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IYRS School of Technology & Trades

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Address: 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-848-5777
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Home of the oldest American yacht in existence and school where students...

Home of the oldest American yacht in existence and school where students restore classic yachts.

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The BEST (free) nautical attraction in Newport - calling all Seadogs!

On a recent trip to Newport we stumbled across this outstanding, and interesting, attraction. Essentially this is a working, endangered-skills training school, training students... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

On a recent trip to Newport we stumbled across this outstanding, and interesting, attraction. Essentially this is a working, endangered-skills training school, training students in the art of yacht restoration. In addition, their campus (i.e. working workshop/yacht shed) is freely open to the public for a look see, where one can view on-going work on a number of projects. Many... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Free to observe, open during all-weather and right on Thames Street. What's not to love? Stop in at the school admission office for quick overview and they will send your around the back for a self-guided tour (basically walk around the viewing areas) of the main workshops. You can view the students at work on projects from a catwalk up... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We had the opportunity to visit IYRS recently. I think the school could do a better job of educating the public by offering an organized tour manned by students. I would have paid a small fee for an informed tour. Ship building is a lost art and it would be adventagous to educate the public to the schools work. While... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

You can go up to the second floor balcony and watch the tradesmen working on repairing boats. Quite an interesting experience.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

Nice to see the trade of building and maintaining boats is still being taught to the next generation. The self guided visit is nice and there is the opportunity to watch the progress.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Nice visit to The IYRA-behind the school on Thames Street a 131 foot schooner called The Coronet (built in 1885) is being restored-amazing to see! Much history!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

It was nice to see the student's learning an old trade.There was a huge sail boat undergoing rebuild.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

We came upon this place by accident. What a lovely surprise. It's a school that specializes in the restoration of yachts. There are several different ships on the property in varying degrees of repair. They were very warm and well coming and encouraged us to look around and ask questions. What was meant to be a quick stop to ask... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

You never know what you are going to come across when you are desperately seeking a public washroom! Ain't that the truth! If it weren't for my desperation, we would never have come across this awesome asset to Newport, which really is majorly a shopping mecca. For the casual visitor, the highlight of IYRS is the restoration project of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

Unless you know it's here or someone tells you about it you will never know it's in Newport. It is definitely worth visiting and seeing what they do here. Take in the Coronet restoration. you can walk all around her on a viewing platform to see what they are doing and what has been restored.

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