Presented is a near
perfect example of an unusual builder's half hull model which is likely the work of a master model maker of the Herreshoff
Manufacturing Company of Bristol, RI. The design is the work of A. Sidney Herreshoff, 1886 -1970, the oldest of Cap'n Nat's five
sons only two of whom followed in their father's footsteps. It is an evolution of the one off "Silver Heels", design number
1204 of 1931 that was used by the company to test new concepts, and serve as a demonstrator.
A year after "Silver Heels" was introduced, Sidney designed a less expensive version to
meet the challenges of the "Great Depression". This boat was first known only as the 23 foot LWL
sloop, and based on an initial purchase of eight boats by the Fishers Island Yacht Club, starting with design 1212 through
design 1225, was subsequently known by the FI 23 and later the FI H-23 designations. As a class. they raced
at Fishers Island from 1932 - 1955, and some of them are still sailing today.
Sidney Herreshoff, (1896 - 1991) was an accomplished designer in
his own right and is given credit for the "Wishbone Rig" and designed most of HMC's motor yachts during the
1930's. He worked as the company's chief designer after his Dad retired from the business. One of his later sailing designs
was "Arion", 42 feet, the first large size fiberglass yacht built in 1955. He also was the founder of the Herreshoff Museum
in 1971 which is located on the site of the original boatyard which ceased operations in 1946.
BUILDER'S MARKINGS: On
the reverse side of the half hull are carefully drawn stations, 43 in total, scribed in pencil, 3/4" apart. There also is
the rudder post's location shown in the same manner. Most builders models are designed to come apart, and lines
are expanded to full size in a process called "lofting" which defines the shape of the hull. This model does not disassemble, so
the purpose of the lines is to show position of the frames on the keel which must be positioned before the strakes
are added to form the hull.
CONDITION: The model is in remarkably good condition
considering that it probably dates from around 1932 or 75 years ago. There are four to six holes
on the back that show it was originally mounted on a backboard. The one it is mounted on is a recent replacement in the style
of the early 1930's. Just below the shearline at amidships is 1" x1/4" dent which is not noticeable from a couple of feet
away. The same may be said for 2" piece of the toe rail which is missing at the rail directly opposite the end of the coming.
On the deck the cap rail is missing right at the top edge of transom and deck joint. There are some tiny age bubbles
in the white paint as a result of sapping and a couple of blemishes in the green bottom paint, but taken as a whole all these
add to the model's history.
Builder's Marks showing
Finely honed underbody with fin keel
Large rudder and sculptured aft
DOWN FOR GALLERY PICTURES
inch equals one foot:
LOA 33 1/2"
Beam x 2 = 7"
37 1/2" L x 11 1/2" H x 3/4" T
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