Schooner Coronet makes its way to Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic ― Visitors watch as the schooner yacht Coronet makes it’s way to the Mystic Seaport Museum Monday, December 5, 2022.
The 131-foot schooner was built for oil tycoon Rufus T. Bush in 1885. It is considered the last of the Gilded Age yachts and is famous for winning a transatlantic race against the yacht Dauntless in March 1887.
It recently was purchased by Crew, a New York-based company. Coronet was towed Monday from IYRS School of Technology and Trades in Newport where it has been under restoration since 1995.
The museum’s Henry B. du Pont Preservation Shipyard has worked with Crew over the years to maintain vessels in its existing fleet, most recently, Pilot, a wooden schooner that now serves as a seasonal oyster bar in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Coronet will remain at the shipyard for a three-year restoration.