B. B. Crowninshield

1867 - 1948


An American designer best known for his racing craft that appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. Born into a old and wealthy New England family that went back several generations, Crowninshield served a short apprenticeship with John R. Purdon, before opening his own design and brokerage firm in 1892 and some time later a shipyard at Somersett MA where he built cargo schooners for world war I. It was here that the 7 masted schooner, 'Charles W. Lawson', was built.
As a designer of yachts, Crowninshield was known for his long, sleek 'knockabout' sloops, 2 Americas Cup contenders and a number of successful racing schooners. A number of other renowned designers got their start at the firm including Charles Mower and John Alden.

Sailboats Designed By B. B. Crowninshield

Model LOA First Built
CAMDEN CLASS 28.25 ft / 8.61 m 1915
DARK HARBOR 12 1/2 20.16 ft / 6.14 m 1915
DARK HARBOR 17 1/2 25.83 ft / 7.87 m 1908


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