136 years after Nathanael Greene Herreshoff's catamaran Amaryllis sailed in Narragansett Bay...
In 1876, Nathanael Greene Herreshoff designed the first modern catamaran: Amaryllis. We do not have the drawings of this “double boat”, but it’s interesting to watch the design of his second “double-hulled sailing boat” John Gilpin (1877).
|©François Chevalier - John Gilpin 1877 sail plan|
On May 1876, Amaryllis was launched from the Herreshoff’s Bristol yard.
|©Herreshoff Marine Museum - Amaryllis II, 1933 (Amaryllis - 1876 - replica)|
136 years later, on June 2012, the AC45 are racing in Newport waters, not far from Bristol!
|©François Chevalier - AC45 lines - 2012|
As we explained in a previous post on June 11th, catamarans are part of the America’s Cup history for many years even if it was necessary to wait more than 135 years to confirm this mysterious connection.
1876... 1877... 2012... What a premonition. The America's Cup legend is still underway!