80-year old Frostbite Dinghy joins Herreshoff fleet

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The Herreshoff Marine Museum recently announced the newest addition to its collection of classic boats — the Herreshoff Class “B” one-design Frostbite dinghy named Ankle Deep, which was built in 1934 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, R.I., for Charles Glenn Moody of Boston.

Ankle Deep is in nearly original condition, according to the museum. The dinghy has been in the Moody family since it was new and was donated in January by Moody’s children in memory of their father. 

The donation includes the original purchase contract and invoice, cotton sails, canvas, and scrapbooks full of sailing correspondence.

In 1934, The Rudder magazine sponsored a design competition for a new one-design frostbite dinghy to meet the North American Dinghy Association rules for Class “B,” and the design of Nicholas S. Potter of the design firm of Potter & Strawbridge was selected. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. built the first fleet of 20-odd boats for use at Larchmont, N.Y., and Marblehead, Mass. Both Strawbridge and Potter had worked in the design office of the Herreshoff Co. under chief designer Sidney Herreshoff.

The dinghy will go on display on Feb. 8 at the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s 2nd Annual Frostbiter’s Bash, a winter party supporting the museum’s programs. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. and tickets for the Bash can be purchased on-line at www.frostbitersbash.com or for information call Maggie Church at (401) 253-5000.