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The Restoration Process

We restored and retrofitted the full rigged ship Eleanor and the brig Beaver at the Gloucester Marine Railways located on Rocky Neck in Gloucester, Massachusetts. While we redesigned the 103-year-old replica Beaver, we also recreated the Eleanor. Both masterpieces are historically correct ships from the 1770s and are an invaluable part of The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. We also created drawings of the Dartmouth, which was newly constructed from the keel up.

Master Ship Renovator, Leon Poindexter

A master shipwright, Leon Poindexter builds, repairs and restores large, traditionally built historic wooden sailing vessels and their rigs. As a veteran with more than 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Poindexter is known for his artistry and has worked on many vessels on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional Accreditations

Leon has also served as the master shipwright for 20th Century Fox to retrofit the tall ship Rose for the Academy Award Winning motion picture Master and Commander starring Russell Crowe. It is no wonder why he was chosen as the architect and contractor for the Boston Tea Party Ships.

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