HMCo #907s Pleasure

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Particulars

Construction_Record_Title.jpgName: Pleasure
Later Name(s): Mumsey [Mumsy] (1930s-1970s), Pleasure (1970s-)
Type: Aux. Sloop
Designed by: NGH
Contract: 1924-10-8
Launch: 1925-1-24
Construction: Wood
LOA: 30' 0" (9.14m)
LWL: 24' 5" (7.44m)
Beam: 8' 2" (2.49m)
Draft: 2' 6" (0.76m)
Rig: Marconi Sloop (yawl 1926-1928)
Sail Area: 460sq ft (42.7sq m)
Displ.: 7,194 lbs (3,263 kg)
Keel: yes
Centerboard: yes
Ballast: N/A
Built for: Herreshoff, N. G. [Herreshoff Mfg. Co.]
Amount: $5,340.94
Note(s) in HMCo Construction Record: For N.G.H.'s use in Florida.
Current owner: Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol, RI (last reported 2018 at age 93)

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.
Sail area from Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 1: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff, May 6, 1925.
"Displacement 112.4 cubic foot from note in N. G. Herreshoff design notebook." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. October 12, 2012.)


Model

Model #23

Model number: 23
Model location: H.M.M. Model Room East Wall

Vessels from this model:
2 built, modeled by NGH
#193007es Tern (1930)
#907s Pleasure (1925, Extant)
#1002s Gee Whiz [Geewhiz] (1926, Extant)

Original text on model:
"#907 1924 launched Miami January 24, 1925 scale 1" PLEASURE" (Source: Original handwritten annotation on model. Undated.)

Model Description:
"#907 Pleasure, 30' loa keel/centerboard sloop (later yawl) of 1925." (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.4.189

Offset booklet contents:
#907, #1002 [30' l.oa. sloop/yawl Pleasure, 33' 6" l.o.a. yawl Gee Whiz].


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.4.9B
Box No. (Hart Nautical Offset Info): HAFH.4.9B
Acc. No. (Hart Nautical Offset Info): HH.4.189
Vessel Descr. (Hart Nautical Offset Info): #907, #1002 [30' l.oa. sloop/yawl Pleasure, 33' 6" l.o.a. yawl Gee Whiz]

Text

Nathanael G. Herreshoff

"N. G. Herreshoff "Fair Haven" Cocoanut Grove, Florida March 19 1925 {1925/03/19} Dear Francis ... I have a very good boat here [on Biscayne Bay], built at the shop and sent by rail here this winter - Name "Pleasure" - 30' OA. 24 1/2 wl. 2'6" draft." (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 1: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"N. G. Herreshoff "Fair Haven" Cocoanut Grove, Florida May 6. 1925. {1925/05/06} Dear Francis. ... the design I have made for Messrs Nichols + Morgan [#932s Game Cock] ... is [p3] being built in the ordinary way, without any novelties, except (if he decided to carry out my design.) The mast will be somewhat heavier and much stiffer than usual. with no spreaders and only a single shrouds and headstay - and the usual back stays. or "runners". I rigged my boat "Pleasure" that way and it is most satisfactory, springing just enough in a breeze to flatten the sail a little. Pleasure is a very comfortable boat and apparently sails well. Is 30' O.A. [over all] 24 1/2" l.w.l. [length at waterline] 8'4" beam and 2' 6" draft. - 460 sqft sail. Has a very comfortable cabin, which is long enough for a better berth each side. and at aft end, next to entrance a small aux. motor on one side and alcohol stove + shelves for dishes & c the other. The w.c. is just forward of mast at one side and the cabin trunk extends over it with a hatch just forwards of the jibsheet traveler. ... Your father -- Nathl. G. Herreshoff." (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 1: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"Coconut Grove, Jany 23 1926. {1926/01/23} [sic, i.e. 1927] N. G. Herreshoff Bristol, R. I. Dear Francis, ... I have my boat "Pleasure" in commission and do some sailing. but [after the great Miami hurricane] it is not what it used to be, - as the water is still thick so bottom cannot be seen, and knowing that between 50 and 100 craft have disappeared and probably sunk in the bay, one does not feel safe from fouling them. Also I suppose I am getting too old for the sport. Therefore I would like to sell "Pleasure", and if you hear of any one wanting a good boat, - let me know. With best wishes, in which Ann joins. Your father -- Nathl.. G. Herreshoff" (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 2: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"Coconut Grove Feb 10 1926. {1926/02/10} [sic, i.e. 1927] N. G. Herreshoff Bristol, R. I. Dear Francis, ... 'Pleasure' is 30' overall,, 24 1/2' lwl [length at waterline] ,, 8'4" beam., 2'6" draft, Has 2 tons of lead ballast, 4/5th of which is built into the keel, - Yawl rig with about 475o sail, - Has a very comfortable cabin with a transome berth each side. At the aft end is a little alcohol stove & shelves one side and on the other side, (originally) an inboard 2 cyl Evindrude motor which would run her 4.6 knots. The motor was not found after the hurricane, and, I have not replaced it as I didnot know if anyone [p2] who bought her would care for it. I hope to realize $4000.- for the boat as it is, and if the engine is replaced $4250.- This is equal to nearly $4250.- and 4550.- including commission. 27%. The cost delivered here very nearly $6500. and is 2 years old. I donot know what the expense wld be in shipping her home but wld guess between 300 + $400 I have asked Starling Burgess to try to sell her, and I am looking for a purchaser here. I inclose photograph" (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 2: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"Coconut Grove, Fl. Mch 21 1927 {1927/03/21} N. G. Herreshoff Bristol, R. I. Dear Francis, ... I have not, as yet, had a bite for the 'Pleasure', I hope to soon. so I can get things settled for going home last part of May. Being now past 79 - I don't feel as active as in the past, and donot want the care. ... Your father -- Nathl G. Herreshoff. " (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 3: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"Dear Tom, ... I have a letter from Burgess, R[igg] & M[organ] in which they say they have had more inquiries about her [Pleasure] than any other boat on their list, but all replies they have had 'the price is too high.' Pleasure was billed to me at $5340.94. ...I feel I had a lot of pleasure in sailing her and feel more than repaid for what I have laid out in upkeep & refitting and I now will be pleased to have the H.M.Co. to take her off my hand, delivered in New York, ... This will allow you to put on the market at a price that she will quickly sell. ..." (Source: Herreshoff, Nathanael G. Handwritten letter to Thomas Brightman, Jr. of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Collection of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol, RI, Subject Folder 22. April 18, 1927.)

"Coconut Grove. N. G. Herreshoff Bristol, R. I. April 29 1927 {1927/04/29} Dear Francis, I didnot expect to be so long in replying to your interesting letter of 12th. {1927/04/12} The reason is I have had a rather busy time in disposing of 'Pleasure'. Not getting a purchaser here or thru B-R & M's advertising - I finally arranged to sell her back to the Herreshoff Mfg. Co. and have been quite occupied in making cradle and getting things ready to have her shipped from Key West May 9 - {1927/05/09} She will be due to arrive in N. York on Mallory Line Sta. "H.R. Mallory" May 13th {1927/05/13} and I have written Tom Brightman the necessity of having some one there before she is floated, ready to recieve her and take her away. I donot know who he will send, In writting him I mentioned you had written you "w'ld like to deliver her, and I didnot know you were in earnest or not". The boat will leave here for Key West next Tuesday in charge of Wirth Monroe, - the Commodore's son." (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 3: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"Coconut Grove, Fl. N. G. Herreshoff Bristol, R. I. May 22 1927. {1927/05/22} Dear Francis ... I understand Mr. Rigg, met Pleasure on her arrival in N.Y. and sailed her to Larchmont, and will keep her there a while trying to sell her." (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 3: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"July 7, 1927 {1927/07/07} Dear Francis, ... Perhaps you have seen Starling Burgess, and told you he now uses Pleasure and seems to like her. He has left her here with me now and I am sailing her a little, [p2] when the weather is fair." (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 3: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"N. G. Herreshoff Coconut Grove Miami, Florida April 14, 1929. {1929/04/14} Dear Francis - ... I quite agree with you my ruling is imperfect that it does not allow hollow lines in case of a somewhat vertical stem, or very short over hang, and looking at it again, I believe it best to eliminate the words in 4th line of p.17, "and they shall not show hollow lines". When I wrote it I had in view the far superiorty of my boat 'Pleasure' over 'Alerion' [#718s] when going into a sea - Alerion as you may remember had quite a full deck line and somewhat hollow water line. She was a very good sea-boat and almost never [p3] took water over her bow in the steepest kind of sea - by the sea w'ld stop her very much and if laying over in a breeze she w'ld want to come up into the wind. 'Pleasure' has a much sharper deck line and not outside a circle-arc- her timbers forward are more rounding and waterline about straight and her ease and dryness in a seaway is quite remarkable. Certainly if there is a decided fore-foot there should be hollow water lines." (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum, L. Francis Herreshoff Collection, Box 17, Folder 5: Letter from N. G. Herreshoff to L. F. Herreshoff.)

"My Own Boats. Except a few that will be mentioned as half-owner. ...
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1924-5 PLEASURE #907 - After selling HELIANTHUS 3rd [#378p] and expecting to go to Coconut Grove, Florida to pass winters, I decided to have a sailing boat. So, in the fall of 1924, I designed PLEASURE and had her built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. She was shipped to Florida by rail, arriving about the first of February 1925. She is 30' o.a., 24 1/2' wl., 8'4" beam, 31" draft, with outside lead ballast and knockabout rig that was changed to yawl rig the next year. She proved a very satisfactory boat. [In] the spring of 1928, realizing I was getting unreliable to get around on deck and to handle so large a boat, I decided to sell her and had her shipped to New York and there sold to Burgess, Rigg, and Morgan. She afterward became the property of Harry Maxwell.
[PLEASURE was subsequently owned and sailed by the Yaro family for many years, and donated by them to the Herreshoff Marine Museum in 1997.]" (Source: Herreshoff, N. G. "My Own Boats. Except a few that Will be Mentioned as Half-Owner." Bristol, (originally compiled 1892 with additions in) 1929. In: Pinheiro, Carlton J. (ed.). Recollections and Other Writings by Nathanael G. Herreshoff. Bristol, 1998, p. 121.)

"[In 1924] Planning to spend winters at Coconut Grove, Florida, I had built the knockabout rigged boat PLEASURE for winter sailing in Biscayne Bay. She is thirty feet overall, twenty-four feet waterline, eight feet four inch beam, and proved what her name suggests. After three winter seasons at Coconut Grove, it became apparent [that] I was getting too awkward to be safe in handling a decked boat, and I sold her ..." (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. 74.)

"August 31 1935
Dear Mr. Stephens -
... I am wondering if you have seen anything of my last single-handed cruiser around the head of the Sound, that I had in Biscayne Bay. Her original name was PLEASURE and the last I heard she was called MUMSY, 30 ft. o.a., 24 ft. w.l. for the purpose intended, she was a most satisfactory craft. ...
Very truly yours,
Nathanael Greene Herreshoff
Sept. 15 1935." (Source: Letter 13. From N. G. Herreshoff to W. P. Stephens, dated August 31, 1935 to September 15, 1935. In: Herreshoff, Nathanael Greene and William Picard Stephens. "Their Last Letters 1930-1938." Annotated by John W. Streeter. Bristol, R. I., ca. 1999, p. 67-80.)

"Captain Nat, of course, had sailboats at Coconut Grove and even cruised some in company with Commodore Munroe in his narrow, shallow draft yachts, but as I do not know much about this late activity of Captain Nat in Florida I will quote from some notes of his about the yachts that he owned.
1924-25 'Pleasure' #907
After selling 'Helianthus 3d' and expecting to go to Coconut Grove, Fla. to pass winters I decided to have a sailing boat so in fall of 1924 I designed 'Pleasure' and had her built by the H. Mfg. Co. She was shipped to Florida by rail, arriving about 1st of February 1925. She is 30' O.A., 24 1/2 W.L., 8' 4' beam, 31' draft with outside lead ballast and knockabout rig that was changed to yawl rig the next year. She proved a very satisfactory boat. The spring of 1928, realizing I was getting unreliable to get around on deck and to handle so large a boat, I decided to sell her, and had her shipped to New York and there sold to Burgess, Biggs & Morgan. She afterward became the property of Harry Maxwell." (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. 317-318.)

"Jan'y 13, 1936
Dear Mr Foster.
Your kind letter of 31st ult is much appreciated and is full of thoughts on cruising yacht rigs.
As you state, the sloop rig has proven the fastest for racing. And may I add --- about three-fourths the time is also easiest to handle and pleasantest to sail.
For conditions of making sail or picking up moorings and in squally weather she is like Longfellow's little girl with a curl, and can be very very naughty.
A little story of my later day experiance [sic] may be interesting to you. In 1924 when at 76 years and passing winters in southern Florida, I designed and had built a small cruiser, to use in Biscayne Bay and about the Keys. This boat, Pleasure, was 30' oa, 24' wl, 8' 5"beam, 31" draft, ballasted by lead, which was part of keel & centreboard legs, and some stowed inside. Rig --- jib &. leg-o-mutton mainsail with no bowsprit, of about 445 sq ft. She appeared to be a good sailer and a real "ghoster" in light airs, and was easily the fastest boat about Biscayne Bay. My ordinary sailing was generally alone, and cruising, with my wife only, and the boat had a comfortable cabin for it. I was sometimes bothered at moorings, or to reef if overtaken by strong wind. With this rig, the boat appeared to do her best windward work in tacking in about 7 points. The second year I changed the rig to yawl, by cutting off boom and aft part of mainsail and adding mizzen mast with sail 1/2 hoist & boom as cut down mainsail. The total sail area a very little increased by change. Not having a standard to go by I could not gauge the speed efficiency of the boat but the loss was small and not apparent in sailing alone. After getting sails in correct condition she was almost as close winded, and I usually tacked in very near to 7 points. In reaching she may have been a trifle faster, and in running, I had learned very many years before in my cat yawls the boat was faster with the mizzen lowered. This change of rig made the boat a much better single-hander. At both leaving and picking up moorings and specially in negociating [sic] the unpleasant trade wind rain squalls, which were never too much for jib & mizzen, and mainsail could be lowered into its lazy-jacks in an instant. All halyards & downhauls lead to cockpit, and in reach.
In stiff breezes and with 2 reefed ms [mainsail], jib &. mizzen, the boat proved to be very close winded and fast. Due to the shallow water the seas would not make up large to pitch the boat, and so could sheet in very close, and so to tack in 6 1/2 to 7 points, and do fine windward work and a pleasure to sail the boat as with very little spray. In these conditions the reefed mainsail was enough removed from the mizzen, so the latter didn't have to be sheeted almost fore & aft and could give wearer its share of driving power it would [have] if in perfectly free wind. With the yawl rig, reefing the mainsail was very easy for me. I had occasions to [reef], several times while sailing on Biscayne Bay or below among the Keys. While the mainsail was lowered to be reefed, the boat would sail herself by jib & mizzen at fully 1/2 speed to windward, and the time from lowering away mainsail to have it set reefed varied from 13 to 15 minutes.
Of course I had my reefing stops and lace line properly fitted and kept where I could lay my hands on.
Due to the position --- in trailing the mainsail --- I cannot believe the mizzen of your staysail ketch can have any driving power, and the craft will be as fast, or faster without the sail if balanced properly on helm. Also, the sail being so high &. narrow, it would not be so good, as would a lower sail attached to a mizzen mast, when laying-to in bad weather. Of course, this is only my opinion at present, and after thought I hope you will write me wherein I am wrong.
With kindest regards, Sincerely yours, Nathanael G. Herreshoff." (Source: Garland, Joseph. The Eastern Yacht Club: A History from 1870-1985. Camden, Maine, 1989, p. 206-207.)

L. Francis Herreshoff

"However, he still loved sailing, and even short distance cruising, so designed and had built 'Pleasure,' a yacht thirty feet O.A., twenty-four feet six inches W.L., eight feet four inches beam, and thirty-one inches draft, which he shipped to Florida and used there in the winters of 1925 to 1928, when, being eighty years old, he thought he was too old for even sailing so he sold 'Pleasure.' " (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. 123.)

Other Contemporary Text Source(s)

"Sep 28th [1924]
Dear Herreshoff,
... You have my letter by this time about the proposed new boat [#907s Pleasure] as an ad for the new Co. There is little I can add to it for the proposition is as yet hazy and it looks as if we will have to sit on the new piazza & thresh it out & also get an opinion from the Yacht Club members & others. If striking the fancy of someone & cost not too high she might sell within 24 h[ou]rs after arrival, if so, you would have to be content with [using my own] SUNSET for the rest of the season. She might be sold for late Spring delivery but when those chaps what a thing, it's right away. Laying up in case of not selling is another point to be considered. We never haul out & of course can find room in my basin, if such would be satisfactory but here I am as usual, doing too much figuring before reaching the bridge. We will do anything to further the interests of Bristol & please you. ...
Sincerely,
R.M. Munroe." (Source: Munroe, R.M. [Letter to N. G. Herreshoff.] Herreshoff Marine Museum Correspondence, Folder 83 (new), 102 (old). Access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff. September 28, 1924.)

"Sep 30th [1924]
Dear Herreshoff,
... The new boat [#907s Pleasure] again. After writing you twice on this subject, it still appears to me that I may have given a wrong impression. Now, personally, I should be very much pleased t see & sail with one of your latest centerboard craft and also to have a class of them on the Bay. I feel convinced that eventually we will have them, but looking at it from a strictly business view point which I took your enquiry to be, I am still of the same mind. If your new company [HMCo under Haffenreffer ownership] will be satisfied with just demonstrating the boat, on the scant chance of making more than very few sales for a year or two, let them go to it. A strong point in my beliefs, and which I've not brought out before, is that Miami, both mainland & Beach is completely in the agonies of building & harbor development. There will be practically no place to keep yachts of any description this coming winter except small craft in this vicinity. Miami harbor is filled with huge dredging machinery & will be til next Spring very likely. One basin & some piers towards the North end are being rushed for the party day boats only. There is but little chance of even a small yacht anchorage in sight and none for our new [Biscayne Bay Yacht] Club house. Of course, all is planned to be very complete & satisfactory in the end. ... I trust you will now understand the position better.
Sincerely,
R.M. Munroe" (Source: Munroe, R.M. [Letter to N. G. Herreshoff.] Herreshoff Marine Museum Correspondence, Folder 83 (new), 102 (old). Access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff. September 30, 1924.)

"Oct. 5th 1924
Dear Herreshoff,
... Wirth was going to Miami yesterday so asked him to investigate R[ail]R[oad] facilities for unloading boats from cars into the water [which will be required after shipment of the new #907s Pleasure]. He found that it was customary to use the R.R. wrecking derrick and to lift from car direct into the water. This reminded me that about two years ago they had an accident on a job of this kind occasioned by the parting of a ripe strap sent with the boat from Chicago. Therefore would advise that this item be particularly looked after and that the strop be put in place with its spreaders, all properly parcelled & secured. Also have the B. of L. call for delivery in the water if it can be so arranged at Bristol. Would also suggest that the boat be well covered with old canvas to keep off cinders & soot. ...
Sincerely,
R.M. Munroe" (Source: Munroe, R.M. [Letter to N. G. Herreshoff.] Herreshoff Marine Museum Correspondence, Folder 83 (new), 102 (old). Access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff. October 5, 1924.)

"... Just now, I am very busy [at Coconut Grove, FL] over a small cottage, on the east side of the boathouse, for the Herreshoffs. He is to have a new auxiliary sailing boat [#907s Pleasure], and the fun will then begin between her and [my own] Sunset, and I will have to sit up nights working my bumps so as not to be beaten more than five days out of the week. ..." (Source: Munroe, Ralph M. [Letter to Vincent Gilpin.] University of Miami Collection. October, 6, 1924.)

"A 30-ft sailboat is being constructed at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company for Capt. Nathaniel G Herreshoff for his use in southern waters this winter." (Source: Anon. "Bristol and Vicinity." Bristol Phoenix, October 31, 1924, p. 2.)

"Capt and Mrs Nathaniel G Herreshoff will leave tonight for the south where they will reside at Coconut Grove, Florida, for the winter. A 30-foot sailing boat now being constructed at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company for the use of Capt Herreshoff in southern waters will be shipped to Florida as soon as completed." (Source: Anon. "Bristol and Vicinity." Bristol Phoenix, November 25, 1924, p. 2.)

"... Herreshoff's new craft [#907s Pleasure] is leaving Bristol today by flat-car for Miami, ..." (Source: Munroe, Ralph M. [Letter to Vincent Gilpin.] University of Miami Collection. December 31, 1924.)

"The new sail boat recently constructed at the boat shops of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company for Capt Nathaniel G Herreshoff, who is spending the winter at Cocoanut Grove, a suburb of Miami Florida was shipped Friday [January 2, 1925]. The craft which is 30 feet overall, 24 feet on the waterline and has 5 1/2 ft beam is named 'Pleasure' which typifies its use for the next few months by Capt Nat and Mrs Herreshoff." (Source: Anon. "Bristol and Vicinity." Bristol Phoenix, January 6, 1925, p. 2.)

"... The new Herreshoff [#907s Pleasure] is at last in commission, and we have had several trial trips. She is very fast, but not quite as able as she may be later, when more water-soaked in bottom, neither does she steer as well as [my own] Sunset. Of course, being of somewhat larger dimensions, she overpowers the smaller one, and my only chance is possibly a gale of wind, for I don't think she has the extreme stability. ..." (Source: Munroe, Ralph M. [Letter to Vincent Gilpin.] University of Miami Collection. February 8, 1925.)

"... this winter, Herreshoff is coming with a mizzen mast and sail under each arm, so as to match 'Pleasure' sloop with Sunset, which has been parading in front her with two sticks in her for several months past. No use, we two old chappies can no longer get fore and aft fast enough for sloops, and not wishing to be sued for damages in our old age, decided to forestall that possibility ..." (Source: Munroe, Ralph M. [Letter to Vincent Gilpin.] University of Miami Collection. October 12, 1925.)

"Sep 22nd 1926
Dear Herreshoff,
Sent you a wire message yesterday which I delayed a day in order to report on Pleasure [#907s] as being apparently without a scratch [after the Great Miami Hurricane of September 18, 1926] or even a hole in cover which as several dredge pontoon & other craft ploughed past on either side on a N.E. course right across the fairways[?] plan, was a remarkable escape for her. She was the only uninjured craft anywhere along shore apparently.
... I've found many of my tools close to where the boathouse stood and have gotten quite a lot of (our) yours & mine, and when we get the more necessary things attended to & with the help of the City will probably get a lot more bits value by that time will be doubtful so mixed with sea weed & other trash.
Your dinghy [#191305es] was found in pieces opposite the public library.
... PLEASURE's mast is gone as in found the pieces. We have the boom (main) but nothing else so far. ... I don't have to tell you of our loss as you know. Will build again in old location soon as possible but with a better plan. The loss in the county at large is very high besides that of life. 75 known dead and several hundred injured.
Sincerely,
R.M. Munroe" (Source: Munroe, R.M. [Letter to N. G. Herreshoff.] Herreshoff Marine Museum Correspondence, Folder 85 (new), 102 (old). Access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff. September 22, 1926.)

"Oct 3rd 1926
Dear Herreshoff,
... Debris from around house & wreckage dragged down to where Hine house was & burning night & day. Occasional forays in the wreckage all along the line to McFarlane[?] St. whenever we think of something special in which Pleasure's [#907s] mainsail was found a little soiled but O.K. Otherwise also a bag with Spinaker & one or two other sails. Jib & mizzen missing. P[leasure]'s main boom & another painted spar. The former O.K. The latter still bruised. Wirth & Bill working on it today. Patty found quite a number of your tools, cooking & other effects under the floor of your house about where the Gardiner S. Sea hut stood. P[leasure]'s mast was alongside Gardner boat broken in three pieces. Took off the rigging & have[?] work. ...
Pleasure was apparently in same position that you left her in except not so close to wall. Couldn't get aboard on ac[oun]t of sea weed packed into the slip. Will see if Matheson will consider her. He's already said something about Sunset to Wirth but she is too small I should think.
... Sincerely,
R.M. Munroe" (Source: Munroe, R.M. [Letter to N. G. Herreshoff.] Herreshoff Marine Museum Correspondence, Folder 85 (new), 102 (old). Access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff. October 3, 1926.)

"Oct 28rd [1926]
Dear Herreshoff,
... The E.N.E. wind blew the trees one way & when it shifted blew the remainder just the opposite. The two old soldiers on each side of the old boat house that I had wired and have been afraid of for years are still on deck sneering at gales. I think all your wire rigging is O.K. also the metal work on the main mast [of #907s Pleasure]. Salvaged anchors with the exception of one of mine still in the Bay and piled together in the back yard & I don't know the Herreshoff ones tother[?] from which. Some are on Melody yet & I thought Pleasure had one or two. She was apparently in good shape a couple of days ago when I went down to see her. W.L. 2 1/2in. out midship. She is the lucky boat of the Bay. We had all the sails down from the attic at the time of your last enquiry & I think measured & described them O.K. I don't doubt but what the mud stains will wash & bleach out fairly well as for being suitable for yacht as you write, its just the other way now. ...
Sincerely,
R.M. Munroe" (Source: Munroe, R.M. [Letter to N. G. Herreshoff.] Herreshoff Marine Museum Correspondence, Folder 85 (new), 102 (old). Access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff. September 22, 1926.)

"[Letter by then owner Frederick Gade complaining that the Race Committee of the Riverside Yacht Club had disqualified Mumsey, ex-Pleasure from winning the Riverside-Stratford Shoal Race on the grounds that she was not a cruising yacht but an all-out racer.]" (Source: Gade, Frederick. "More on the Mumsey Disqualification." [Letter to the Editor.] Rudder, December 1932, p. ?.)

"September 30 1935
Dear Mr. Herreshoff:-
... I know PLEASURE, she was owned a few years ago by my friend Frederick Gade, who had a high opinion of her; she is a fine little single-hander, much more roomy and comfortable than SNIKERSNEE. ...
Yours sincerely,
W. P. Stephens." (Source: Letter 14. From W. P. Stephens to N. G. Herreshoff, dated September 30, 1935. In: Herreshoff, Nathanael Greene and William Picard Stephens. "Their Last Letters 1930-1938." Annotated by John W. Streeter. Bristol, R. I., ca. 1999, p. 89-115.)

Other Modern Text Source(s)

"PLEASURE
LOA 30ft 0in
LWL 24ft 6in
Beam 8ft4in
Draft 2ft 6in
HMCo # 907
Rig: Bermudan yawl/sloop
Sail Area N/A
Displacement N/A
Ballast N/A
Built 1924
PLEASURE is significant as the last of a series of yachts of about 30' that Nat Herreshoff designed for himself. CLARA (1887) ... and ALERION III (at Mystic Seaport) were his earlier personal yachts. He designed and built PLEASURE especially for the shallow, choppy waters of Coconut Grove, Florida.
She features his classic graceful sheer and stem profile and short overhanging counter.
The design has the family resemblances of SADIE and ARIA ..., see also the ARIA model .... Designed for himself, then in his 70S, he chose a yawl sail layout with a simple rig of no spreaders and with all lines led to the large cockpit. In her time she has also sailed as a sloop, ...
Innovation continues in his designs.
- The ballast keel hatart, centerboard trunk and floors are of a single piece lead casting. This was both to ensure a solid watertight 'backbone' and enhanced efficiency in locating weight as low as possible.
- The strong sheer and tidy stem/bow profile produced a dry boat to weather in the choppy waters of the shallow bay. Later, Mr Robert Yaro, her owner since the 1970s, reports sailing her in Nantucket Sound without oilskins when other boats were punching spray at their crew." (Source: Herreshoff Marine Museum. [Plaque on display at the museum.] Bristol, RI, no date [ca. 2012].)

Maynard Bray

"Like NGH's previous day boat, Alerion [#718s] (built in 1913...), his 30-foot Pleasure was an outside-ballasted centerboarder. Built in the fall of 1924, she was used by NGH in Florida during the two winter seasons that followed --- 1925 and 1926.
Commodore Munroe was well known for his sensible and seaworthy shallow-draft cruising boats, and it may well have been his influence that helped shape Pleasure's model. NGH claimed that her leaner bow, in contrast with Alerion's full deck line, made Pleasure a better seaboat, and one that indeed lived up to her name. In his attempt to secure shallow draft and yet retain the desired weight of ballast, NGH designed Pleasure's lead keel to encompass the centerboard trunk bedlogs and stub floor timbers all in a single casting. As a secondary benefit, this construction eliminated the usual wooden keel timber from the middle part of the boat.
Pleasure's mainmast was hollow and lightly stayed, with no spreaders. NGH claimed that it bent just enough in a breeze to flatten the sail, while in light weather the sail enjoyed the fullness afforded by a straight mast. The running backstays (required because a long-boomed rig like this allows no permanent backstay) led to the deck only a few feet aft of the mast so that both backstays could be left untended when sailing close-hauled.
... Pleasure had first appeared as the simply-rigged Marconi sloop ..., but for her second season NGH shortened the boom and added the sliding gunter mizzen shown here, converting her to a yawl. A strut, ..., holds the mizzen boom from lifting and eases the strain on the sheet. Pleasure is rigged with lazyjacks on all three of her sails so that NGH can lower them without having to climb on deck. For the same reason, all sheets and halyards lead to the cockpit.
... Pleasure was fitted with a canvas cockpit awning supported on vertical wooden poles set into coaming-mounted sockets and stiffened across its top by transverse, sewn-in battens. The awning could be used while under sail as well as at anchor; it folded away for storage.
Pleasure was built right after NGH disposed of his third Helianthus and only a few months after the Haffenreffer purchase of the Herreshoff Mfg. Co. She was shipped by steamer from Bristol and launched at Key West, Florida, on January 24, 1925; from there, she was sailed to Coconut Grove. In 1927, when sailing a boat this big became too much for him (NGH was then nearly eighty), he shipped Pleasure back to New York, where she was purchased by W. Starling Burgess and his partner, Linton Rigg.
It has been rumored that Pleasure was a gift from the Haffenreffers, but in correspondence NGH indicated otherwise and lamented the fact that he sold her for one-fourth of what she cost him." (Source: Bray, Maynard and Carlton Pinheiro. Herreshoff of Bristol. Brooklin, Maine, 1989, p. 215.)

"NGH's PLEASURE Donated
Museum Acquires Yacht From Captain Nat's Sunset Years
By Maynard Bray and Carlton Pinheiro
In September, 1997, Robert Yaro, his wife Susan, and his brother William Yaro donated Captain Nat Herreshoffs personal yacht PLEASURE to the Herreshoff Museum.
Captain Nat renewed his acquaintance with Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe in the fall of 1921, when he and Mrs. Herreshoff, aboard his power cruiser HELIANTHUS III, dropped anchor off the Munroe homestead, 'The Barnacle,' in Coconut Grove, Florida. During subsequent winters, the Herreshoffs were invited to live on the Munroe property at the waterfront cottage, 'Fair Haven.' The Munroe-Herreshoff friendship was wonderfully natural. Both men were boat designers, members of the same generation, and had a keen interest in sailing.
Like NGH's previous day boat ALERION (finished in 1913), his 30-foot PLEASURE was an outside-ballasted centerboarder. Built in the fall of 1924, she was used by NGH in Florida during the two winter seasons that followed 1925-26 and 1926-27.
Commodore Munroe was well known for his sensible and seaworthy shallow-draft cruising boats, and it may well have been his influence that helped shape PLEASURE'S model. NGH claimed that her leaner bow, in contrast to ALERION's full deck line, made PLEASURE a better seaboat, and one that indeed lived up to her name. In his attempt to secure shallow draft and yet retain the desired weight of ballast, NGH designed PLEASURE'S lead keel to encompass the centerboard trunk bedlogs and stub floor timbers all in a single casting. As a secondary benefit, this construction eliminated the usual wooden keel timber from the middle part of the boat.
PLEASURE'S original mainmast was hollow and lightly stayed, with no spreaders. NGH claimed that it bent just enough in a breeze to flatten the sail, while in light weather the sail enjoyed the fullness afforded by a straight mast. The running backstays (required because a long-boomed rig like this allows no permanent backstay) led to the deck only a few feet aft of the mast so that both backstays could be left untended when sailing close hauled.
In 1925, PLEASURE had first appeared as a simply rigged Marconi sloop, but for her second season in 1926, NGH shortened the boom and added a sliding gunter mizzen, converting her to a yawl. A strut held the mizzen boom from lifting and eased the strain on the sheet. PLEASURE was rigged with lazyjacks on all three of her sails so that NGH could lower them without having to climb on deck. For the same reason, all of the sheets and halyards lead to the cockpit.
PLEASURE was fitted with a canvas cockpit awning supported on vertical wooden poles set into coaming-mounted sockets and stiffened across its top by transverse, sewn-in battens. The awning could be used while under sail as well as at anchor; it folded away for storage.
PLEASURE was built right after NGH disposed of his third HELIANTHUS and only a few months after the Haffenreffer purchase of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. It has been rumored that PLEASURE was a gift from the Haffenreffers, but in correspondence, NGH indicated otherwise, and lamented the fact that he sold her for one-fourth of what she cost him. She was shipped on a 42' railway car from Bristol and launched at Miami, Florida, on January 24, 1925. From there she was towed to Coconut Grove. In 1927, when sailing a boat this big became too much for him (NGH was then nearly eighty), he shipped PLEASURE back to New York, where she was purchased by W. Starling Burgess and his partner, Linton Rigg.
PLEASURE'S present condition is remarkable for its originality and is a tribute to the care taken by the Yaros, her owners of many years. In addition to her original fittings, PLEASURE still has the mirror mounted inside the cabin, which was used by Captain Nat as a rear view mirror when racing with Commodore Munroe. PLEASURE was, according to Vincent Gilpin's The Commodore's Story, 'much too spry' for Commodore Munroe's heavier cruising boats, and eventually resulted in Munroe designing and building SUNSET, a 26 foot sloop, to meet PLEASURE on more competitive ground. Although she will not sail again, the yacht is scheduled for a cosmetic restoration before exhibit in the 1998 season." (Source: Herreshoff Marine Museum Chronicle, Fall 1997, p. 1-2.)

Further Reading
  • Herreshoff, Nathanael G. [Diary Excerpts regarding #907s Pleasure.] Diary, 1924 to 1930. Manuscript (excerpts). Access courtesy of Halsey C. Herreshoff. (161 kB)
    Document is copyrighted: Yes. Excerpts from N. G. Herreshoff's diary regarding #907s Pleasure.

Images

Registers

1925 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#2562)
Name: Pleasure
Owner: Nathaniel G. Herreshoff; Port: Coconut Grove, Fla.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig K[eel], TC [Trunk Cabin], Aux Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-6; Extr. Beam 8-4; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker H.M.C.; Sails made in [19]25; Sail Area 476
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Engine Gas Eng. 2 Cyc. 2 Cyl. 2 5/8 x 2 1/2; Maker Evinrude

1930 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3340)
Name: Pleasure
Owner: Henry D. Maxwell; Port: City Island, N.Y.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig K[eel], TC [Trunk Cabin], Aux Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-5
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]28; Sail Area 470
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Engine Gas Eng. 2 Cyc. 2 Cyl. 2 7/16 x 2 3/4. 1928; Maker Hallett
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928

1935 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#3251)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Henry F. J. Knobloch; Port: Orient, L.I.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig K[eel], TC [Trunk Cabin], Aux Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-5
Sailmaker R&L [Ratsey&Lapthorn New York]; Sails made in [19]28; Sail Area 470
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Engine Gas Eng. 2 Cyc. 2 Cyl. 1933; Maker Seaman
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928

1940 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#4210)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Henry F. J. Knobloch; Port: Orient, L.I.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig CB [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Aux Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]35; Sail Area 470
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Engine Gas Eng. 2 Cyc. 2 Cyl. 1933; Maker Seaman
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928

1947 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#4085)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Henry F. J. Knobloch; Port: Orient, N.Y.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]35; Sail Area 470
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928. Eng. Rem. 1945

1950 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#4498)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Stuart C. Dorman; Port: Orient, N.Y.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]35; Sail Area 470
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928. Eng. Rem. 1945

1955 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#4939)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Stuart C. Dorman; Port: Orient, N.Y.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker Mills; Sails made in [19]48; Sail Area 400
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928. Eng. Rem. 1945

1960 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#5415)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Stuart C. Dorman; Port: Orient, N.Y.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker Mills; Sails made in [19]48; Sail Area 400
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928. Eng. Rem. 1945

1967 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#6301)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Stuart C. Dorman; Port: Orient, N.Y.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]59; Sail Area 400
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928. Eng. Rem. 1945

1970 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#6572)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Stuart C. Dorman; Port: Orient, N.Y.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]59; Sail Area 400
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.
Note: Alt. from Slp. 1926. Alt. from Ywl. 1928. Eng. Rem. 1945

1975 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#4930)
Name; Former Name(s): Mumsey; Pleasure
Owner: Stuart C. Dorman; Port: Orient, N.Y.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Slp
LOA 30-0; LWL 24-10; Extr. Beam 8-2; Draught 2-6
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]59; Sail Area 400
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.
Note: Con[verted from] Slp. [19]26. Con[verted from] Ywl. [19]28. Aux eng rem[oved] [19]45

1984 Yacht Owners Register (#554.5)
Name; Former Name(s): Pleasure; Mumsey
Owner: Yaro, William M.; Port: Southold, NY
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Sloop
LOA 30.0; Extr. Beam 8.0; Draught 2.6
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1925
Note: Sail No. H 25

1999-2000 Register of Wooden Boats (#382.1)
Name; Former Name(s): Pleasure; Mumsey, Pleasure
Owner: Herreshoff Marine Museum; Port: Bristol, RI
Type & Rig Auxiliary sail, K/CB yawl
Tons Gross 3.5; LOA 30-0; LWL 24-6; Extr. Beam 8-4; Draught 2-6
Sail Area 426
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N.G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol RI; Built when 1925
Engine (1) Gasoline, 4-hp; Maker Stuart Turner
Note: Owner address: P.O. Box 450, Bristol, RI 02809

2007 WoodenBoat Register
Name; Former Name(s): Pleasure; Mumsey, Pleasure
Owner: Herreshoff Marine Museum; Port: Bristol, RI ; Port of Registry: Bristol, RI
Type & Rig Auxiliary sail, K/CB yawl
Tons Gross 3.5; LOA 30-0; LWL 24-6; Extr. Beam 8-4; Draught 2-6
Sail Area 426
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N.G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol RI; Built when 1925
Engine Gasoline, (1) 4-hp; Maker Stuart Turner

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: Pleasure
Type: Yawl
Length: 30'
Owner: Herreshoff, N. G.

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: Pleasure
Type: 24' 6" aux. yawl
Owner: N. G. Herreshoff
Year: 1925
Row No.: 529

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: Oct.
Day: 08
Year: 1924
E/P/S: S
No.: 0907
Name: Pleasure
OA: 30
Rig: Marconi
K: y
CB: y
Notes Constr. Record: For N.G.H.'s use in Florida.
Last Name: Herreshoff Mfg. Co.

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)

"[See also:] Specifications (copy). In: Technical and Business Records pertaining to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Series VI, Folder HH.6.17 (Hull No. 907), 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.)

"[See also:] Miscellaneous Items. 1901-1946. Pencil sketches of boats and boat sheds, sketch of PLEASURE (Yawl); 1940 and undated (27 pieces)." (Source: Henry C. White Collection (Coll. 342, Series 2, Box 3, Folder 3), Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. http://library.mysticseaport.org/manuscripts/coll/coll342.cfm, retrieved January 25, 2011.)

"Donated to the Herreshoff Marine Museum in 1997 by Robert D. Yaro. Restored to sailing condition for the museum in 2003 by Brewers Pilot's Point Yard of Westbrook, CT with funds from a donation from the Thomas L. Stark family." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. February 19, 2015."

"Shipped from Bristol to Florida and launched there on 1925-01-24." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. February 23, 2011.)

"Built in 108 days (contract to launch; equivalent to $49/day, 67 lbs displacement/day)." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. January 1, 2018.)

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