It off obtains a diploma for the occupation of engineer in mechanics of the Massachusetts Institute Technology in 1870.
After a first career as engineer out of steam engine with Providence, it started to be interested in the naval architecture in 1890. It founds in Bristol a shipyard, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company , with his John brother, blind.
It is also one of the first originator of sailing ships Catamaran.
The site of the building site became the Herreshoff Marine Museum since 1971.
Boats of America' S Cup
"Vigilant" , 1893 with Herreshoff with the bar.
- " Defender" , 1895 skippé by Charlie Barr
- " Columbia" , 1899 & 1901, 39m92, 1200m of fabric, barred by Charlie Barr
- " Reliance" , 1903 a giant of 43m, 1500m of fabric, always barred by Charlie Barr.
- " Resolute" , 1920 barred by Charles Francis Adams.
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