An impressive box-set publication, dedicated to one of the storied chapters in yachting's Golden Age, is available for the holidays.
"Mariette & the Herreshoff Schooners" ($295, LTYachting Editions, 2010) by Jacques Taglang and Claas van der Linde is a two-volume, 534-page collection featuring stunning photography of the ornate beauty launched in 1916 and one of the last "cathedrals of American yachting."
The steel schooner, now with its 17th owner, still sails today and the book includes more than 400 photos and illustrations from the past and present from photographers Nigel Pert, Edwin Levick and Beken of Cowes.
Mariette was designed by the "Wizard of Bristol," Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, R.I.
The first part of the book features numerous testimonies and insights on the yacht, including those of Lou Boudreau, Erik Pascoli, Tom Perkins, Tom Eaton, Chris Gartner, and Charlie Wroe.
The second part relates the story of the rare Herreshoff-designed schooners - 15 in all, with nine of these built of steel - and includes contributions by Maynard Bray (who has also contributed the preface to the book), Llewellyn Howland III, John Lammerts van Bueren and Luigi Lang.
A specially created folder accompanies the book and contains 45 unique documents, including 35 previously unpublished Herreshoff Manufacturing Company schooner plans (construction, sail and accommodations) and two reproductions of oil paintings by artist Jamie Medlin. The lines plans of Mariette, redrawn by François Chevalier, will be of interest to modelers.
This article originally appeared in the Home Waters sections of the January 2011 issue.