Saturday, May 19, 2012

Design 95 - Game Cock


Game Cock was designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in 1925.  She is an R-Class sloop.  Her original sailplan was a Marconi rig with a headstay, but with no spreaders whatsoever and with only a single cap shroud per side, and no backstay.  The deckhouse came to a point at the front end like most all R-Class boats from Herreshoff. The rig was eventually changed to the wishbone boom configuration you see in the image above.  Both rigs proved to be a disappointment.

I can tell very little but that the firm was commissioned to redesign the rig as you see her drawn below and make modifications to the general arrangement, also shown.  I do not believe we were involved with the changes to her deckhouse geometry.  The plans, pulled here from our microfiche files, are obviously in deplorable condition.


 
I have no idea why this presentation plan was prepared but it conveniently shows her principal dimensions and those of the new rig.  It's curious as the files show the plan work we did was done in 1935 yet the plan below references an owner from 1944.  Perhaps that was added later as it appears to be done by a different hand.

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  2. Your plan date of 1935 is interesting, because in 1935 and 1936 the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company was still busy drawing sail and rig plan for Game Cock, owner D. L. Braine. First some proposed sails for the wishbone boom rig in May and July 1935, then some wishboom hanging and other details in June and August 1936, and finally a jib boom for Game Cock in November 1936. Which seems to have been the last plan drawn for Game Cock by the HMCo.

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