Mystic, Conn. (December 1, 2022) – Mystic Seaport Museum is set to launch the 1885 Schooner Yacht Coronet currently located in Newport, Rhode Island on Friday, December 2. Over the course of the past few weeks, the building which housed Coronet has been dismantled to allow a 1000-ton floating crane to access the vessel.
The below images show the progression of the work done to date, as well as the preliminary sketches for moving the vessel.
Photos courtesy of the @coronetnyc Instagram account.
Once lifted from land, it will be placed in the water adjacent to IYRS School of Technology and Trades, where it has been undergoing restoration since 2006. The vessel will remain there for several days allowing the new hull planking to swell and seal the hull before being towed to the Henry B. du Pont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport Museum for completion of the restoration project, a process that is expected to take approximately three years. The timing of the lift cannot be pinpointed at this time, but crane movements and setup will be happening all day.
Once towed, the journey to Mystic will take approximately eight hours and will end through the Mystic Bascule Bridge, up the Mystic River to the shipyard at the south end of the Museum. An arrival date to the Museum has not yet been confirmed as the voyage is weather dependent. More information will be forthcoming.
Several factors, including weather, will affect the launch and departure date of Coronet from IYRS. We recommend following our social channels for the latest updates and a live stream (Facebook & Instagram) of the event.
For more information regarding the history of Coronet, Crew, and IYRS, see our original press release here:
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Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime Museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. For more information, please visit mysticseaport.org and follow the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.