanderbilt schooner yacht, for which the steel frames are almost shaped. ..." (Source: Anon. "Bristol Notes." Boston Globe, December 1, 1912, p. 51.)

"The casting of the lead keel for Harold S. Vanderbilt's new racing schooner was successfully accomplished last Friday [November 29, 1912] afternoon, under the supervision of Designer Nat Herreshoff. About 80 tons of metal were used. The work of setting up the frames began yesterday. The craft will have a 78 foot waterline." (Source: Anon. "Bristol and Vicinity." Bristol Phoenix, December 3, 1912, p. 2.)

"BRISTOL, R I, May 10 [1913] --- The new Vanderbilt schooner Vagrant, which was to be launched by Herreshoff today, is to be put overboard next Saturday, May 17. The craft is after the model of the old schooner Vagrant, with improved lines." (Source: Anon. "Bristol Notes." Boston Globe, May 11, 1913, p. 51.)

"Special to The New York Times. BRISTOL, R.I., May 17 [1913]. --- The Vagrant II, a new steel racing and cruising schooner, the finest yacht in construction ever produced in Bristol, and owned by Harold S. Vanderbilt, was successfully launched this morning at 10 o clock from the Herreshoff shops, Mr. Vanderbilt and party, including Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Iselin, Jr., J.H. Hollands, M. Blagdon, A. Johnson, and F.S. Von Stade, all of New York, being spectators.
Mrs. Iselin broke a bottle of champagne on the schooner's bow, christening the craft Vagrant II.
The schooner, which has handsome hull, is painted white above the water line, has a broad deck, and is double-riveted throughout. Her Lloyd register is A-Z.
Vagrant II will be enrolled in D class, New York Yacht Club, and will sail against Muriel, Elmina, and Princess in the Eastern Yacht Club cruise in July. It will then go to Europe and try for cups at Kiel and in the Solent.
The schooner is equipped with a 45-horse power engine for cruising, has a cold storage plant, and a sub-marine signal apparatus. She will carry a square sail forward and studding sails. The dimensions are: Over all, 108 feet; waterline, 82 feet; beam, 23 feet; and draught, 15 feet." (Source: Anon. "Vagrant II is Launched. Harold S. Vanderbilt's New Yacht To Race Here And Abroad." May 18, 1913, p. S1.)

"Rear Commodore Harold S. Vanderbilt's schooner Vagrant is fitted with a 70-horsepower engine. This engine is placed under the steel floor of the saloon and is reached by a shaft from the deck. At the entrance of this shaft is painted in Iarge letters, 'No admittance. No smoking.'" (Source: Anon. "Yachts and Yachtsmen." Boston Daily Globe, June 13, 1915, p. 53.)

"... Harold Vanderbilt's auxiliary schooner Vagrant was at Herreshoffs the first of last week for a new suit of sails. This was the first appearance of the Vagrant at Bristol in two years and she attracted considerable attention owing to being painted a battleship gray. ..." (Source: Anon. "Notes From The Week's Log." Boston Globe, June 20, 1915, p. 59.)

"Harold G. Vanderbilt's schooner yacht Vagrant arrived in Bristol, Sunday [May 7, 1916] morning and is anchored off the Herreshoff's boat shop. The Vagrant, which was built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, has been in Southern waters during the winter. She is to be overhauled." (Source: Anon. "Bristol and Vicinity." Bristol Phoenix, May 9, 1916, p. 2.)

"... Rear Commodore Harold S. Vanderbilt of the New York Yacht Club brought his auxiliary schooner Vagrant to Bristol last Monday for the final finishing. Since the Vagrant's return from a southern cruise the war paint, by which the yacht has been known since she was launched, has been transformed to a clear white. While at Bristol Mr Vanderbilt inspected his new 63-foot power tender [Magistrate #301p], built by Herreshoff this Winter. ..." (Source: Anon. "Yachts and Yachtsmen." Boston Daily Globe, May 14, 1916, p. 48.)

"The season of 1926 promises to be the greatest for schooner racing for many and many a year. The Advance, John S. Lawrence's new schooner, the yacht of the 1925 season [which had been designed by Burgess, Swasey & Payne and built by Anker & Jensen in Norway], with her new rig of staysails on the foremast in place of a gaff foresail, added much to the interest of the racing of the two-stickers last Summer.
As a result both the Resolute and [William Gardner-designed] Vanitie, America Cup sloops of 1914 and 1920, are to come out for the racing of 1926 under schooner rig with jib-headed mainstails and staysails between the two masts. The Resolute, which her new owner, E. Walter Clark, will race under that name, is being overhauled, strengthened, changed to schooner rig, and fitted below decks for cruising at Herreshoffs. ...
Ex-Commodore Harold S. Vanderbilt's schooner Vagrant, which did so well on the New York cruise and especially so in the Astor Cup and King's Cup matches off Newport last season, with the old gaff mainsail, is also at Herreshoff's for a change in rig to one similar to that of the Advance. Thus next season, if George L. Batchelder's new craft reaches this side of the Atlantic in time for the racing, there will be eight schooners with the modern rig of racing --- John S. Lawrence's Advance, Winthrop W. Aldrich's Flying Cloud [designed by Gardner in 1913], Nathaniel F. Ayer's Queen Mab [#698s ex-Vagrant I], E. Walter Clark's Resolute [#725s], Harold S. Vanderbilt's Vagrant [#719s], Robert T. Tod's Vanitie, and Charles L. Harding's Wildfire [#891s]." (Source: Anon. "Yachts and Yachtsmen." Boston Globe, January 24, 1926, p. A52.)

"... Just before the close of the season [of 1925] Capt. George Munsell brought the Vagrant over from Greenport for a trial under her new rig. The tall Marconi mast was installed, and for a day or two she cruised about the Bay off Prudence Island under the sails which she will carry on the Eastern and New York Yacht Club runs next summer. ..." (Source: Swan, William Upham. "Busy Days at Bristol." Yachting, Janary 1926, p. 56-57.)

"The new mainmast for ex-Commodore Harold S Vanderbilt's racing schooner Vagrant was stepped at the wharf of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company recently.
The mast, which is a foot longer than the spar which is being made for the Resolute [#725s], is 140 feet from heel to truck, 19 1/2 inches in diameter at the spreaders and weighs 4210 pounds, the biggest ever made at the plant. When it was stepped about two tons of wire rigging was festooned about it so that the total weight picked up by the shears at the end of the wharf was considerably more than four tons.
Like all modern racing yachts masts, the stick is hollow, built up by what the sparmakers call the laminated process, and contains between 120 and 130 separate pieces of wood cemented together, 10 pieces forming the circumference, the pieces are of different lengths so that the splices will not be at the same point.
Vagrant was warped out to the end of the wharf under the shears and the mast was slung a little above the balance and as the head was hoisted, the heel slid slowly forward until it swung clear of the wharf and the immense stick hung practically perpendicular over the yacht's deck. Then the fall was eased away and guided by guys leading forward and to each side, the heel was dropped slowly through the deck and into the step in the keelson. The job took a little more than an hour.
Vagrant will be a different appearing craft this year. She was one of the comparatively few racing schooners last season that carried the old-time schooner rig with topmasts and a gaff headed mainsail. Most of the other schooners of the New York and Eastern Yacht Club fleets had adopted the pole masts and Marconi mainsail first used on Queen Mab [#698s ex-Vagrant I], and the [W. Starling Burgess-designed] Advance had gone them one better by substituting staysails between the masts for the old-time gaff headed foresail. Under the old rig, however, Vagrant had won the Astor Cup for schooners in 1921, 1922 and again in 1925, and the King's Cup in 1922 and 1925." (Source: Anon. "Big Mast Stepped." Bristol Phoenix, May 14, 1926, p. 6.)

"... Another big schooner out this Summer will be Harold S. Vanderbilt's Vagrant, but it is reported that she will not be raced. ... Vagrant was not out last season, as Ex-Commodore Vanderbilt's yachting was confined to the racing of the Class M sloop Prestige [#1058s]. ..." (Source: Anon. "Notes From The Week's Log." Boston Globe, May 6, 1928, p. B22.)

"... Vagrant (Motor Yacht [sic]) --- 178 gross, 126 net, built Bristol, R. I., 1913, was transferred July 11th [1938] by Harold S. Vanderbilt to Thomas F. Hamilton. ..." (Source: Anon. Marine Progress, 1938, vol 6, [p. 30?])

Other Modern Text Source(s)

"Early in 1940, Thomas F. Hamilton began to acquire on the Pacific Coast a fleet of yachts for an enterprise to be known as Malibu Yacht Charters. Yachts of every size and description were made available for experienced yachtsmen of for those who have always sought the thrill of sailing their own yacht. War came and Hamilton turned over to the Coast Guard and Navy twenty of these yachts.
With the end of the hostilities, the fleet came home for reconditioning and April, 1946, found Malibu Yacht Charters again in business with headquarters at 238 North Canon Drive, in Beverly Hills, with branch offices at Newport Beach, Calif., Seattle, Wash., with branch offices at Newport Beach, Calif., Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, B.C. The Malibu fleet now comprises some 65 yachts, a number of which are based at each of the above locations.
The flagship of the fleet is the 110' diesel yacht Malibu, Hamilton's own yacht in prewar days. In addition are the 112 diesel yachts Malibu Tilikum, Malibu Marlin, Malibu Tyer, Malibu Inez, and Princess Louisa Inlet, each powered by a 300 horse power diesel motor. Included in the fleet are the 146' auxiliary schooner Vega and the 128' auxiliary schooner Vagrant. The latter was bought from Harold S. Vanderbilt and sailed over to the Mediterranean just before the war. There she was caught by the German invasion. Now at Marseilles, she will be returned to America soon.
The remainder of the fleet is made up of fast Chris-Craft cruisers of various sizes, ranging from 25' to 50', for cruising and fishing in the protected inland waterways of British Columbia and the Pacific Coast. There's a boat in the fleet for every individual requirement for one or a couple or a group, from an afternoon sail to a cruise of a week, a month or longer. ..." (Source: Anon. "Malibu Yacht Charters Offers Pacific Coast Cruises." Yachting, 1947, vol. 81, [p276?].)

"Three new aluminium alloy spars for the 178 ton schooner Vagrant, built in 1913, will be half the weight of the old wooden spars. The spars now being completed by Ian Proctor Masts are for the 109 ft (33-1 m) schooner Vagrant, 178 tons, which is at Trieste on the Adriatic. She was built in 1913 for Mr Vanderbilt, designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff and built at his famous yard at Bristol, Rhode Island, USA. She carries over 7,000 sqft (650 sqm) of sail, but the new aluminum masts will weigh half the ..." (Source: Anon. "Big New Mast for an Old Yacht." Engineering, vol. 210, 1971, [p. 714?].)

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.

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Registers

1914 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3205)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker HMCo and R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]14 and [19]13; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Note: [Lloyds Classified]

1915 List of Merchant Vessels of the U.S.
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt
Official no. 211285; Type & Rig Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; Reg. Length 90.0; Extr. Beam 24.8; Depth 16.0
Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.

1917 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3257)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]16; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl. 5 1/2 x 6. 1915; Maker Sterling
Note: Detachable Propeller. [Lloyds Classified]

1920 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3132)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux. Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]20; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine Gas Eng. 4 St. 6 Cyl. 5 3/4 x 7. 1919; Maker Speedway
Note: Detachable Propeller. [Lloyds Classified]

1923 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3204)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux. Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]22; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl. 5 3/4 x 7. 1919; Maker Speedway
Note: Detachable Propeller. [Lloyds Classified]

1925 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3436)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux. Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]22; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl. 5 3/4 x 7. 1922; Maker Speedway
Note: Detachable Propeller. [Lloyds Classified]

1930 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#4488)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]26; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl 5 3/4 x 7. 1922; Maker Speedway
Note: Detachable Propeller. [Lloyds Classified]

1935 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#5002)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]26; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl 5 3/4 x 7. 1922; Maker Speedway
Note: Detachable Propeller. [Lloyds Classified]

1940 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#6503)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Thomas F. Hamilton; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]26; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl 5 3/4 x 7; Maker Speedway
Note: Elec. Light. Detachable Propeller. [Lloyds Classified]

1947 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#6328)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Thomas F. Hamilton; Port: New York
Official no. 211285; Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]26; Sail Area 7100
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl. 5 3/4 x 7; Maker Speedway
Note: Detachable Propeller N.E. 19 fitted 23. Elec. Light. [Lloyds Classified] [As per Lloyds Supplement, Alterations and Additions to Otober 1, 1940:] Owner Gerard Deloriol and/or l'Harpe & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland

1950 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#7011)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Comtesse Gerard de Loriol; Port: Monaco
Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]48, [19]49; Sail Area 7280
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine 2 Oil Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl 4 1/2 x 5. 1948; Maker General Motors
Note: Elec. Light. [Lloyds Classified]

1955 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#7639)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Vagrant Shipping Co., S.A.; Port: Genoa; Port of Registry: Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker Griffin [City Island, NY]; Sails made in [19]48, [19]49; Sail Area 7280
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine 2 Oil Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl 4 1/2 x 5. 1948; Maker General Motors
Note: [Lloyds Classified]

1960 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#8456)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Vagrant Shipping Co., S.A.; Port: Genoa; Port of Registry: Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker Griffin [City Island, NY]; Sails made in [19]48, [19]49; Sail Area 7280
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913-6 mo.
Engine 2 Oil Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl. 4 1/2 x 5. 1948; Maker General Motors
Note: Elec. Light. [Lloyds Classified]

1967 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#9985)
Name: Vagrant
Owner: Vagrant Shipping Co., S.A.; Port: Genoa; Port of Registry: Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker Griffin [City Island, NY]; Sails made in [19]48, [19]49; Sail Area 7280
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine 2 Oil Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl 4 1/2 x 5. 1948; Maker General Motors
Note: [Lloyds Classified]

1970 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#10401)
Name: Vagrant
Port: Genoa; Port of Registry: Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Building Material Steel; Type & Rig K[eel], FD [Flush Deck], Aux Sch[ooner]
Tons Gross 178; Tons Net 134; LOA 109-0; LWL 80-0; Extr. Beam 24-10; Depth 16-0; Draught 14-10
Sailmaker Griffin [City Island, NY]; Sails made in [19]48, [19]49; Sail Area 7280
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1913 6 mo.
Engine 2 Oil Eng. 4 Cyc. 6 Cyl. 4 1/2 x 5. 1948; Maker General Motors
Note: [Lloyds Classified]

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: 79'1"
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: 79' schooner
Owner: Harold S. Vanderbilt
Year: 1913
Row No.: 706

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: Nov
Day: 2
Year: 1912
E/P/S: S
No.: 0719
Name: Vagrant
LW: 79' 1"
B: 23' 8"
D: 14' 4"
Rig: Schr.
K: y
Ballast: Lead O.
Amount: 70000.00
Notes Constr. Record: Cabins extra
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.

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Research Note(s)

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

"[See also:] Specifications for all work and material required for the master's and guest's portions of cabins for Harold S. Vanderbilt by Walker & Gillette Co. In: Technical and Business Records pertaining to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Series VI, Folder HH.6.12 (Hull No. 719), Box HAFH.6.1B." (Source: Hasselbalch, Kurt and Frances Overcash and Angela Reddin: Guide to The Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Collection. Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections, MIT Museum, Cambridge, Mass., 1997, p. 63-79.)

"Major refit at Huismans in the Netherlands including new staysail schooner rig with new Rondal alumnium masts 2017/2018." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. December 18, 2017.)

"Built in 196 days (contract to launch; equivalent to $357/day, 1367 lbs displacement/day)." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. January 21, 2018.)

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