spartanSPARTAN is a 72' Herreshoff “New York Fifty” sloop, built in 1913.  Ed and Ben began her restoration in 1981. On a part-time basis, they replaced all of her steam-bent frames, floor timbers, the diagonal hull straps (with bronze - it was originally steel), and all of her planking.  All of the work was done to the original specifications. Andy giblin joined them in 1987 after a stint as captain of NEITH. In 1988, with the hull rebuilt and deck beams in place, then-owner Allen Pease suspended the project.

The uncompleted SPARTAN was in storage until 2005, when NGH Restoration LLC purchased her and engaged MP&G to complete the restoration. SPARTAN's hull came into the MP&G shop in Mystic in the fall of ‘06, left late in ‘09, and the restoration was completed for the summer sailing season of 2010, with an MP&G shop crew of twelve and a large cast of talented subcontractors. Restored to her original gaff topsail sloop rig, SPARTAN returned to Mystic the following winter for finishing touches and system upgrades, including lithium-ion batteries. She is based in Nantucket.

View a photo gallery of the rebuild

Phase 1 (1981-89)

spartan new stem

Phase 2 (2006-2011)

spartan strap crossing

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