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The Tea Party Ships

Explore our two authentically restored tea ships the Eleanor & the Beaver

Boston Tea Party Ship Eleanor
Authentically restored Boston Tea Party Ship, Eleanor


A popular misconception is the belief the Tea Party Ships were British. In fact, the vessels were built in America and owned by Americans, but the cargo of tea they were carrying from London to Boston was owned by the British East India Company. The Beaver and Dartmouth were built and owned by the Rotch’s, an affluent Nantucket Quaker family. The Eleanor was one of several colonial tall ships owned by leading Boston merchant, John Rowe.