By Dan McFadden
For anyone who has stopped by the shipyard at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut over the last six months, it has been a beehive of activity with multiple vessels being worked on at the same time. Officially named the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, the facility was created to enable the museum to maintain and restore its collection of historic watercraft, a task that would be prohibitively expensive to carry out at commercial yard rates. However, the shipyard also has the mission to preserve and teach traditional skills and techniques, and to be a leader in the development and practice of maritime preservation. The shipyard has been doing all of these things in the last year as it comes off an intense period of work on a variety of interesting projects.
Sabino’s pilothouse being removed. The house and canopy top had to be removed to access the engine and boiler and to permit the steamboat to clear the entrance doors to the main shop where the restoration would take place. © Mystic SeaportRead more
See beautiful boats and maritime vendors throughout Mystic Seaport this weekend.
June 24-26, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
at Mystic Seaport | 75 Greenmanville Ave. | Mystic, CT 06355
Below are a few special events during the weekend.Read more
Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT has announced that Nicholas R. Bell has been named Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs, a new position at the Museum that will be responsible for the care, management, strategic development, and exhibition of the Museum’s collections.
Bell is presently The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, where he led the Gallery’s recent relaunch following a $30 million, two-year renovation. He has published seven books in the last five years, including six peer-reviewed exhibition catalogues and one edited anthology.Read more
As master of Mystic Seaport’s schooner Brilliant, Captain Nicholas Alley leads a very successful sail training program aboard one the loveliest boats on the water.Read more
This year’s theatrical performance, “Tales of Terror: An Evening with Poe,” invites visitors to join Mr. Poe as he progresses through four scenes around the Museum grounds in fear of, or perhaps to embrace, the evil that surrounds him. Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the performance incorporates themes and bits from his works to weave a tale of eeriness and horror.
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In the Heart of the Sea Author to be Honored at a Gala in New York City on October 14
Mystic, Conn. (October 6, 2015) — Mystic Seaport will honor historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick with the 2015 America and the Sea Award. Presented annually by the Museum, the prestigious award, commemorating its 10th anniversary, recognizes an individual or organization whose contribution to the history, arts, business, or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American character.Read more
By Emily Bullard
Have you ever sailed on a schooner on the ocean? In July 2015, only a couple months before my sixteenth birthday, I had the opportunity to do that. Even though the prospect scared me, the trip helped me realize some new things about myself and opened up my interest in sailing. On July 19, I stepped on the 61-foot classic wooden schooner Brilliant at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT.
Donated to Mystic Seaport by Briggs Cunningham in 1953, Brilliant is described by WoodenBoat Magazine as one of the 100 most beautiful classic boats in existence and "one of the best maintained and sailed classic yachts in the country - if not the world." © Andy Price/Mystic SeaportRead more
Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT is holding its 66th Annual Dyer Dhow Derby on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The classic 9-foot Dyer Dhows are a mainstay of the Museum’s sail training fleet, and are used in both the Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp and the community sailing programs.
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The Derby is a day of racing on the Mystic River held in honor of the yacht clubs, sailing associations, and individuals who have donated to, or supported, the fleet of more than 50 boats at Mystic, the largest fleet of Dyer Dhows in North America. Each Dhow, built by The Anchorage in Warren, RI, is named after its donor.Read more
Mystic Seaport has promoted Elysa Engelman to be the Museum’s new Director of Exhibits. Engelman will be responsible for creating and delivering an ongoing program of dynamic, interdisciplinary exhibits that attract diverse audiences and introduce new scholarship and content in support of the Museum’s mission and strategic vision. She will direct all aspects of exhibit design and production.