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To meet the growing demands of an aging wooden fleet Mystic Seaport, under the leadership of Waldo Johnston, made a major commitment to the preservation of its ships by building the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard on the former site of the Charles Mallory shipyard. The first major task for the new Preservation Shipyard, the first of its kind, was to restore the National Historic Landmark Charles W. Morgan, signaling a new mission for the Museum: the preservation of maritime skills as well as artifacts. The shipyard needed skilled shipwrights to care for the Museum’s wooden fleet, so it became a center for both experienced shipbuilders and young people eager to learn. With the arrival of John Gardner, Mystic Seaport widened its emphasis on traditional wooden small craft and began to offer boatbuilding and boat-handling classes. This effort to preserve maritime skills included the new Special Demonstration Squad, created to engage visitors in traditional maritime skills, such as sail-handling, rowing, and fishsplitting.

Donated to Mystic Seaport in 1970, the Thomas Oyster House was brought  from New Haven by barge, restored on land, and then placed on its waterfront pier by crane in 1984.1970

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Sabino in the Museum's Shipyard, 19781976

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