Nathanael Greene Herreshoff
Nathanael G. Herreshoff was a singular genius whose 75-year career produced six America’s Cup winners and hundreds of other highly successful vessels. He introduced modern catamarans and designed highly efficient steam engines. And he built the first torpedo boats for the U.S. Navy and the first steam-powered fishing vessels in the United States. The many Herreshoff boats still winning races today further attest to his legendary standing.
Herreshoff’s career is a bridge from traditional to modern marine engineering and design. A less appreciated aspect of his legacy is that he set the bar for all future MIT graduates in this field. With unsurpassed contributions as a designer and engineer, he continues to influence yacht design and marine engineering to the present day.