Coronet, a 133-foot schooner yacht being restored by the International Yacht Restoration School of Newport, R.I., is the first Rhode Island vessel to be named to the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register is the federal government’s official list of historic properties worthy of preservation, and currently lists some 78,000 properties, including historic districts, buildings, structures and objects deemed significant to the nation’s history and culture.
The restoration of Coronet will take place in public view at IYRS’ waterfront campus, which is open year-round to the public. The vessel was hauled onto the IYRS quay in April 2004, and the hull-and-deck restoration is about to get under way.
Built in 1885, Coronet is a unique example of a grand yacht of her era. Many of her peers were sunk, grounded or simply ruined by the ravages of time. Coronet has miraculously stayed in continuous commission since her launching, in part because of her extraordinary construction.
Founded in 1993, IYRS offers an accredited, federally funded two-year program for full-time students in boat restoration and offers continuing education courses to both marine-
industry professionals and enthusiasts. Open year-round to the public, IYRS draws some 20,000 visitors a year. www.iyrs.org