Past Projects

Cruiser Olympia Tables & Benches

Commenced: Fall 2016
Finished: Winter 2016

Period-authentic mess tables and benches were replicated for Cruiser Olympia. These benches closely match the original mess tables that would have been present on board during the ship's active service and serve to interpret the lives of the regular sailors aboard. These are also used for visitor convenience and Museum programming, which allow for better functionality of the ship in the modern world and a better sensory experience for visitors. 

National Whaleboat Project

Commenced: Whaleboat 1, June 2011. Whaleboat 2, January 2013.
Finished: May 2013

The whaleboats were built in conjunction with the ongoing restoration of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Built traditionally to plans from the Beetle Manufacturing Company, these whaleboats will end up a part of the ongoing efforts of Mystic Seaport to share the rich history of whaling along the New England Coast.

For an complete overview of the project you can go to Whaleboats for the CW Morgan.


LOA: 35''
Commenced: December 2012
Finished: May 2013

Suzy is a meadowlark that is in for repairs including updated interior, new head system, mast step, and re-caulking parts of the hull. She has a wood hull, was designed by L.F. Herreshoff and is owned by Mark Gallini.


LOA: 16''
Commenced: December 2012
Finished: February 2013
Obadiah is a Marsh Cat that came in for complete hull repair, which was just finished. The entire keel was just repaired, as well as all laminations in the hull. Obadiah is owned by TSCA member Dr. Pete Peters.

14' Whitehalls

LOA: 14''
Beam: 4'
Launched: 2012

As part of our ongoing volunteer program and partnerships with local schools, we are building two 14' Whitehalls as additions to our summer rowing program.
Finished: July 2012





Elf is a topsail sloop designed and built by George Lawley in 1888. After a long career and numerous rig changes she was restored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild, relaunched in 2007 and rigged later that year. Our shop designed and built her rig using period photographs and the original builders notes. Elf was featured in the issue 209 of WoodenBoat Magazine and sails on the Chesapeake bay.


Pilothouse Bridge


This recreation of Olympia's original Pilot House with furnishing was built in 2007 after painstaking research in our own archives. The bridge is where Dewey uttered the words "You may fire when ready Gridley"  and is currently the one area that shows what the entire vessel looked like when new. 


Silent Maid

LOA: 32'         LOA: 32'     Beam 12'

Launched   2009 

Designed by Francis Sweisguth and built by Morton Johnson of Bay Head, NJ the original Silent Maid cruised and raced on Barnegat Bay. The original boat is now in our collection and this new boat built to her lines now sails the Barnegat. The details of her construction can be found here and some her racing and cruising adventures here

15' Sneakbox

The 15' sneakbox is a racing class descended from the hunting boats of Barnegat Bay. This example was restored ob the Workshop working with volunteers and students from the Charter High School of Architecture and Design. 


LOA: 28'
Beam: 11'
Launched; 2008

Our fifth A Class Catboat, Spyder, was designed by Francis Sweisguth to compete against boats designed by Charles Mower. These boats have been racing since 1923, the original fleet of 6 boats has grown to twelve in recent years as the original were restored and new boats built. In addition to Spyder our builders produced Tamwock, Vapor, Spy II, and Torch.