Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard

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Shipwrights working on the CHARLES W. MORGAN restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport

Witness the 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, these sights are also being used, allowing us to employ historic methods for historic vessels.