HMCo #1002s Gee Whiz [Geewhiz]

Particulars

Construction_Record_Title.jpgName: Gee Whiz [Geewhiz]
Later Name(s): Aida
Type: Yawl
Designed by: NGH
Contract: 1926-4-11
Delivered: 1926-7-1 ?
Construction: Wood
LOA: 33' 6" (10.21m)
LWL: 27' 0" (8.23m)
Beam: 9' 2" (2.79m)
Draft: 3' 1" (0.94m)
Rig: Yawl
Sail Area: 520sq ft (48.3sq m)
Displ.: 10,774 lbs (4,887 kg)
Built for: Mallinckrodt Jr., Edward
Amount: $10,250.00
Current owner: Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT (last reported 2016 at age 90)

See also:
#193502es [Punt for #1002s Gee Whiz] (1935)

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 520sq ft (in 2008) from Bray, Maynard. Aida. N.G. Herreshoff's Finest Shallow-Draft Yawl. Bristol, RI, 2012, p. 24." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. March 17, 2015.)
"Displacement 10774lbs from Bray, Maynard. Aida. N.G. Herreshoff's Finest Shallow-Draft Yawl. Bristol, RI, 2012, p. 24. Note, however, that Aida's displacement was also stated as 14,000lbs in the 2007 WoodenBoat Register." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. March 17, 2015.)


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.)

Model Comment:
"Reference to model 23 was added by CvdL because #1002s Gee Whiz was also based on this model but her 'scale changed to make her 33'6" instead of 30', her freeboard is proportionally higher, and she has harder bilges' according to information from Maynard Bray." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. 2008.)

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

Other Herreshoff Family

"A.S. deW. Herreshoff: ... I remember my father suggested that she'd be better with the bilge a little harder at first. Then [he] went away [to Florida] and left it with me to design the boat. Then when he saw the boat he thought perhaps I overdid it. ... Mr. Nelson White bought her from Malinkrodt and named her after his wife. ..." (Source: Herreshoff, A. Sidney deW. [Excerpts from the transcript of an oral interview held with Barry Thomas and Maynard Bray, both Mystic Seaport Museum.] Bristol, R.I., October 15, 1975, p. 13.)

Other Contemporary Text Source(s)

"Besides the preliminary work on the cup defender to be built for the syndicate of the New York Yacht Club members, headed by Commodore E Walter Clark, there is considerable work in progress on smaller boats at the Herreshoff shops. Many yachts are being stored in the Walker's Cove yards and alongside the North Shop. ... At the Walker's Cove Yards the yawl Gee Whiz [#1002s], schooner yacht Dolphin [built by John P. Kirk in 1915], the sloop yacht Luanna [#681s ex-Au Revoir] from Westerly are already under cover." (Source: Anon. "Busy Times At Herreshoff Boat Shops." Bristol Phoenix, October 4, 1929, p. 4.)

Other Modern Text Source(s)

"The latest addition to the fleet at Mystic Seaport just arrived in time for The WoodenBoat Show. Aida is a 33-foot keel/centerboard yawl designed and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. in 1926.
A recent restoration by Doug Hylan in Brooklin, ME sought to return her as close as possible to an “as built” condition using the original Herreshoff techniques. Both the interior and exterior were restored and the work also included refinished spars, a new diesel, and new sails. This was the first major refurbishment of the boat since launch.
Aida was owned for more than 40 years by former Museum staff member and trustee Maynard Bray and his wife Anne. Bray oversaw the project and just published a book chronicling the boat, her owners, and the restoration. 'Aida: N.G. Herrehoff’s Finest Shallow-Draft Yawl' is available in the Museum’s Maritime Bookstore.
Aida’s specifications are:
LOA - 33ft 6in
LWL - 27ft 0in
Beam - 9ft 2in
Draft - 3ft 1in (centerboard up)"
Aida will be on display at various locations on the waterfront." (Source: Anon. "Aida’s New Home." Mystic Seaport Museum News, June 28, 2013, http://www.mysticseaport.org/news/2013/aidas-new-home/, retrieved December 16, 2013.)

Further Reading
  • Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. [Contract for #1002s Gee Whiz, yawl.] Herreshoff Marine Museum Collection. Bristol, RI, April 11, 1926. (1,961 kB)
    Document is copyrighted: Yes. Copyright holder: Herreshoff Marine Museum. Original building/sales contract. Vessel description, scantlings, payment terms, delivery date. Includes detailed vessel specifications.
  • Bray, Maynard (with photos by Benjamin Mendlowitz). "Aida." Nautical Quarterly, no. 37, Spring 1987, p. 49. (717 kB)
    Document is copyrighted: Yes, used with permission. Copyright holder: Maynard Bray (text), Benjamin Mendlowitz (photos). Short vessel portrait. Part of the larger article "Herreshoff Legacies."
  • Bray, Maynard. "Aida. N. G. Herreshoff's Finest Shallow-Draft Yawl." Bristol, RI, 2012.
    Detailed vessel appreciation and history. Restoration report and advice much beyond this specific boat. Numerous photos and plans.

Images

Registers

1940 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#80)
Name: Aida
Owner: Nelson C. White; Port: Waterford, Conn.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Ywl
LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]26; Sail Area 524
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926

1947 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#77)
Name: Aida
Owner: Nelson C. White; Port: Waterford, Conn.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Ywl
LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]26; Sail Area 524
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926

1950 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#80)
Name: Aida
Owner: Nelson C. White; Port: Waterford, Conn.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Ywl
LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sailmaker Ratsey; Sails made in [19]26; Sail Area 524
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926

1955 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#72)
Name: Aida
Owner: Nelson C. White; Port: Waterford, Conn.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Ywl
LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sailmaker Manchester; Sails made in [19]52; Sail Area 524
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926

1967 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#94)
Name: Aida
Owner: John Bickley Bindloss; Port: Stonington, Conn.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Aux Ywl
LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sailmaker Van Zandt; Sails made in [19]64; Sail Area 520
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 4 Cyl. 2 7/8 x 3 1/2. 1959. 25 HP; Maker Gray

1970 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#103)
Name: Aida
Port: Stonington, Conn.
Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Cb [Centerboard], TC [Trunk Cabin], Aux. Ywl
LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sailmaker Van Zandt; Sails made in [19]64; Sail Area 520
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926
Engine Gas Eng. 4 Cyc. 4 Cyl. 2 7/8 x 3 1/2. 1959. 25 HP; Maker Gray
Note: Sail no. 1002.

1975 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts (#93)
Name; Former Name(s): Aida; Gee Whiz
Owner: Anne & Maynard Bray; Port: Green's Island
Official no. 515092; Building Material Wood; Type & Rig Aux. Ywl
LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sailmaker Van Zandt; Sails made in [19]64; Sail Area 520
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926
Engine Gas Engine 4 Cy. [19]73. 31hp; Maker Gray
Note: Sail No. 1002.

1984 Yacht Owners Register (#011.2)
Name; Former Name(s): Aida; Gee Whiz
Owner: Bray, Maynard & Anne; Port: Bath, ME
Official no. 515092; Building Material Steel [sic]; Type & Rig Aux. Marconi, Yawl
LOA 33.5; Extr. Beam 9.3; Draught 3.0
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926
Engine Gas. 31hp
Note: Sail No. 1002.

1999-2000 Register of Wooden Boats (#007.5)
Name; Former Name(s): Aida; Gee Whiz
Owner: Anne & Maynard Bray, Naskeag Rd., Brooklin, ME 04616; Port: Brooklin, ME
Official no. 515092; Type & Rig Auxiliary sail, K/CB yawl
Lbs Gross 14000; LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sail Area 520
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N. G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol, R.I.; Built when 1926
Engine (1) 25-hp Gasoline; Maker Graymarine
Note: Sail No. 1002. Owner address: Naskeag Rd., Brooklin, ME 04616; Club: Off Center Harbor YC

2007 WoodenBoat Register
Name; Former Name(s): Aida; Geewhiz
Owner: Anne T. & Maynard Bray; Port: Brooklin, ME ; Port of Registry: Brooklin, ME
Official no. 515092; Type & Rig Auxiliary sail, K/CB yawl
Lbs Gross 14000; LOA 33-6; LWL 27-0; Extr. Beam 9-2; Draught 3-1
Sail Area 520
Builder Herreshoff Mfg. Co.; Designer N.G. Herreshoff; Built where Bristol RI; Built when 1926
Engine Gasoline, (1) 25-hp; Maker Graymarine
Note: Sail No. 1002

2010 USCG
Name: Aida
Owner: [Previous Owner: Maynard E Bray.]; Port: Brooklin Me
Official no. 515092; Building Material Wood
Tons Gross 7; Tons Net 6; Reg. Length 33.5; Extr. Beam 9.3; Depth 4.8
Built when 1925
Note: Documentation Issuance Date: October 18, 2006. Documentation Expiration Date: October 31, 2007. Service: Recreational.

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: Gee Whiz
Type: Yawl
Length: 27'
Owner: Mallinckrodt, Edward, Jr.

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: Gee Whiz
Type: 27' yawl
Owner: Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr.
Row No.: 247

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: Apr
Day: 11
Year: 1926
E/P/S: S
No.: 1002
Name: Gee Whiz
OA: 33'
LW: 27'
B: 9'
D: 3'
Amount: 10,250.00
Last Name: Mallinckrodt, Jr.
First Name: Ed.

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

The Herreshoff Registry can be particularly useful for researching the provenance of Herreshoff-built sailing vessels. Permission to link to the Registry is gratefully acknowledged!

Research Note(s)

"LOA 33' 6" from HMCo construction plan." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. May 2, 2008.)

"Aida was sold by Anne and Maynard Bray to Michael Mills of Shelter Island, NY in early 2007. From 2007 to 2008 she was restored by Doug Hylan at Brooklin Maine receiving, among other work, new frames, a new backbone, new centerboard trunk, and new molded sheerstrakes (the old ones had chafed away in the hurricane of 1938). In the early summer of 2013 she was donated to Mystic Seaport Museum." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. December 16, 2013.)

"[See also:] AIDA
full model of AIDA
MODELS - VESSELS - FULL
41 1/4" H X 34" W X 13 1/4" D (case overall dimensions)
Full rigged model of yacht AIDA, in glass case on mahogany base; plate attached to base reads "AIDA / 1926 / DESIGNED BY N. G. HERRESHOFF / MODEL BY ROB WADLEIGH"; includes a boat hook on cabin roof, bucket and pail in cockpit; white hull, green below water line; lettered on stern: "AIDA / SHELTER ISLAND"; overall case dimensions: 41 1/4" H X 34" W X 13 1/4" D; excellent condition.
2017.30.2." (Source: Mystic Seaport Museum. [Catalog Entry.] http://mobius.mysticseaport.org/detail.php?term=aida&module=objects&type=keyword&x=0&y=0&kv=484009&record=6&module=objects, retrieved December 30, 2017.)

"Dates of contract '11th day of April, 1926 and delivery 'on or about July 1, 1926' from original contract in collection of Herreshoff Marine Museum." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. January 15, 2015.)

"Built in 81 days (contract to delivered; equivalent to $127/day, 133 lbs displacement/day)." (Source: van der Linde, Claas. January 1, 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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