Martin Erismann was a Glasgow-trained naval architect who practiced on both the US East and West Coasts. He was sort fo a proto-Howard Chapelle, for he had a major interest in documenting disappearing working craft. Indeed, he built a copy of a Block Island Cowhorn, called ROARING BESSIE, that he sailed for pleasure on Massachusetts Bay. The copy was based on an original orkboat, LENA M, that he had purchased with the intent of restoring, but the boat was too far gone for that.
The following pages from The Rudder emerged from the WoodenBoat desginer archives recently during a search of Erismann's file. This captivating little yawl, a 24-footer, would be the perfect vehicle for weekend explorations of Eggemoggin Reach.