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Charles Frederick Herreshoff

consultant engineer , naval architect

Charles Frederick Herreshoff, French consultant engineer, naval architect. Member Society Automotive Engineers.


Herreshoff, Charles Frederick was born on May 28, 1876 in Nice, France. Son of James Brown and Jane Brown Herreshoff.


Student Glasgow (Scotland) U.


; married second, Virginia Townsend, May 26, 1943. Chief engineer American & British Manufacturing Company, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1904-1908. Vice-president and chief engineer, Herreshoff Motor Company, Detroit, 1908-1909, president, 1909-1910, vice-president and general manager, 1910-1914.

Invented an engine to run by superheated steam up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Center control for automobile. Electric switch for electric horn on steering gear of automobile, etc.

A leader in originating improvements in automobiles and steam yachts. Designer of Alabama, motor yacht champion of America, 1907, 08, 09. Of Vim, winner interstate races, New York to Poughkeepsie, 1908, 09.

Of Chickadee, winner of Massachusetts Yacht Association cup. Of Vivian, winner Hudson-Fulton Celebration races, etc. World’s record holder for mile championship, United States Navy Course, Hudson River, 1907.

Winner of Canad’s cup, with Iroquois, etc. Herreshoff motor car won gold medal of America Automobile Association, 1910, and same year won more prizes than any other car. Designer of Nevada, 65 Rater, 1901, winner of Glasgow, Scotland, international exposition races, also largest winner of any American designed yacht in foriegn waters.


Member Society Automotive Engineers.


Married Edna M. Burt, 1912 (deceased.; married second, Virginia Townsend, May 26, 1943.

James Brown

Jane Brown Herreshoff

Edna M. Burt

Virginia Townsend