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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

Please Note: The Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard will be closed to visitors from January 2 through February 12, 2016, however, special Winter Vessel Tours showcasing steamboat Sabino, Plimoth Plantation’s Mayflower II, schooner Amistad, and the Charles W. Morgan will be offered weekends from January 2 through February 7, 2016. For complete information about the winter 2016 schedule at Mystic Seaport, please read this news story on our website.

A Working Shipyard

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.