BUCCANEER Found! Will it live to see another day?
-BUCCANNEER as found in New Hampshire
A previously unknown Buzzard’s Bay 15 has been discovered near the shores of Lake Winnipesauke in New Hampshire. Built in 1917 and christened BUCCANEER, it is Herreshoff Manufacturing Company hull number 822.
The discovery is especially exciting because so few boats of this notable class are known to still be sailing. Company records tell us HMC built 92 of these boats between 1899 and 1928. Of those, 29 have known whereabouts, 60 are unaccounted for, and 3 are known to have been destroyed.
Passed down through the owner’s family and waiting to be restored, Buccaneer may come back to its previous racing form and beauty. With this discovery, we believe most or nearly all that still exist have been discovered. If you know of any Buzzard’s Bay 15’s background and ultimate fate, please share your story with us!
A little background
The Buzzard’s Bay 15s were designed for speed and are notable for competitive class racing. They are thrilling to sail: fast, stiff, and responsive. At top speed, they create such little turbulence that they leave minimal wake. Even at more than a hundred years old, a 15 footer can give most modern boats a run for their money.
- LWL: 15'
- LOA: 24' 6"
- Draft: 2'4", and 5' 6" with the board down.
Three variations of the boat were built: the original gaff rig centerboard design; the Newport 15 which has a 6" deeper keel; and the Watch Hill 15s which were Marconi rigged. One of the latter, named FIREFLY is currently on display at the Theodore Francis Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island. Also there were a few special boats with deeper full keels.
-MURMUR, a Herreshoff 15 Footer replica built by Artisan Boatworks.
Save the date for these notable upcoming events:
-March 16-18; Maine Boatbuilders Show, Portland, Maine
-April 28; The Classic Yacht Symposium hosted by the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island.
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