Racing sloop. "Bull's Eye. Nathaniel Herreshoff, Bristol, RI, 1914." Decorative half model, 20th century, scale unknown. Naval Historical Center Collections.
Known variously as a "Bull's Eye," "Buzzard's Bay 12.5 footer," "Buzzards Bay Boy Boat," or a "Doughfish," Nathaniel Green Herreshoff designed and built the first twenty of these small and popular "one-design" sport sailers between 30 October and 14 November 1914 (hulls 744-762.) Capable of seating several people, they measured only 12.5 feet at the waterline and originally sold for $420 each. Many more were built over the years and production of the boat ceased in about 1939. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, RI, designed and built boats, sail and engine-powered yachts, America's Cup racers, and military vessels from 1878 to 1945.
Models #2 and 9 are stylistically similar.
Bray, Maynard and Carlton Pinheiro. Herreshoff of Bristol: A Photographic History of America's Greatest Yacht and Boat Builders. Brooklin ME: Wooden Boat Publications, 1989.
Hasselbalch, Kurt, Frances Overcash, and Angela Reddin, comps. Guide to the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Collection. The Design Records of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA: Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections, 1997.
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