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Rich appointments that remain include this folding washbasin (top) and berth in the owners stateroom. (Photos: Onne van der Wal)

Histo ric photographs, such as this one ofCoroner s main saloon during the 1890s, are valuable tools far the team restoring the yacht to the appearance ofher glory days. (Photo: Mabel Loomis Todd, Corona and Coroner)

ing bulk.heads, joinery and rhe configurarion of va rious spaces. So much of Coronet's historic inrerior survives rhar she is reall y rwo resto rarion proj ecrs: rhe specificall y maririme as pecrs of her hull , deck and ri g-no small proj ecr in and of rh emselves-a nd rh en everyrhin g below decks . T hese spaces, wirh rh eir raised-panel mahogany joinery, carvi n gs, mirrors and sra ined glass, presenr a challenge li ke rhar of an historic house resrorarion. To resro re rhese areas, sa mples of painr and woodwork will be microscopically exam ined ro dererm ine rh eir hi sroric finish es and colors. Accounrs wrirren by owners and passe nge rs will be srndied for clues as ro her o ri gin al furnishin gs and arra nge m enrs and for derai ls of miss ing irem s, such as rh e hearing stove from rhe main saloon. D ecorar ive p ieces, such as rhe srained glass win dows from rhe doo rs inro rhe m ain saloo n, will be restored by experr crafts m en. Sri ll orher componenrs, including her grand mahoga ny and marble compan ionway sraircase and disrincrive skylighrs, w ill have ro be reco nsr ru cred from phorographs. W h en she is ful ly resro red , Coronet w ill o nce aga in sa il, rakin g all who boa rd her for a memorabl e voyage from rh e early yea rs of rhe nexr mi lle nnium inro rhe larre r years of rhe 1800s. T har momenr is srill several yea rs, rhousands of hours of wo rk, and a grear deal of money away. In rhe mean rime, visirors can board rhe

vessel during summer monrhs and warc h as sraff and volunreers make ca refu l prepararion s for rhe resrorarion . T hey can srand on her d ecks and imagin e w here sh e has been an d wh ar her passengers and crew h ave seen. T hey can also walk inro Resrorar ion H all ar rh elnrernarional Yacht Resro rar ion School and see rhe nex r ge nerar io n ofski lled crafrsmen lea rn their trade as th ey resrore orher classic yachrs. 1-

john Summers is Project Curator far the International Yacht Restoration Schools restoration o/Coro ner. International Yacht Restoration School, 449 Thames Street, Newport RI 02840; 401 848-5777; web site: www.iyrs.org

CORONET INFORMATION Launched: A ugust 17 th, 1885 Rig: Schoo ner Purpose : Yachr D es igners: Smirh & Terry; W illiam Townsend; C hrisro pher Crosby Bui lder: C. & R. Po illo n, New York LOA: 133' LWL: 128' Sparred Lengrh: 189' Beam: 27' Drafr: 12' Sa il Area: 8,305 squ. feer Fram es: Sawn W hire Oak Topsides Plankin g: White Oak Botro m Pl ankin g: Yellow Pin e Ceiling: Yell ow Pine D ecks: Whire Pine Fasrenings: Treenai ls

The Coroner on her way to the International Yacht Restoration School in 1995. (Photo: Daniel Foster)

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