L. Francis Herreshoff , was a boat designer, naval architect, editor and author of books and magazine articles.
He was born on November 11, 1890 in Bristol, Rhode Island to Clara Anna DeWolf and Nathanael Greene Herreshoff.
Early in his career he worked for the Herreshoff Manufacturing and for naval architect Starling Burgess. In 1926 he became self-employed, designing both racing and cruising sailing yachts, plus many canoes, kayaks and other small craft. He died in December 1972.