DRAGON is a near replica of the 1882 Herreshoff steam launch #94 recently donated to HMM and was built in 2017 by Redd's Pond Boatworks in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Featured in an article by Stan Grayson in Woodboat issue 261 there is nothing quite like it around today. Come for the historical design of this unique vessel and stay for the tale of how an original engine survived over a century to find its way back to sea again.
Doug Park had the privilege of building DRAGON as the owner of Redd's Pond Boatworks. Growing up in Marblehead he spent a lot of time on the water and when he was 17, after a high school summer spent on board the schooner Harvey Gamage, he began an apprenticeship under Thad Danielson at Redd's Pond Boatworks. Life took him away from boats as he earned a physics degree and worked various jobs around the country until he finally decided to pursue his true calling and enrolled in the IYRS boat building restoration program in Newport, RI. Upon graduation he worked as a shipwright at Mystic Seaport until Thad offered him the opportunity to take over the business at Redd’s Pond. Seven years later, Redd’s Pond Boatworks is thriving with a customer-based approach to construction and restoration of power, sail, and hand powered boats.