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%.


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When we were there, we also went to 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.
Jeff 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

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

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

Gundalow Company

Anonymous said...

Very interesting post, indeed!

Ms. Aldrich, would you say that a "preppy" education ought to emphasize "learning to know" over "learning to do"? Knowing for the sake of knowledge seems to be impractical, but that very impracticality makes it a luxury of sorts. The gentleman student is an idealist who studies for pleasure and simply is, while the student in pursuit of direct employment must learn for the sake of doing, making, and competing. What is your take on the subject, please?

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!

Chris from New Hampshire said...

It is a shame so many of the once-great universities have turned into high-end state-school-style "research" universities, more focused on chasing military, government, and corporate grants than mentoring students. The most powerful Ivy League professors are now the star rain-makers, and students are either to be ignored, passed off to grad students,or coaxed into low-paid research servitude to support the getting of the next big payday.

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?

MsPE said...

Muffy, I feel like you have really trained my eye, not just for clothes but so many other things. And they overlap. The more I appreciate the shapes and lines of these boats, the less tolerant I am of ruffles and gold shoes and the list goes on.

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 (www.aljohnsons.com) and have spotted a number of Volvo 240 sedans (not to mention an abundance of Range Rovers).

Cheers!

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.

Kionon said...

Muffy,

Fresh from my own sailing adventure in Sasebo (check it out), I too can say I love old wooden boats, and there were plenty in and around Fukue Island and Nagasaki prefecture.

Thank you for this tour of IYRS, I really enjoyed the pictures, I look forward to looking at larger versions and studying some of the details.

As you know, I am an educator, and my view on what education should do is a combination of what you suggest. Learning to know is important. Collectively, there *is* a purpose for a society to get as many students as possible to spend enough time in academic institutions to acquire a basic level of education. While my own history is a mix of public and private, I am a public school teacher (although a future change to a private position is not entirely out of the question) and I am an ardent supporter of public education. Without getting too political, I believe a basic education is a right, and one which society is obligated to provide. The least amongst us in terms of finances and resources still deserve the best education society can provide to them.

Of course, after that basic education, then we need to look at individual needs about "how to do." Not everyone is cut out for college, and not everyone is cut out for college at the same time even if they do end up pursuing higher degrees. We need to do better in both public and private institutions to develop passions and talents and send students to where they will be most successful and most happy.

I haven't read Unschooling Rules, but I've been meaning to. Is there an ebook version?

Anonymous said...

Hey Kionon,

You can download an ebook version for Kindle on Amazon. Even if you do not have a Kindle, you can read the book on your computer. There is also a version available in the iPad's iBooks bookstore for $2.99.

Hope that helps!

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.

Kionon said...

Anon,

Very much so. I have an iPad, and I have both the iBooks app and the Kindle app. If there is an epub version, that would be even better, as my preferred reader app is Stanza.

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.