Lecture: "Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship" presented by Paul Ferrell, author and illustrator

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2017 Lecture Series

The Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Annual Lecture Series brings the knowledge of established authors, sailors, and experts directly to the public. Learn from some of the best sailors, writers, historians, and accomplished individuals amongst historic Herreshoff Boats and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Tickets are availble online at herreshoff.org/store or at the door the day of the event.

The 2017 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, and Gowrie Group.

Reception begins at 6:00pm

Lecture begins at 7:00pm

Tickets are $10 for Members and $18 for Non-Members

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June 1st

"Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" presented by Bob Anderson

Applying technology to improve our enjoyment and understanding of the waters we share for recreation and commerce has been a continual theme at Herreshoff Manufacturing and throughout the marine industry for centuries. And so it continues with a the intersection of modern electronics, automated vehicle controls, GPS-aided navigation, specialized sensors and composite materials that improve our knowledge of the sea. As a follow-on to a successful presentation last season by John Jackson of the Naval War College on the topic of Aeriel drones and their role in imagining our lands from the sky, Bob Anderson, co-founder of OceanServer Technology in nearby Fall River, will present an overview of the sub-sea corollary referred to an Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). Specifically, the Iver3 AUV is a small, man-portable AUV system that OceanServer began marketing about 10 years ago for use in a variety of coastal applications such as imaging objects on the seafloor, confirming water depths and bathometric features, and monitoring the environmental and chemical characteristics of a water column. Bob will present a brief overview of the technical elements of AUVs in general, and share some imagery and photos form recent field projects.

HMM member, local sailor and technology entrepreneur, Bob Anderson has the perfect job. After a career at several Boston-areas computer manufacturers (including a successful small electronics start-up), Bob briefly retired in 2003 before joining a like-minded 'boater' with skills and interest in the emerging robotics and vehicle controls innovation emerging from US Navy, DARPA and NSF funded research. They formed a company focused on cost reducing and commercializing available technical pieces into a small Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for shallow water applications. Fast forward thirteen years and over 300 'robots' later, the industry has evolved from a technical niche into a much broader market with growing public understanding and interest.

July 20th

"Matthew Barnes: An American Shipwright in Norseland" presented by Matthew Barnes

Photo by Werner Karrasch of the Viking Ship MuseumMatthew Barnes is a 2010 graduate from the International Yacht Restoration School and is currently a boat builder and lead shipwright for the Mystic Seaport Museum overseeing the 30 month restoration of the Mayflower II.

In the summer of 2016, Matthew spent 12 weeks apprenticing at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark assisting in the traditional reconstruction of the Gislinge Boat, a 30’ fishing boat from the Viking Age. During his trip, he also visited 7 countries in Europe and Scandinavia, following the path westward of the Norse people of the Viking Age including Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Amsterdam, Scotland, Norway, Sweden and England researching and documenting the effect this expansion had on wooden boatbuilding.

In his lecture he will be discussing the traditional building methods used in the construction of a ship during the Viking Age. He will also be covering his findings of the Norse effect on wooden boat building in the North Atlantic and the World, which is still evident today over a 1000 years later.

Visit his blog at www.americanshipwright.com.

August 17th, 2017

"Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship" presented by Paul Ferrell, author and illustrator

The story behind the story: 25 years of writing, drawing and assembling the story of tugs

In TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED, architect Paul Farrell— tugboat enthusiast and masterful artist—brings his passion to a volume that details every aspect of tugs and their work, from the little boom boats that corral riverborne logs near sawmills to the massive ocean salvage vessels that are often as big as the ships they tow.

Throughout this labor of love—which took a quarter century to complete—Farrell uses his own wonderful sketches and diagrams as well as historic and contemporary photographs, artistic renditions, unusual documentation, and detailed engineering diagrams to unveil the rare beauty of the tugboat and how the design and manufacture of these tough little vessels accompanied the rapid pace of shipbuilding all over the world. From the purpose-driven yet elegant physics of propeller design to the frustrating limits of early diesel engines, from the beloved children’s favorite Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky to the intricacies of a tow cable, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED’s text and images provide a comprehensive understanding of the technology and philosophy that drive these low-slung “floating engines.”

Farrell also investigates the many aspects of life on a tugboat, as well as the different shiphandling methods that have developed as captains and crews take on the varied challenges presented by luxury liners, tankers, vehicle carriers, barges, oil exploration rigs, and pretty much every other kind of boat afloat and seeking assistance when coming into or going out of the harbor. Farrell notes that “tugs are like no other vessels in sturdiness of construction, power in relation to size, and the boat-handling ability of their crews.”

The work of an insightful and creative observer, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED explores the emotional resonance of these waterfront workhorses, showing how the environment and the complex challenges tugs faced shaped the industrial development and the increasingly important role of the high-thrust, low-speed boats that prowl the world’s rivers, canals, and seaports to ensure that shipping flows smoothly. Part tribute, part catalog, part user’s guide, and part scrapbook, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED is a singular work of art, blending technology and design with history and human interest.

About the Author: Paul Farrell is an architect with a lifelong enthusiasm for tugboats and the working waterfront. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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