NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic

The 1926 Nathanael Herreshoff-designed NY40 MARILEE recently underwent a complete restoration by French & Webb in Belfast, Maine. This two-year-plus restoration was tremendously successful due to the collaborative effort of many artisans, engineers, curators and crew whose passion and commitment to the project were beyond compare. This was not your ‘typical’ restoration of a wooden classic. Modern innovations and engineering were combined with meticulous and artistic craftsmanship. With access to the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s building plans and documents archived at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collections, this restoration turned out to be an amazing yacht with an equally amazing story.


This film has been made available to the public by the current custodian of MARILEE, with the purpose of sharing the amazing story of a piece of American history and the genius of the yacht designer, Nathanael Herreshoff. Historical photos courtesy of: Hart Nautical Collections at the MIT Museum; Mystic Seaport Museum, Rosenfeld Collection; Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library; Herreshoff Museum Museum; Mariners’ Museum of Newport News; Bedford Whaling Museum; Library of Congress Copyright 2018 ©NY40 MARILEE RACING LLC Copyright 2018 ©ALISON LANGLEY FILMS Copyright 2018 ©ALISON LANGLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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