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Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard

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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.