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VIDEO: Heroic restoration

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Doris, at 77 feet, 6 inches from stem head to sternpost, is the largest wooden yacht the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. ever built.

Designed and built for S. Reed Anthony, of Boston, at a price of $18,000, she splashed in May of 1905. She changed hands a dozen times between 1914 and 2007 and finally found herself neglected on the hard at Crocker’s Boat Yard (crockersboatyard.com) in New London, Connecticut, abandoned by the latest of her would-be restorers.

As a last resort the yard scheduled Doris to be scrapped at the end of August 2013.

Wait a minute. How could anyone consider destroying such a valuable piece of history? David S. Revenaugh, who owned Doris from 1983 to 2003, had the yacht listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which may have helped to earn it a yearlong stay of execution.

Taylor & Snediker Yacht Restoration (snedikeryacht.com) of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, led the search for a new owner. Now, thanks to an enthusiastic client, Doris has been saved.

The project will take about five years and will be the subject of a documentary film. You may follow her progress at doris1905.com.