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Our new exhibit in the Shipyard Gallery takes visitors behind the scenes of the Henry B. duPont Shipyard, into the work we do restoring and preserving historic vessels. A bird’s eye model of the Shipyard provides orientation to the dynamic site, while images and information about past and current projects show the range of activities over the last 40 years. Using photos, sample materials, and the words of the workers themselves, the exhibit answers such common questions as:
- Has this site always been a shipyard?
- Why do wooden vessels need so much maintenance?
- How do we combat those “agents of destruction”?
- What materials and tools do we use and why?
Through touch, sound, and sight, visitors are brought deeply (but safely) into the story.
In addition to highlighting past projects, the exhibit also includes a changing section devoted to the current major project. The first offering in this area is a look at the restoration of Mayflower II, owned by Plimoth Plantation. The exhibit also explores the construction of the vessel in Brixham, England, and the deep feelings that Americans have for the iconic Mayflower and Mayflower II through photos, video, collectibles, and models.