Saturday, July 21, 2012

International Yacht Restoration School, Newport, Rhode Island

International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS)
It is exciting to see Newport's International Yacht Restoration School.  This two year program is filled with passionate students, focuses on "learning to do" not just "learning to know," and has a job placement rate of over 90%.



It was interesting to see progress made on The Coronet Project, a massive undertaking.   The Coronet is a 131 foot schooner that was built in 1885, designed by William Townsend.  This Victorian yacht won the famous transatlantic race against Dauntless in 1887.  

There will be no engines or electricity; she is being restored to her original condition.
The vessel is owned by the Coronet Restoration Partners in San Francisco but being restored at IRYS.  

The Coronet Project: The oak for the ribs, keel and planking comes from the Royal Danish Forest, as it  is the right scale and grows at the right angle.

She has been awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places, a first in Rhode Island.

Artifacts from the original have been recorded and wait for their new home. 
Jeff Rutherford of Rutherford's Boatshop, is in charge of the restoration and generously shared so much interesting restoration information including some of the original  ship building techniques.

See also: Maine Boat Building and The Carpenter’s Boatshop

This boat was an IYRS project


Anonymous said...

Very interesting! Muffy, you might also be interested in Gundalow, in Portsmouth, NH:

Gundalow Company

WRJ said...

What a funny post to read upon returning home from 16 hours on campus spent trying to learn by rote memorization the rules, exceptions, and exceptions to the exceptions for the 24 subjects covered on the New York state bar examination next week. I think law school might be the single worst offender for both pitting students against one another and dragging out the educational process unnecessarily. Learning by doing is looking particularly attractive!

Greenfield said...

I feel our public education system today is obsolete; it was designed on the "factory" paradigm of "interchangeable parts" to produce workers who resembled same. Whether in a New Bedford textile mill or IBM, it was certainly never about maximizing human potential outside of the narrow context some employer found "useful." The soul-killing limitations of that, multiplied over generations, may well be a reason for the complacency and inertia much of this country is mired in today. We need to evolve beyond this, rapidly, if we are to remain a progressive influence in the world. In the age of the Internet, rote-memorization of practically anything is absurd. What we need instead is to nurture the ability for critical and innovative thinking.

Thank you, Muffy, for the tour of the restoration yard, it's magnificent!

Anonymous said...

I have to go there next week when I am in Newport. Is The Coronet open to the public? Does it cost anything to get in?

Anonymous said...

Chris from New Hampshire... that's why I chose a top liberal arts college over the Ivy League!

Anonymous said...

Great post! You have a great blog! I agree with WRJ on law school- I'm taking the IL bar this week. Good luck!

j.mosby said...

Love the IYRS have visited a few times when visiting Newport, always great to see there's still interest in the restoration of wooden boats! I'll always love affair with the gaff rigged Beetle Cats! Sailed them many times in my youth and summered near the old Concordia Boatyards next to the New Bedford Yacht Club! Will always cherish those memories:-)

Joyce N said...

I really enjoyed reading this posting.
I once did a research paper on the stigma of vocational (as it was called then) education and training. I believe that every child is not a potential doctor, lawyer,or corporate CEO, however, every child has the potential to be a contributing and fulfilled member of our community and society.
I have a teaching degree in Secondary English. I have never taught because I really wasn't dedicated enough and I felt one really should be dedicated to it.
Keep up the great work, Muffy!

Zenas313 said...

Dear Muffy:
Writing you from the Marthas Vineyard of the midwest and just wanted to complement you (and Clark) on the very interesting post and fantastic photos - you have such a genius for finding the most interesting places to feature!

Zenas313 said...

That would be Door County, Wisconsin, especially the part north of Sturgeon Bay. If Wisconsin looks a little like a mitten on a map, Door County is the thumb.

If you like sailboats, lighthouses, beaches, small shops and restaurants (not a McDonalds or Starbucks anywhere), art and art galleries (there is a plein air festival this week), and Nantucket or MV is too far or too dear, then Door County is a very nice alternative (actually, its very nice, period).

There is a very strong, longstanding Scandinavian heritage here, so you also see a few strange things like a restaurant that features a sod roof and goats grazing there ( and have spotted a number of Volvo 240 sedans (not to mention an abundance of Range Rovers).


Patsy said...

What a project! We'll have to pop in the next time we are there.

We were lucky enough to see one of Coronet Partner's other projects, Cangarda, in our neck of the woods a few summers ago - staggering the amount of work these restorations are.

Zenas313 said...

Muffy - we met one of the artists today who is here from Maine. I asked whereabouts and whether it was near Round Pond. He said he knew Round Pond very well, had painted there quite often. A big bear of a man named Daniel Corey; he was just finishing up a plein air piece along the harbor in Ephraim. Very lovely painting and a fine, soft spoken gentleman from Maine.

BlueTrain said...

We visited an interesting boathouse in Baltimore but I've no idea if there's an educational program connected.

You know, I think public education is in pretty good shape in most places in the country. I have to say that; my wife's a schoolteacher. I realize that some districts are, frankly, very poor, and have problems but I hope they are the exceptions. The problems come in later, if college in not in someone's plans.

The main problem is there is no serious, good alternative. I believe what's missing are apprentice programs to produce highly skilled workers. You can argue whether or not there are jobs for highly skilled workers, the same as for college graduates. But apprenticeship programs require the cooperation of industry and I just can't see that happening here.

Kathie Truitt said...

Just returned from my New England trip and I. AM. IN. LOVE!!!! I can't wait to go back.

Susan R said...

This is completely out of left field, but does anyone know what type of boat the Thayer IV was in the movie "On Golden Pond"? I love that boat.