Herreshoff 12 1/2
By: Bobb Tomsett
This popular small sailing craft was designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff and first manufactured in 1914 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. in Bristol, Rhode Island. Approximately 360 of them were built between the years of 1914 and 1943 . She was designed as a safe training boat for children and eventually became financially H.M.C.'s best boat, and under private ownership endures to this day as a cherished day sailer, and with marconi rig was the forerunner to the BULL'S EYE . The model is solid wood hull of agba and jelutong; floorboard decking is laid and simulated hull frames are exposed. She is a gaff-rigged sloop of wire and thread, with natural finish hull bottom, white topsides, all basic deck gear & fittings of brass and wood. Model is presented on a mahogany base with inlaid mirror, in a glazed case trimmed in brass.