1 This is Doug Newhouse and Terry Nathan, the President of the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS). Founded in 1993, the school made its home in two disheveled historic waterfront buildings on Newport Harbor, which were restored beautifully.
2 In 1995, this 1903 electric generating plant was restored and renamed Restoration Hall. This is where the school's core program of Boatbuilding & Restoration takes place.
3 My friend, Memrie Lewis, was also a guest for the weekend. Memrie is a landscape designer and has worked on the wonderful restoration project of Seaweed, the Newhouse's home on the coast of Newport.
4 IYRS is an internationally known school, focused on preparing students to enter and excel in all aspects of modern boatbuilding.
5 With campuses in the heart of historic Newport and Bristol, Rhode Island, IYRS offers the most advanced technical training in Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems, and Composites Technology.
6 Restoration Hall is an 18,000-square-foot space that serves as the school's main teaching facility.
7 Boats can be hoisted up, like this one.
8 All sorts of challenges are studied and met here.
9 IRYS was founded by Elizabeth Meyer and a small group of other passionate maritime enthusiasts, including maritime artist John Mecray and yacht designer David Pedrick.
10 The Hinckley company is one of the sponsors of the school and many graduates find employment in Southwest Harbour, Maine at the Hinckley boatyard.
11 More than 80% of the graduates get jobs upon graduation in boat yards, boatbuilding, designing, and restoring. Graduates if IYRS can be found in every level of the boating industry.
12 This is the drawing room where plans are studied for a work in progress. Almost every boat has design drawings on file somewhere. The plans are searched before a project is embarked upon, as it's very important to replicate the boats original shape.
13 The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1878-1945) produced some very classy and beautifully crafted sailing yachts and steam-powered vessels.
14 More restoration projects - Frequently, many of the boats restored here in the educational programs are purchased immediately by the public.
15 Terry Nathan explained that returning restored boats to the water is part of the IYRS mission and the school regularly advertises boats for sale.
16 The doors of IYRS are open year-round to the public. An elevated catwalk inside Restoration Hall allows visitors to watch IYRS craftsmen at work.
17 We left Restoration Hall to see where the schooner yacht Coronet is being restored.
18 Coronet was first launched in 1885 and was one of the most elegant sailing yachts of her day. Designed for crossing the ocean in luxury, she featured a marble staircase, stained glass doors, mahogany paneled staterooms, and a piano in the main salon.
19 I was impressed by the enormous size of this vessel and by the enormous undertaking of the restoration project. What a fabulous experience for these students and instructors!
20 Restoring a wooden boat requires a vast supply of wood and, whenever possible, older material is used.
21 IYRS is quite fortunate to have Coronet to restore, as many of her contemporaries have since vanished. They were sunk, grounded, or simply ruined by the ravages of time.
22 Coronet is a symbol of a gilded age, when a grand yacht was a symbol of great fortune and success, much like those grand Newport cottages along the shoreline.
23 After the tour of IYRS, we walked to the docks for a boat tour all around Aquidneck Island. We boarded a 60' Wilbur Yacht owned by the Chairman of the Board of IYRS.
24 The weather was crisp and clear. Like Hinckley, Wilbur Yachts are made in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
25 This fiberglass boat is trimmed with fine wood.
26 We passed by Fort Adams, located at the mouth of the Newport Harbor. It is the largest coastal fortification in the United States and from 1824 to 1950, generations of US soldiers were housed there.
27 Aquidneck Island is the largest island in Narragansett Bay, with a total land area of nearly 38 square miles.
28 This Victorian mansion is Hammersmith Farm, owned by Peter Kiernan. It was the childhood home of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
29 A view of Claiborne Pell Bridge, commonly known as the Newport Bridge. The house perched atop a rocky island is known as Clingstone or the House on a Rock.
30 Agassiz Mansion is where guests stay at Castle Hill Inn. It was once the summer residence of Harvard marine biologist Alexander Agassiz.
31 This is Castle Hill Light, built in 1890 and automated in 1957.
32 This is Rough Point, the former cottage of Doris Duke and is now owned by The Newport Restoration Foundation and is open to the public as a museum.
33 Miramar, a French neoclassical-style mansion is owned by David Ford.
34 The Breakers is perhaps the grandest of Newport's summer cottages, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt after the original Breakers was completely destroyed by fire in 1892.
35 Ochre Court, was once the summer residence of Ogden Goelet, banker and developer. The mansion was gifted in 1947, by Ogden's son, to the Religious Sisters of Mercy , who established Salve Regina College.
36 This beautiful field is part of a 100-plus acre farm owned by the Van Burens.