A Shipyard Comes Alive: Restoring Dreams at Mystic Seaport

They are equipped with classic tools and endless passion. Today, a group of dedicated professionals are handcrafting repairs and the restoration of 100-year-old vessels. With experience supported by decades of meticulous research, including the project that breathed new life into the 1841 Charles W. Morgan, America’s last wooden whaleship, artisans continue their work at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport. They work to give new life to Mayflower II and the last coal-fired wooden steamboat, Sabino. They honor centuries-old ways with a contemporary feel to restore last of their kind vessels. All of it under the gaze of visitors, who marvel at their collective efforts.