recommendations for museums on catboats


The Herreshoff Marine Museum ; Bristol;  Rhode Island RI; USA

Herreshoff, one of the great names in american yacht design. Beside the numerous designs which had been successful in defending the Americas Cup this museum accomodates also the worlds oldest surviving catboat.

Cape Cod Maritime Museum ; Hyannis, MA; Massachusetts, USA

on display is the history of boatbuilding around the cape cod area from catboats to clippers.                  

Osterville Historical Museum ; Osterville, MA; Massachusetts, USA

is the museum for all friends of the american catboat. On display is the site of the original boatbuilding shop of the Crosby family and it is about the history of this famous boatbuilding family.

Classic Boat Museum , Isle of Wight  ; Isle of Wight, UK

in the only european museum with relation to catboats shows for the time being the building of a replica of one of the early catboats types which had been popular in the UK. The original is the "Vigia" from 1872. 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum ; St. Michaels, MD; Maryland; USA

on display is the history of oyster fishing in the Chesapeake Bay among many other themes.

Martha's Vineyard Museum ; Edgartown-Marthas Vineyard, MA; Massachusetts; USA

beside the permanent exhibition the museum does have also a floating exhibit on display, the 22 ft catboat, which had been built 1923 in Edgartown by Manuel Schwartz Roberts. 

Mystic seaport- The Museum of America and the Sea  ; Mystic, CT; Connecticut; USA 

In 1987 a replica of an original Crosby catboat, the "Breck Marshall" had been built using similar techniques and tools as had been used aleady 100 years before.  Also of interest is one of the early so called "sandbaggers" with a large oversize sail area and rigg, the "Annie" .          

The Long Island Maritime Museum  ; West Sayville, NY; New York; USA

this small maritime museum is located in historic place and displays a collection of 30 examples of regional boatbuilding skills on various small boats.

Toms River Seaport Society & Maritime Museum ; Toms River, NJ; New Jersey; USA

The Toms River Seaport Society accomodates a number of about 30 boats, which had been used in the waters surrounding the  Barnegat Bay and Toms River. Among the boats there is also a 17ft. catboat, designed by Charles Mower and built at Morton Johnson, the "Monsoon".