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    Default Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    Should be nice to see her at Mystic getting finished finally!


    Coronet, the 1885 schooner, and what may be considered the last of the Gilded Age yachts, will be making her way to Mystic for a three-year restoration. The hauling process is proving to be an impressive undertaking in and of itself, as the vessel is currently on dry dock atIYRS School of Technology and Trades.


    First launched in 1885, Coronet was one of the most elegant sailing yachts of her day. Intended for crossing the ocean in style, the 131-foot schooner was designed by William Townsend and built for Rufus T. Bush by the C. & R. Poillon shipyard in Brooklyn. Bush then put forth a $10,000 challenge (roughly $300,000 in today’s dollars) against any other yacht for a transatlantic race. The ocean race between the Coronet and the yacht Dauntless in March 1887 made Rufus T. Bush and the victorious Coronet famous—the New York Times devoted its entire first page on March 28, 1887 to the story.

    Since 1995, Coronet has been under restoration at IYRS School of Technology & Trades, the premier marine trades and modern manufacturing school in the United States. Originally purchased as a student project to provide the hands-on experience in historic wooden vessel restoration the school is known for, the schooner was later sold to a private buyer but remained at IYRS under restoration by a team of shipwrights who included IYRS alumni. Coronet has been one of Newport’s favorite maritime attractions during its years at IYRS.

    Over the course of the next few weeks, Coronet will be moved from dry dock at IYRS and hauled to the Museum in a complex and meticulously planned series of events managed by Mystic, according to IYRS. Currently underway is the dismantling of the building where Coronet resides, allowing a 1000-ton floating crane to access the vessel. Coronet will then be lifted from the former building site to a dock near IYRS. From there it will make the journey from Newport to Mystic on an eight-hour trip that will end through the Mystic Bascule Bridge and up the Mystic River to the ship lift at the south end of the Museum. Coronet will reside there until restoration is complete, a process that is expected to take approximately three years.


    Coronet was recently purchased by Crew, a New York-based company run by brothers Alex and Miles Pincus, according to IYRS. The purchase and continued restoration efforts of Coronet are in line with Crew’s notable history of historic vessel restoration. “Coronet is without equal. Her restoration is a calling that we feel destined to pursue,” says Alex Pincus, CEO of Crew.
    The Museum and the team at the Shipyard have worked with Crew over the years to maintain vessels in their existing fleet, most recently, Pilot, a wooden schooner with a nearly 100-year history that now serves as a seasonal oyster bar located at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. “Working with Crew has always been a pleasure, and they understand the historic preservation of their fleet. We look forward to this exciting project to bring Coronet to life,” says Chris Gasiorek, Senior Vice President of Operations and Watercraft at Mystic Seaport Museum.


    Visitors to the Museum will be able to view the progress of the restoration as the Shipyard offers a unique opportunity to watch its shipwrights while they work. The restoration team will again include IYRS alumni who are looking forward to bringing Coronet’s restoration full circle.
    https://whatsupnewp.com/2022/11/coro...chooner-yacht/


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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    I am seeing what appears to be shorty planks. If true, it is surprising.
    (About one third back from bow, for example)

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    After looking at the website of "Crew", and reading the article, I'm left with the impression that what there is of Coronet is going to become a floating cocktail lounge permanently chained to some pier.
    Chuck Hancock

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    so...one third done ?

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Gold Rock View Post
    After looking at the website of "Crew", and reading the article, I'm left with the impression that what there is of Coronet is going to become a floating cocktail lounge permanently chained to some pier.
    In which case that short plank won't make much difference.

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    "The upper half of Coronet is double planked, meaning that there are 2 layers of planking, one on top of the other. The layers are arranged such that the outer planks cover the seams of the inner planks. Traditionally the layers of planking are glued together with thickened shellac, but that’s because they didn’t have epoxy. We have epoxy, and that’s what we use."
    from their website
    also, they scarphed the planks instead of butt blocks ,so , the short planks are moot

    this is the beginning of the topside planking
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    "The upper half of Coronet is double planked, meaning that there are 2 layers of planking, one on top of the other. The layers are arranged such that the outer planks cover the seams of the inner planks. Traditionally the layers of planking are glued together with thickened shellac, but that’s because they didn’t have epoxy. We have epoxy, and that’s what we use."
    from their website
    also, they scarphed the planks instead of butt blocks ,so , the short planks are moot

    this is the beginning of the topside planking
    This sounds like a very good plan for the planking.

    I wonder what is going on in the first Post with the squared off blank paint line? It kind of follows where the waterline might be, but is it a tar coating? It sure makes it look like butt joints

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    I've been following Coronet since she went into the shed in Newport back in 2005 and looked like this... to say she was looking a little rough would be an understatement. While Leo's project with Tally Ho is very similar, Coronet is 3 times larger.

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    In 2012 IYRS was building the new frames

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    In 2021 I had a couple of beers with one of the guys patterning the deck, I didn't get a shot of it but did get a photo of the planking and transom.

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    Considering the boat was only supposed to be in Newport for 3 years, spending that much time in Mystic is wildly optimistic.
    spending most of my time on the water, in winter it just takes a different form

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    "While Leo's project with Tally Ho is very similar, Coronet is 3 times larger."
    Coronet is at least 6 times bigger.
    30 tons vs 180
    both were going to take just a few years

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    scarfing those planks is a waste of time

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by rkymtnsailor View Post
    I've been following Coronet since she went into the shed in Newport back in 2005 and looked like this... to say she was looking a little rough would be an understatement. While Leo's project with Tally Ho is very similar, Coronet is 3 times larger.


    Considering the boat was only supposed to be in Newport for 3 years, spending that much time in Mystic is wildly optimistic.
    I think Mystic is a little better at planning and has consistently employed team of shipwrights to move it along. I think they will be a lot closer to their estimate than IYRS was.

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Gold Rock View Post
    After looking at the website of "Crew", and reading the article, I'm left with the impression that what there is of Coronet is going to become a floating cocktail lounge permanently chained to some pier.
    From an email I received from "Crew", it sounds as if they plan to have her sailing "When she’s complete, we’re planning to recreate her 1887 race across the Atlantic."

    I'm often passing by Pilot, one of their boat/floating cocktail lounges. That boat has beautiful lines (it was designed as an ocean racer) and I'm often saddened that she isn't still sailing. That said, being preserved, even as a restaurant, is a much better fate than being cut up, and I'm glad there are some people at least attempting to preserve some of these boats.

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    A few pics from Facebook. They will be gone from here in a fre weeks or less but....



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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    The Wooden Boat Show in Mystic will be awesome this coming June with Arabella’s launch just before the Show and Coronet to see, too.

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    I remember seeing her lines in an issue of WoodenBoat. Such a classically great shape.

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by peter radclyffe View Post
    It nice to see her slip through the Highway Bridge. I always struggle with the idea of her being a restoration vs a rebuild. All her frames and planks are new but copied from the original and much of her interior is original. I think she even has her original organ that was in the parlor. The Museum of yachting had some really nice displays of her interior. In either case she will be a sight to see when done.

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    Default Re: Coronet is being moved to Mystic to complete its restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    The Wooden Boat Show in Mystic will be awesome this coming June with Arabella’s launch just before the Show and Coronet to see, too.
    Agreed. Time to make plans.

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