Mystic Seaport Preservation Shipyard
These aren't your father's shipbuilders. More like your great-grandfather's.
Witness the lost art of wooden shipbuilding in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, an awe-inspiring opportunity to watch skilled craftspeople perform skills made nearly extinct by steel and fiberglass.
From a visitors’ gallery, the Shipyard offers a bird’s eye view of carpenters’ shops, an amazing 85-foot spar lathe, a rigging loft and a large, open area where the Museum’s vessels are brought indoors for repair.
Other shipyard sights include a paint shop, a metalworking shop, documentation shop, lumber shed and an old-fashioned saw mill full of rough-cut logs.
Best of all, everything’s being used – historic methods for historic vessels.
Learn more about what's going on in the Shipyard:
Did you know?
The recreated freedom schooner Amistad was built at Mystic Seaport's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Buy the Amistad Launch Commemorative Coin today!