Half Model of the Pilot Schooner Hesper

Hesper was a Boston pilot schooner, designed for speed in order to be the first to reach offshore merchant vessels and escort them through the treacherous harbor islands into the port. The fastest boat got to the client first, and Hesper had the reputation of being the fastest of the fast throughout her working career. Designed in 1884 by Boston naval architect Dennison J. Lawlor, the schooner measured 102 feet on deck by 23 feet in beam, with a 12-foot draft.
Currently on loan
Object Name
half model, pilot schooner
Lawlor, Dennison J.
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Dennison J. Lawlor, Shipbuilder, Chelsea, Massachusetts

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