The “Coronet”┬áproject started by Elizabeth Meyer. As I have sated before, whatever you think of her, you cannot deny her vision. The project never really had traction until Bob McNeil assumed responsibility. I have visited since the beginning and time moves slowly. It is easy to loose track of where it all started. I have not yet found the photograph of “Coronet” while she was still in the water tied to the dock at IYRS; but you still have a sense of change.


Coronet” is an ongoing project at IYRS, here in Newport, but funded entirely by Bob McNeil of San Francisco. The photographs are fairly self-explanatory. What strikes me each time I visit is just how massive each piece is. Today, work is aided by a very nice gantry; when the boat was first built obviously this was not available and the boat was completed in a fraction of the time that this restoration will take.


“Coronet” as many of you know is being restored at IYRS, (really by Bob McNeil). A multi year project. For anyone who loves building wooden boats this is such an interesting project.

It is winter, and “Coronet” is on the Newport waterfront, but in fact the building in which “Coronet” is housed, was rather warm; wood stove, a dog and wood shavings. What more could a shipwright ask for?

CORONET update

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“Coronet”, Rufus Bush’s Schooner launched in 1885 at 133′ on deck. The restoration was originally the dream of Elizabeth Meyer, who had previously restored “Endeavour”. Now the project of Bob McNeil. Scheduled to take 5 years, an enormous undertaking. She is at IYRS

Everything is of such a massive size it makes everything done real work.


The Bronze floors are replacing wooden ones; saving quite a lot of time and money. Not that it matters, probably saving a lot of weight as well. I have never felt that “Coronet” would have the elegant look of “Endeavour” but this construction project has softened my heart.

“Coronet” is available to visit and worth the look.

IYRS has just concluded an exhibit of Appleton’s models.