Peter Sterrett of Herreshoff Yacht Sales reports that a previously unknown Buzzards Bay 15 has been discovered near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee 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,” wrote Sterrett in a recent company email. “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 have been destroyed. With this discovery, we believe most or nearly all of the 15s that still exist have been discovered.”
Three variations of the Buzzards Bay 15 were built: the original gaff rig centerboard design; the Newport 15 (which has a deeper keel); and the Watch Hill 15 (which were Marconi rigged). One of the Watch Hill models, named Firefly, is currently on display at the Theodore Francis Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island. A few special boats with deeper full keels were also built.
Buzzards Bay 15 Details:
- LWL 15′
- LOA 24′ 6″
- Draft 2′ 4″ (5′ 6″ w/ board down)