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What’s new at Mystic Seaport this season?

Mapping the Pacific Coast Restoring an Icon




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Mystic Seaport Dinner

Sea Story Weekend

for the Morgan Map Spot


Setting sails on the L.A. Dunton

Maritime Mystery

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Beer Tastings


Expanded toy boat building

More Hands-on History crafts

on the Water Days


Seining demonstration

Art Spot

in the Sail Loft


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Setting sails on the Regina


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navigation cart

crossing the line ceremony demonstration

Dog Days

Get Out

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hese days organizations are fixated on restating and interpreting mission statements, a vitally important process, to be sure. But I wonder if more attention shouldn’t be given to the spirit of an institution? A mission statement, after all, no matter how meaningful and well drafted, will ring hollow without being fully complemented by institutional spirit. Since joining the Museum during the cold winter months (when even “spirit” had found other places to reside), I have witnessed and experienced firsthand Mystic Seaport’s spirit awaken and blossom. In fact, I’m feeling somewhat overwhelmed by all that the spirit means here, and I understand far better why so many have been deeply committed to the Museum for so long. Spend some extended time here as a member, visitor, volunteer or employee and you’ll know what I mean. We find this spirit, you see, in the very heart of the institution — its people. They are collectors and conservers; they are exhibitors and interpreters; and they are caretakers and stewards. They actively tell the story of Mystic Seaport from their perspective as protectors and promoters. They reach out and engage the visitors to draw them in so that they, too, can be captured by the spirit unique to a museum of this sort. But the spirit of a museum extends well beyond its many caretakers. We find it everywhere we look and in the unique experience that each visit yields. It’s in the smell of the wood and in the unique story that each object brings to bear. The spirit is in the hush of the collection, quiet behind its protective doors, and it’s in the decks and holds of each vessel whose journeys we can only begin to imagine. Without doubt, it’s in the joy of a child’s face while experiencing the joy of sailing a small boat solo. At an outdoor museum, it’s also in the quiet of the morning and in the peaceful dusk of evening. Those of you who come by boat know well what I mean here, as you have the campus to yourselves during those special times. If you’ve spent any time at all at sea, Mystic Seaport and its spirit speaks directly to you. It surprises you around every corner, and if you’re lucky enough to have a private moment on the campus away from the crowds, there’s no telling where the spirit here will take you. Are you a fisherman, a carver, a painter or a yachtsman? This is part of the magic here that brings you back to the campus. It’s what you’ve come to expect from Mystic Seaport and the role players, interpreters, and volunteers who help connect you to our museum spirit. See you on the L.A. Dunton,

Mystic Seaport magazine is a publication of Mystic Seaport

The Museum of America and the Sea. President STEPHEN C. WHITE executive vice president SUSAN FUNK Editor Anna F. Sawin contributors SARAH BISHOP ELYSA ENGELMAN KARA FRANCO SUSAN KEITZMAN JEAN KERR ERIN RICHARD MOLLY STATCH Design Karen WARD / THE DAY PRINTING COMPANY Photography Judy Beisler Kane Borden Dennis Murphy nicki pardo Andy Price SUSANNAH SNOWDEN / OMNIA PHOTOGRAPHICS AMANDA TEDESCHI

cover Volunteer Bill Salancy is PART of the Museum’s Extraordinary and devoted volunteer CORPS. photo By SUSANNAH SNOWDEN / OMNIA PHOTOGRAPHICS

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It’s first in class for Acadia and Mystic Seaport Acadia, the Museum’s 21-foot solo transatlantic racing sailboat, raced successfully to a first-in-class finish in the Bermuda One-Two race this June. Clay Burkhalter previously raced Acadia in the 4,200-mile France to Brazil 2007 MiniTransat, completing the course in 25 days. He was only the fifth American to have completed the race, which has been running since 1977. Acadia joined the Museum fleet last year, and when not at sea can be seen on display at the Museum in the Henry duPont Preservation Shipyard, just a few yards away from the Charles W. Morgan.

Acadia's skipper, Stonington resident Clay Burkhalter.

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Mystic Seaport Gets Social!

Microsoft awards technology gift-in-kind to Mystic Seaport Mystic Seaport is the recipient of a gift from Microsoft as part of the company’s Unlimited Potential - Community Technology Skills program. The program focuses on improving IT skills for underserved individuals and communities through community technology centers or telecenters. By offering grants of cash, software and curricula, Microsoft seeks to partner to create social and economic opportunities that can change people’s lives and transform communities. This gift-in-kind is a major boost to the Museum’s operating budget, providing us with, in the words of IT director Mike Lehnertz, the “software that runs the Museum”— server and security upgrades, productivity suites, operating systems and software media. The total estimated fair market value of the Microsoft donation is $543,710.

From left, Susan Funk, Gay Long and Lisa Marcinkowski.

Pine Point School Teacher Named Orion Award Winner at Mystic Seaport Gay Long, a fifth-grade teacher at Pine Point School in Stonington, CT, is this year’s recipient of the Mystic Seaport Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education. Each year, Mystic Seaport presents the award to a teacher who uses the educational opportunities offered at the Museum to create innovative and experiential classroom lessons. “Great teachers are like constellations,” said Susan Funk, executive vice president of Mystic Seaport. “They help students navigate by pointing the way, leading them to new lands and then home again, wiser and more experienced.” In 2007, Long, along with Mystic Seaport Director of Education Lisa Marcinkowski, developed and implemented a six-week apprenticeship immersion program at the Museum. The program, which also serves as the basis for an assessment project at Pine Point School, familiarizes students with historical trades and research in an interactive environment. “This program is a testament to the power of hands-on learning, the power of being immersed in a historical environment and the power of informal learning in museums. “This program has run successfully for two years and we hope it will be a model for other independent-school assessment procedures,” said Marcinkowski. “The apprenticeship program was also one of the inspirations for the Museum’s new immersion program, ‘A Day in 1876,’ that has been designed for public schools. And this is all thanks to one dedicated teacher's wonderful idea!”

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If you spend any time online, then you’re surely familiar with the abundance of social networking sites that are readily available to connect people. The great thing about these sites is their ability to join people together based on similar interests. Mystic Seaport has jumped on the social networking bandwagon, and has not one, not two, but five places where you can stay up-to-date on the day-to-day happenings at the Museum. Like to find out what’s happening by reading short, frequent messages? Then check out the Museum’s Twitter site (http:// Join the more than 1,500 people following the Twitter feed, and never miss a moment of happenings on the grounds. Maybe you prefer to read detailed profiles of Mystic Seaport staff, see pictures of the grounds and get the full scoop on events. If so, stop by the Mystic Seaport blog (http://mysticseaport. Here, staff members and volunteers share their firsthand experience with you, making you feel like you’re a part of the action! Interested in an inside look at the Museum’s collections? Head over to the Collections blog (http://www. and take your own personal tour. Perhaps you’re into videos. In that case, stop by the Mystic Seaport’s YouTube page ( and check out footage of everything from the Shipyard to the Planetarium to the Charles W. Morgan. And of course, social networking isn’t the same if you’re not on Facebook ( Simply sign up, find us at, see what people are saying about the Museum and join in the conversation. (We hope you’ll “become a fan” of Mystic Seaport!) Whatever your social networking preference, Mystic Seaport has got you covered. See you online!

Artist’s conception of the Charles W. Morgan as a full-rigged ship. Painting by John T. Leavitt.

Longtime shipwright Howard Davis seen caulking the Morgan.


The Charles W. Morgan: Restoring an Icon When you’re in the presence of the Charles W. Morgan, you know you’re in the presence of something great. The last surviving American wooden whaleship in the world and a National Historic Landmark, the Morgan represents a rich New

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England maritime history. Today she sits ashore after being hauled out of the Mystic River last November for a three-year restoration project that aims to sustain her structurally for the next 20 years. To commemorate her history and continue celebrating her during the $5 million restoration, Mystic Seaport has opened a new exhibit in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Shipyard titled “Restoring an Icon: The Whaleship Charles W. Morgan.”

Concept drawings for new exhibit, “Restoring an Icon.”

The exhibit brings visitors into the complex process of restoring the Morgan. It covers the vessel’s construction and historical significance and explores the many factors involved in preserving her. “This exhibit is truly unique,” explains Sarah Bishop, coordinator of the exhibit and of Morgan-related programming. “It blends the old and the new by connecting people to the ship’s history, but also to the science behind the forces that threaten it and other wooden vessels.” The exhibit has four sections. The first, “History,” uses photographs, a timeline and a short video to introduce the ship, its historical significance, and the current restoration project. Built in 1841 in New Bedford, MA, the Charles W. Morgan sailed for 80 years, successfully completing 37 voyages before retiring in 1921. She became a permanent fixture in the Mystic Seaport collection in 1941, staking her claim as the Museum’s crown jewel, with thousands of visitors flocking to see her each year. Early fundraising appeal for the Morgan.

RESTORING AN ICON The second section, “Workshop,” focuses on the materials and methods used in the ship’s original construction and her current restoration. Visitors can see and touch samples of live oak, white oak, copper sheathing and iron fasteners, and learn how the ship’s very fabric has both contributed to her survival and created an ongoing need for repair and restoration. Dynamic videos shot by the Museum’s Film

and supporters helping to make the restoration possible, and then record in a book their own memories or stories about the Morgan’s meaning to them. Visitors can also thumb through plans of the Morgan and see a bulletin board with recent news articles on the project. This last section represents an important feature of the new exhibit — its ability to be changed and updated as the restoration progresses over the next three years. Mystic Seaport President Steve White explains, “As the Morgan’s story continues to evolve and play an active role in our national maritime heritage, this exhibit connects visitors to the restoration work currently taking place and answers questions about what she has experienced and what her future holds.” Funding for the exhibit is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services — an organization that is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Funding is also provided by Tourism Cares — an organization founded to help preserve the travel experience for future generations. To learn more about the preservation of the Morgan, go to www.mysticseaport. org/morgan.

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& Video department shows shipwrights using key tools such as adzes, broad axes, and augers during the restoration. The “Laboratory” section uncovers the many threats that could destroy a wooden vessel (hurricane, fire or grounding, just to name a few) or cause it to deteriorate (for example, rot, corrosion, poor maintenance). It includes scientific information on shipworms and gribbles, wood-boring species that still threaten wooden ships and docks. Visitors can view an x-ray of a shipworm burrow inside a piece of oak, watch footage of gribbles munching on wood, and study two sections of a wood piling weakened by gribbles and shipworms. They can also study a computer screen monitoring live data from a probe submerged in the Mystic River. The data collected on the water’s salinity, dissolved

oxygen content, and turbidity is used by Williams-Mystic scientists to chart the conditions ripe for wood-boring organisms to thrive. The fourth section of the exhibit — the “Design Office” — highlights the current state of the restoration with photographs, podcasts, and lists of the day’s activities. Visitors can listen to recorded interviews with some of the shipwrights, scientists

— Molly Stach with additional contributions from Elysa Engelman and Sarah Bishop

Top, deck view of the Morgan, during the 1980s restoration. Above, the Morgan echoes fall colors. November 2008.

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1. Installing the new Planetarium projector. 2. President Steve White congratulates Don Treworgy at the unveiling of the Treworgy Planetarium sign. 3. Don Treworgy addressing the crowd at the Planetarium naming event. 4. The new Spitz A3P projector was funded anonymously by a former student of Don’s. 5. A new view of the night sky in Treworgy Planetarium.

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“The nicest thing on Treworgy retired as the Museum’s ing the ability to manipulate the day-to-day about working at Planetarium director on June 12, after positions of the planets electronically, and a Mystic Seaport is the 48 years of working at Mystic Seaport, but more realistic night star field. people. The staff not before inspiring both a new name for And as for the renaming of the Planetarium and volunteers, the the facility and an upgrade in equipment. In in his honor, Don blushes, then is quick to list students and visitors May, the Mystic Seaport Planetarium was ofthe long list of his staff and volunteers over the — all of the people ficially renamed the Treworgy Planetarium, years, noting that he has always counted on and their individual celebrating both Don’s remarkable legacy their contributions to make the Planetarium stories made every day and the Planetarium’s brand-new projector. run so smoothly. “The nicest thing about workjust wonderful.” In 1960, Armand Spitz designed the planing at Mystic Seaport is the people,” he recalls — DON TREWORGY with a broad smile. “The staff and volunteers, etarium specifically for Mystic Seaport, and within the dome housed his own Spitz A2 the students and visitors — all of the people model projector. These projectors were designed and their individual stories made every day just wonderful.” by Spitz himself to be affordable, yet effective, so that institutions such as schools and museTo name the Planetarium for him honors his ums could afford the rewarding experience of a mentoring, teaching and nurturing, says Susan planetarium. Now, after 49 years of service, the Funk, the Museum’s executive vice president. Spitz A2 has been replaced with a new projec“Don is responsible for unlocking the mystertor, the Spitz A3P. ies of navigation and the heavens for so many The surprise $100,000 donation that provided people through the years. His generosity and for the new projector and its installation, as well as enthusiasm for the precise and poetic details of some auxiliary equipment and the establishment astronomy means that he never misses a teaching of the Don Treworgy Planetarium Endowmoment, for students of every age.” ment Fund, was a gift from a former And while he may be retired, Don student who first came to study maintains a steady stream of viswith Don 38 years ago. “Now in itors and well-wishers, both in their 80s, he and his wife still person and virtually, nearly come to the Museum and the every one of them a friend Planetarium frequently,” he has made during his 48 years at Mystic Seaport. says Don. “And even af ter making this generous gift, they still insist on — Anna Sawin paying for their tickets to the show every Planetarium Director time!” Don Treworgy, shown here The new projecin his familiar red suspenders, retired in June after 48 tor has remarkable years at Mystic Seaport. capabilities, includ-

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to pick Gardening with Native Beach Plum

As the beach season nears its end, it is time G A R d e n i n g b y the sea


to turn our pleasures to picking apples, pears and pumpkins. However, before putting the beach chairs and pails to rest, allow yourself time to harvest a native seaside treasure. Beach plum (Prunus maritima) is a native Atlantic-coast shrub that grows abundantly along Long Island Sound and Cape Cod. These shrubs are related to the common plum but bear fruits that are smaller and have a sharp, tart, and refreshing taste, perfect for making preserves, jams and dried fruits. From September to November the fruits may be harvested; however, make sure to get to them before the wildlife and other pickers do. A ripe beach plum has a beautiful sky-blue film covering the fruit, which when scratched reveals a deep redpurple skin. The ripe fruits are fleshy and can be damaged easily; therefore, it is best to collect your beach plums just before leaving the beach. If one is not lucky enough to live near undisturbed beaches that are filled with these native shrubs, you may consider beach plum for your garden. At the Seaport, we have beach plum planted on Hobie’s Dock and along the Lighthouse. These specific plantings display their spring color to the first boaters sailing by and supply a bounty of autumn fruits for our interpretive program, whose members make jams from their harvests. Beach plum is a hardy shrub for the garden since it endures full sun exposure and the rough elements of the beach. This being said, the soil requirements for this shrub are not extensive. Beach plum produces its best fruit with regular moisture and fertile soil but can survive droughts and barren soils.

Unlike the common plum species, beach plum and its related species have large spreading root systems, which are useful in a sloping garden or planting. The roots will aid in reducing the erosion of these areas. In some cases, beach plums may form thickets with their suckers, creating a great habitat for birds and animals. When designing around beach plums it is fun to incorporate other edible and native plants. Growing up to six feet and taller, this shrub can be the centerpiece of your design. Pair beach plum with other berrying shrubs such as highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and Northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica). Including native grasses such as Switch grass (Panicum virgatum) will add texture and attract wildlife. With color in mind, beach plum’s white, cup-like flowers are paired wonderfully with roses such as Virginia rose (a native substitute to beach rose, Rosa rugosa) for springtime color. If gardening outside the Northeast look for related species of beach plum. Many related species such as American plum, Mexican plum and Pacific plum (Prunus subcordata) all can be used similarly in the garden and have great-tasting fruits. Whatever species chosen, most shrubs and trees do not start producing fruit until three to five years of age. Beach plums and other edible plants are rewarding when brought into our landscapes; these plants attract wildlife and inspire the jam-makers in all of us. So, as you pack your beach towels for the last time, don’t forget to bring your beach plum basket. Or better yet, plant a beach plum this fall!

Gardening by the Sea columnist Kara Franco is the Museum’s Supervisor of Grounds. She has a degree in horticulture and anthropology from the University of Connecticut.

i n the ga l l ey Summer clambakes are a time-honored summer tradition in New England. But if this season’s lobster prices are anything like they were last year—there was actually a surplus—you can enjoy them well into the fall. Native corn is at its peak in late summer and fall, as well. The recipe below is a great way to enjoy lobster long after beach days are over. Even in your own kitchen, this is a fun and festive meal, and supports your local fishermen. As with any clambake, it’s best followed by homemade blueberry pie. Blueberries freeze well, so if you can get New England blueberries, either wild or cultivated high-bush berries, you can defrost them and have yet another taste of summer. Go to for a great blueberry pie recipe.

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You don’t need to serve butter alongside. The butter (and no, the amount below isn’t a typo!) gives a velvety, buttery taste as the ingredients poach in the mixture. You can also strain and freeze the cooking liquid so you can use it again. It’s a messy meal, so have lots of napkins on hand! 1 cup chorizo, chopped 4 new shell lobsters 4 ears of corn, husked 1 ½ pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed

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1 ½ quarts water 3 cups clam juice or seafood stock 1 cup white wine 3 tablespoons sea salt 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1 shallot sliced 3 sprigs of thyme 2 sticks of butter 8 small new potatoes, washed

mb ak ei ny our 1. In a large enameled stockpot or Dutch oven, bring water, stock and Kitc wine to a simmer. hen 2. Add garlic, shallot, thyme and butter. When butter is melted, add potatoes and chorizo, and return to a simmer for 5 minutes until potatoes are partially cooked. 3. Add lobsters, bring back to a boil and cook for 5–7 minutes. 4. Add corn and layer the clams on top. Return to boil and cook another 8–10 minutes or until lobsters are bright red and clams are open. Discard any clams that do not open. Serve all ingredients on a large platter and garnish with fresh herbs, lemon slices and a nice loaf of crusty bread. Serves 4.

Jean Kerr is the author of Mystic Seafood: Great Recipes, History, and Seafaring Lore from Mystic Seaport, as well as Union Oyster House Cookbook and the forthcoming Windjammer Cooking. She is the editor of Taste of the Seacoast magazine and co-owner of Smith Kerr Associates Publishing.

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The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race & War in the Nineteenth Century by Martha Hodes (W.W. Norton)

The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race & War in the Nineteenth Century by Martha Hodes (W.W. Norton)

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Rarely do ordinary people make it into history books. Narratives and historical novels seem to be crammed mostly with larger-than-life tales of kings and queens, captains and pirates, misfits and saints. Occasionally, though, a book comes along shedding light on a not-so-famous individual, reminding us that sometimes the most inspiring stories are found with the little guy. Or in the case of The Sea Captain’s Wife, the little woman. Through more than 500 family letters, countless archives, census records and local histories, award-winning historian and professor Martha Hodes relays the true story of Eunice Stone, an ordinary white woman from 19th-century New England who created a notable life, based upon extraordinary decisions. Excerpts from Stone’s letters take readers along on a journey from her meager, working-class existence in New Hampshire to her eventual marriage to Smiley Connolly, a well-to-do black sea captain in the West Indies. When Stone’s voice dies off, Hodes picks up, putting together the pieces of a life that endured the death of a

first husband in the Civil War; the resolve to survive poverty by working as a servant and washerwoman; the choice to marry across racial lines; and the resulting alienation from a family member because of this decision. As Hodes provides an in-depth account of Stone’s personal life, she simultaneously illustrates the tumultuous era surrounding Stone, noting, “The world changed enormously over the course of Eunice’s life, offering her the occasion to ponder the grand themes of American history: class and opportunity, faith and religious practice, slavery and freedom, politics and war, racism and equality.” Some lesser-known intricacies of 19th-century life are also detailed, such as proper letter-writing etiquette and the teasing ditties and banter exchanged between female mill workers. But while the grand and lesser-known themes of 19th-century life are interesting to read, the true beauty and strength of Hodes’ work rests within Stone’s own voice. As Stone expresses her unconditional love for Connolly in a letter to her mother, confiding, “so long as we are to each other what we are now, I shall never regret linking my life with his,” 19th-century history instantly becomes relevant and vibrantly lush and alive.

Erin Richard is the Museum’s publicist. After taking a brief hiatus from reading after extensive study for her master’s degree in English literature (which she received last year), she is now enjoying a renewed interest in a variety of books.

New and Noteworthy in the Museum Store Herreshoff and His Yachts by Franco Pace. This book is a magnificent photographic collection celebrating the variety and scale of Nat Herreshoff's work. Pace's stunning photography captures their sheer grace and elegance in a book certain to please Herreshoff devotees as well as classic-yacht fans.

To order these or other books, call 860.572.5385 or shop online at And don’t forget your 10% members’ discount!

Historic Photos of Connecticut by Sam L. Rothman. From the decades following the Civil War, we view Connecticut’s inventiveness and industrial genius through its mills and factories. In its neighborhoods, colleges, and rural towns we glimpse its religious, cultural, and intellectual wealth. Through train wrecks, floods, fires and blizzards, Historic Photos of Connecticut provides a glimpse at the hardscrabble toughness that characterizes the people of Connecticut.


Nautical Nightmares has become a New England

Halloween tradition. Come walk our moonlit riverside grounds and experience a frightening and eerie evening at Mystic Seaport. Hear tales of New England's historic ghosts, legends and unsolved mysteries. Haunt historic vessels and exhibits, and hear spooky stories of lighthouses and ghost ships. Most definitely not for children under 10.

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2,500 — Nancy Hughes

Nautical Nightmare Ticket Sales Tickets on sale for members only presale from September 8–11 by calling 860.572.5322. On sale to the general public Monday, September 14 online at or by calling 860.572.5322. Spaces are limited, call early to get your desired evening!

2009 performance dates: October 16-18, 23-25 and 29-31

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From the sketchbook ”Costumes of the Mediterrean.”



Think Mystic Seaport, and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The Charles W. Morgan? Sabino? The L.A. Dunton? While these visible jewels of the collection are certainly highlights, the collections of Mystic Seaport are extraordinarily vast, and most of them are far less visible to the Museum visitor. Mystic Seaport magazine asked some of the Museum’s collections experts to search the collections to find some interesting yet lesser-known items. And while the collections themselves are treasures, so are the experts who care for them and provide vital access to these objects, ensuring that their stories continue to be told.

From the pages of Ocean Steamships, a popular account of 19th-century trans-oceanic travel.

Kelly Drake, a 15-year veteran of the Museum who oversees both the physical and electronic access to the Manuscripts, Ships Plans Collections and Museum Archives, admits that she loves reading the historic logbooks, diaries and correspondence written by seafarers and their families. “I enjoy sharing information about the materials in the collections to as many people as possible, or to the one person to whom it creates a life-changing connection,” says Drake. She visited the manuscripts collection and chose a sketchbook containing hand-colored drawings by a U.S. soldier, Edward C. Young. His enlistment took him to the Balearic Islands, and it was here that he apparently produced this color sketchbook, “Costumes of the Mediterranean.” Drawn in 1830, images include rarely documented costumes of several nationalities as seen in a number of Mediterranean ports, primarily Smyrna, Turkey. Clergy, military, merchants, townspeople, and servants of the sultan's court are pictured as well as the U.S.S. Concord. “The drawings are stunningly beautiful, and


Ship's plan of the sailing yacht, Bounty, designed by Herreshoff.

give a very rare glimpse, in color, of naval uniforms from the 1830s, and an even rarer glimpse of the varieties of people and their clothing populating the Mediterranean in the 1830s,” says Drake. “It truly shows the global nature of both seafaring life and the collections of Mystic Seaport.” Drake also chose Ocean Steamships, a popular account of late-19th-century trans-oceanic travel, featuring detailed descriptions and elegant engravings of life on board. “This book is one of the most popular and contemporary works on ocean travel in the 19th century,” says Drake. “It remains an excellent reference source for today’s researcher.” Maribeth Bielinski, collections access associate, chose a ship’s plan for her pick. “I am primarily responsible for introducing the public to the Museum’s resources, including photographic and printed images, manuscript material and ship’s plans,” she says. “The ship’s plan that I have chosen to share is that of the Bounty, the 57.5' auxiliary ketch designed by L. Francis Herreshoff in 1934. Herreshoff (b.1900, d. 1972) was a well-known and popular designer of sailing vessels during the first half of the 20th century. Having designed numerous vessels from simple racing yachts up to and including America’s Cup contenders, Herreshoff created designs that are often seen as art, beautiful in both form and func-

A 1909 Mianos two-cycle engine.

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tion. As one of our most frequently requested ship’s plans, the Bounty clearly is a favorite of many of our patrons. They (as well as I) appreciate the vessel’s beautiful simplicity and appealing lines, and possibly see it as a window into maritime sailing’s glorious past.” Scott Noseworthy is the Museum’s sawyer and coordinator of the collection of antique engines — one of the largest collections of antique engines in the country. “I’ve been a gas engine enthusiast since I was a young boy building mini-bike engines,” says Noseworthy. “It’s tough to pick my favorite engine in our collection. I picked the first engine restoration project I was involved with at Mystic Seaport. It’s a 1909 Mianos gas two-cycle engine manufactured in Mianos, CT.”

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Rosenfeld Collection Photograph Wake from Runabout, 1928. A 26' John Hacker-designed, Great Lakes Boat Works mahogany runabout, Foto II, built in 1926 in Milwaukee, WI.

F R O M T H E C ollections learn the alphabet and numbers. Capt. Thomas Cole’s hornbook consists of a page with the alphabet and numbers from one to ten. A sheet of transparent horn covers it. One of the most special things about this artifact is the writing on the back: “My grandfather Thomas Cole of Voluntown learned his letters from this old Horn Book about 100 years ago. S.C. – 1838.” “These eel spears caught my eye for their beautiful form. They are from Noank, CT — the summer eel spear has papyrus-shaped tines and was used to pierce the eel and hold it in place,” says Kornegay. “The winter eel spear was used to catch eels and keep them alive in between the tines.”

Hornbooks from colonial times, Voluntown, CT

— Anna Sawin and the Museum Collections Staff

A 5.75-pound kidney stone of a whale.

Mary Anne Stets, Curator of Photography and Director of Collections Business Development & Intellectual Property, chose an image from the Rosenfeld Collection, Wake from Runabout, 1928. “This image evokes where one has been and where one has yet to go, and it is a tribute to that journey,” says Stets. “Graphically, the image is a rich and intense testimonial to the power and grace of Foto II, one of the platforms from which the Rosenfeld art was created.”


Krystal Kornegay, the Museum’s registrar and collections management technician, regularly authors the “Staff Pick,” a newsy and informative notice for Museum staff about interesting items in the collection, so we knew she would find some good items. “The Museum’s Art and Objects Collection holds some intriguing curiosities and this is one of them. People are always surprised to find out that we have things like kidney stones, ambergris, whale eyeballs, whale ear bones and sawfish bills. I love to see the look on a person’s face when they see the sperm whale jawbones at the entrance of the vault! As one of my favorites in the ‘cabinet of curiosities,’ I picked the whale’s kidney stone, weighing in at 5.75 pounds. In 1965 the director of urology at a NYC hospital analyzed it. His study found that the stone was composed chiefly of magnesium, probably due to the relatively high concentration of magnesium in the seawater and the marine forms upon which the whale fed.” Kornegay also chose some less surprising but equally interesting objects: a hornbook, and two eel spears. “Hornbooks were used in colonial times to help children


Summer and winter eel spears, Noank, CT.



Think of Mystic Seaport as a ship, to foster an understanding and appreciation of the relationship between America and the sea. Then surely the staff is its rigging. They create and plan the programs and methods to

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educate the public about maritime history, and they nurture a love and respect for the sea in everyone who visits the Museum. And if the staff is the rigging, then the volunteers are the sails. Filled with knowledge and enthusiasm, they cheerfully deliver the message, faithfully execute the mission, and steadfastly move

the ship forward through time. They Are:




PHILIP tankard is not yet retired, but spends two mornings a week at the museum.

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of the Museum


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Visitors see many of the volunteers on the Museum grounds. However, many work behind the scenes — painting, gardening, woodworking, filing, phoning — doing whatever is needed to ensure smooth operations. One thousand strong, the corps of volunteers offer their time and service for one reason: they are dedicated to Mystic Seaport. That dedication began 80 years ago, when Edward E. Bradley, Carl C. Cutler, and Charles K. Stillman, signed the papers incorporating the Marine Historical Association, today known as Mystic Seaport, Museum of America and the Sea. From the outset, the Museum needed volunteers to fulfill its mission, as it does today. Unlike most museum volunteer corps, where the vast majority of participants are women, about half of the Mystic Seaport volunteers are men. This distinction reflects the diversity of volunteer activities — a range of projects that appeal to different ages and backgrounds, according to Executive Vice President Susan Funk. It’s really fascinating, and it makes sense,” she said, “With the shipyard and all the outdoor work, we draw upon the expertise of people who want to work with their hands or continue to use engineering and building skills developed in their work lives. Many of these men and women are retired and are very generous with their time.” The generosity of all the volunteers, Funk said, is “stunning. Some of our volunteers work as many hours as our full-time staff. They understand our culture, which is about the sharing of knowledge and a commitment to teaching and learning. Our volunteers work at the heart of the Museum.” Volunteer Bill Salancy gives his heart and hands to the Museum at least 20 hours a week. He and his wife, Sally, moved from Fairfield County to Mystic three years ago. Recently retired, Salancy knew he wanted to volunteer at the Museum and knew the shipyard would be the ideal place to pursue his avocation. He spends most of his time there and in the watercraft area, as well as a half day a week in exhibits. He

also logs in several hours at home repairing toy boats and creating replicas in his workshop. “You learn so much here,” said Salancy. “Of course, the main draw for me is the shipyard. The shipwrights are fantastic, as are the other volunteers. Some of my best friends are here.” Philip Tankard is not yet retired, but spends Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Museum. “The volunteers get the best of the Museum experience,” he said. “We get to spend great periods of time here, so we learn lots of things. And we don’t get burdened with all the stuff the staff has to do. It’s the learning, the people, and the appreciation. This is such a fascinating and diverse place — there is truly something for everyone here.” Tankard was quick to point out another reason for volunteering at the Museum. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my neighbor, Rhoda,” he said. “She recruited me, and she’s the glue that binds all of us together.” Rhoda is Coordinator of Volunteer Services Rhoda Hopkins Root. Everyone interested in volunteering at the Museum starts in her office on the first floor of the membership building. She matches their interests with staff requests, sets up the proper training and monitors the progress. She watches over the volunteers, giving them the guidance they need to ensure their success. A retired huntsman, Root came to Mystic Seaport in 2000 as a staff interpreter. In 2003, she accepted the volunteer coordinator position — and along with it, responsibility for 600 people. She quickly realized she could use even more help. “When I first came to this job, I wasn’t sure where I’d find more volunteers,” she said. “But it didn’t take long. I’d known all along that people were attracted to Mystic Seaport, but I was overwhelmed by the response. We probably have five new volunteers a week.” The majority of the volunteers work in the summer months, out of the education department and the interpretation

Jim GIBLIN 2009 volunteer of the year


course we don’t have a head shot of the 2009

Volunteer of the Year

Jim Giblin — he’s too busy! Solving complex engineering problems for facilities, working on the planning and construction of the new Shiplift and now documenting the hold of the Charles W. Morgan are all just a small part of the invaluable and extraordinary comittment Jim has made to the Museum during his many years of service as Trustee and volunteer. Jim was named Volunteer of the Year in July, at the annual Celebration of Volunteers.


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department. But Root pointed out that many departments are in continual need of volunteer hours, especially during the current economic recession. “It’s been difficult for our staff,” she said. “They’re doing two and three times the work they used to do, and they’re very grateful for the help. Both the staff and the volunteers have an enormous respect for the Museum, and a love for what they do. They really want to be here.” It’s not just adults who volunteer their time at the Museum. Root has 150 junior volunteers on board, with the promise of more for the summer. They can begin at 13, which is just what

23-year-old Brian Hammand did – and has been doing ever since. “My family had been members for years,” said Hammand. “I was here for youth programs when I was a kid, and my brother was a deckhand on the Sabino. At 13, I decided I wanted to volunteer. I started with Lantern Light Tours that December, and in January, I reported to the Boathouse for sanding, scraping and painting duty.” Over the next decade, Hammand volunteered all over the Museum, including instructing sailing classes, working on the Amistad and helping out in the Museum’s Boathouse. “The vol-


Piloting the way Let ’s say

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you want to volunteer at Mystic Seaport, but you have a tightly packed schedule and/or you live some distance away. Does four days a year sound possible? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the Museum’s Pilot Program. Established in 1973 by several Mystic Seaport members who wanted to learn more about the Museum’s dayto-day operations, the Pilot Program now boasts more than 100 active members who donate a weekend in the spring and another in the fall to a wide range of projects. From transcribing historic documents and shingling buildings to sewing costumes and painting vessels, no job is too large or too small for the Pilots. Chris Freeman, one of the Museum’s fundraising MYSTIC SEAPORT PILOTS officers, has been working SPEND TWO WEEKENDS EACH with the Pilots since this YEAR IN SERVICE TO THE past winter. Calling the MUSEUM. program the “best-kept secret of Mystic Seaport,” Freeman said the members provide both hands-on support and advocacy for the Museum. “They come to pound nails,” he said, “but they also come to learn.” The “pounding nails” part of the weekends begins on Saturday morning. The Pilots gather for a hearty breakfast and their work assignments. They work side by side with Museum staff, including the president and vice presidents, all morning at their tasks and then enjoy lunch on the grounds. The afternoon is much the same as the morning, hard work and good conversation filling the hours until dusk. After work, the Pilots gather again for drinks and dinner, as well as an informative presentation by Museum staff. On Sunday, the Pilots convene for coffee followed by a chapel service. They are then treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of a designated exhibit, building or area of the Museum. It is this opportunity, as well as the Saturday-night program, that prepares the Pilots for their “advocacy” role. “It takes a tremendous amount of effort to sustain this Museum,” said Freeman. “As a result of this program, the Pilots understand this. They are a thoughtful, educated, energetic group of people who work at the Museum and then speak out on our behalf when they return to their communities. The Pilots

raise the public awareness of the Museum and help us build a bigger base of support.” Deeply embedded in that base is the Museum’s 2008 Volunteer of the Year, Julie Doering. She has been a member since 1965 and a Pilot since 1990, when she moved from Scarsdale, NY, to Mystic. Since then, she has volunteered 7,000 – 8,000 hours, in the Rosenfeld Collection, as a member of the Hands on Deck (HOD) Squad, which helps with on-campus and off-campus exhibits and events, as a member of the Gung Ho Squad, which performs physical labor in the shipyard and around the grounds — and as a Pilot. Pilots, like Doering, get to choose their weekend assignments. While some may select the same task every year, Doering signs up for a job she’s never done before, so she can learn something new. “The only challenge now is finding that job,” she joked, “I’ve done just about everything here.” Freeman said the passion shown by Doering and the rest of the Pilots is what makes them such a special group. “Many of these Pilots have supported the Museum for decades,” he said. “They are some of our strongest advocates, and they help the Museum be the best it can be.” Last year, that included a long list of accomplishments, including spreading a ton of mulch, launching eight boats, sorting 900 rowing magazines, servicing two antique engines and scraping 50% of the bulwarks on the Charles W. Morgan. Doering pitches in joyfully. “I know I’m contributing, and it’s very gratifying,” she said. “You don’t do these things unless you get a bang out of it. It’s fun!” The Pilot program is only open to Museum members. To inquire about joining, contact Chris Freeman at chris.freeman@ or call 860.572.0711 x5189. To learn more, go to — Susan B. Kietzman


COORDinator of Volunteer services rhoda hopkins

root, “the glue that binds

us all together,” says one volunteer.

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unteers here have a great sense of community and pride,” he said, “as well as a feeling of accomplishment. The Museum greatly appreciates our efforts and always keeps us busy. We have fun and learn as we go. Getting involved in a community experience is really important, especially for young people.” Hammand, who was home-schooled, passed his General Educational Development tests in 2006. He is working at Electric Boat until the end of the summer, when he will head off to the Maine Maritime Academy to get his first mate’s license. He credits the Museum with helping him and other teens meet their goals. “This experience can be life-changing for youth volunteers,” he said. “Mystic Seaport gave me direction and helped develop my skills.” The Museum welcomes teen volunteers, ages 13 and above, in a variety of jobs. They can work in the Children’s Museum or in the Planetarium. They take visitors out in rowboats and sailboats from the Boathouse. They work in the gardens. They work with computers. “We give them every opportunity,” said Root. Executive Vice President Funk’s two children volunteered at the Museum when they were teenagers. She said 13 is the perfect age to begin. “They’re old enough to be responsible and contribute, but they’re not old enough to get a job. They’re anxious to please and do something useful,” she said. “Working with the public gives kids a lot of confidence. Plus, it’s a safe environment in which to grow.” When the volunteers grow, both in knowledge and in numbers, so does the Museum. “We rely on one another,” said Funk. “The volunteers gain from working here, and we gain from their generosity. They help expand the capability of the Museum. It’s an ideal relationship.” To join the Museum’s 1,000 + volunteers, contact Coordinator of Volunteer Services Rhoda Hopkins Root at 860.573.5378 or email   — Susan B. Kietzman Susan B. Kietzman is a freelance writer living in Mystic.

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ystic Seaport is a national treasure. For nearly to 80 years, our mission has been to protect,

preserve and present our priceless collection of ships, boats, photographs and maritime objects. Your gift to the Annual Fund benefits thousands of visitors each year and enables the Museum to pursue excellence in education, preservation and research. Donations to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible. Please mail your gift to the 2009-10 Annual Fund, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355 or visit to to make your gift online.


he America and the Sea Award recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts, business or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American spirit and character. The Award honors and celebrates those who embrace the scholarship, exploration, adventure, aesthetics, competition and freedom that the sea inspires.

The 2009 Award will be presented to internationally renowned sailor and avid maritime collector William I. Koch. For more information please contact the Advancement Department at 860.572.5365 or


August *

FALL 2009

September October

August 2-7 Joseph Conrad Summer Camp

September 2 Members’ bus trip to Rhode Island Boat Builders

August 3-7, 10-14 Youth Community Sailing

September 4 Mystic Seaport Dinner Theater

August 3-7 Family Community Sailing Summer Camp Mystic Seaport Sampler

September 5 Maritime Mystery September 5 Introduction to Half-Model Construction

August 4-9 Get Out on the Water Days

September 5-7 Fish & Ships Seafood Festival

August 5, 12, 19, 26 Music on the River

September 6 Mystic Seaport Dinner Theater

August 7 & 9, 14 & 16, 21 & 23, 28 & 30 Mystic Seaport Dinner Theater

September 11-12, 13-14, 18-19, 20-21, 25-26 Adult sailing cruises on Brilliant

August 8, 15, 22, 29 Maritime Mystery August 8-9, 15-16 Adult Community Sailing August 9-14 Joseph Conrad Camp Race Week

August 10-14 A Sailor’s Life: Summer Camp August 14-16 Wine & Food Festival

August 15-16 Antique Marine Engine Exposition August 17-21 Community Sailing Youth Racing Week August 17-21 Family Community Sailing August 20 Music for the Morgan featuring Honor by August August 21-23 Model Yacht Regatta August 21-23 Garden Days August 22 Book Signing at the Museum Store August 22 Sabino Dixieland Cruise

October 3 Trip to CT River Museum October 3 Open-hearth cooking class October 3 Beer Tasting and Talk October 6 Bus trip to Essex, MA October 8 Thimble Islands Cruise & Trolley Museum October 10 Cruise aboard Argia October 10-12 Chowderfest

September 12 Sew a doll dress begins

October 10-14 Traditional Boat Building Class

September 13 Newport Lighthouse Cruise

October 15 Adventure Series

September 14 Ship to Shore school program begins

October 16-18, 23-25, 29-31 Nautical Nightmares

September 14 Smithing session I begins

October 17 Music of the Sea class begins

September 18 Anchor Watch overnight program begins

October 17 Dyer Dhow Derby

September 20 Coastweeks Regatta

October 17-18 Pilot Weekend

September 25 Annual Recognition Dinner

October 19 Smithing session II begins

September 25-27 Williams-Mystic Reunion weekend

October 24 Scrimshaw class

September 26 Varnishing Techniques for Traditional Boats

October 24-25 Halloween for wee ones

September 26 Members’ Annual Meeting and Luncheon

October 29 Annual America and the Sea Gala (NYC)

September 26 - November 16 International Marine Art Exhibition & Sale

October 31 Trick or Treat

September 27 Antique Vehicle Show September 28-October 2 Painting the Maritime Landscape


November 14 Introduction to Half-Model Construction

August 28-30 Dog Days

November 14 Open-hearth cooking class November 19 Adventure Series November 21 Maritime Miniatures opening reception November 27-28 Field Days

* see for details on August events.

November 27-December 6 Members Double Discount Shopping Days begins – in store and on web November 28 Lantern Light Tours begin w w w. m y s t i c s e a p o r t. o r g • 8 6 0 . 5 7 2 . 5 3 2 2

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August 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 Teen Sailing on Schooner Brilliant

October 2-4 Painting the Maritime Landscape

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Dining for Locavores Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20


September 5-7, Saturday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. It’s fish AND ships — a seafood festival at Mystic Seaport!

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Come for Labor Day weekend at Mystic Seaport and sample our finest delights from the deep while enjoying our scenic river views. Help us send off summer with our delectable seafood specialties, seasonal desserts, along with a menu for our landlubbers — our grilled picnic fare. Additional à la carte items, as well as beer and wine, are also available. Spend the last official weekend of summer taking part in 19th-century games on the Village Green, boarding tall ships and exploring exhibits. Get out on the water aboard our steamship Sabino, rent a rowboat or sailboat at the Boathouse or just sit back and gaze at the stars under the Treworgy Planetarium dome. Museum admission is required to attend the festival. Cost of food is additional.

NEW! Maritime Mystery Saturdays, August 8, 15, 22, 29 and September 5

Coastweeks Regatta Sunday, September 20 Climb into your shell or simply enjoy the shoreside view, as rowing vessels race against time during our annual Coastweeks Regatta. The Regatta offers events in a range of categories — participants must pre-register and bring their own shells. During the racing, enjoy music from a Dixieland band. We encourage entrants to register early and electronically at

Mystic Seaport presents its firstever whodunit event, where the audience gets to solve the mystery! Follow the clues as you uncover a plot that has our village in its grip. Investigate leads and gather evidence throughout our 19th-century village, and see if you can find the culprit behind it all! Lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tickets range in price from $14 to 16 per person. Buy tickets online at www.mystic

Buy tickets online!

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Join Seamen’s Inne Executive Chef Tim Quinn as he explores the growing movement of locavorism (eating exclusively from local ingredients) in a sumptuous three-dinner series. Pairing local wines with fresh ingredients from nearby fishermen, farmers and other suppliers, Quinn will prepare a series of delicious meals entirely of ingredients sourced from within 10 miles (September), 25 miles (October) and 50 miles (November). For more information, watch the Seamen’s Inne website ( or call 860.572.5303.

NEW! Mystic Seaport Dinner Theater August 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 Friday, September 4 and Sunday, September 6 Enjoy a three-course dinner at Spouter Tavern’s outdoor dining area located in the heart of the Mystic Seaport village. Sip a glass of wine, enjoy good conversation and food in the summer evening air, and then watch as the Mystic Seaport TaleMakers perform Eugene O’Neill’s Ile aboard the L.A. Dunton. O’Neill’s harrowing one-act is about the unforgiving captain of an Arctic whaler, his gentle wife and the obsession that threatens all they hold dear. Join our dinner theater performance for its final dates of the season — for details and to buy tickets, go to theater. Tickets are $45 per person ($40 for members). Price includes dinner, gratuity and the performance. Beverages are additional.

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Beer Tasting and Beer’s Influence on Colonial America Saturday, October 3 • 5-7 p.m. Did you know that beer’s role in shaping American history started as early as the Mayflower and includes the paving of our first road in NYC? Gregg Smith, well-recognized beer historian and author, shares with us many surprising revelations about the influence of beer on our history. Chubbs Wharf and the L.A. Dunton provide the backdrop for his short presentation, followed by a tasting of the converted hops and grains we know as beer.

Buy tickets online!

Event Tickets (Must be 21 years or older. ID required.) Members: $25 Non-members: $30

The beer tasting includes beers from Shipyard Brewing Company and from Redhook Brewery, including Kona, its new Hawaiian beer. Tickets include the talk and tasting. À la carte light fare will also be available.

Buy tickets at or call 860.572.5322.

Named 1997 Beer Writer of the Year by the North American Guild of Beer Writers, Gregg Smith will be signing copies of his book, Beer in America: The Early Years — 1587-1840. This book is available for sale at the Museum store and at the event.

Event sponsor: Shipyard Brewing Company, who makes our own Mystic Seaport Pale Ale.

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Members’ Annual Meeting and Luncheon Saturday, September 26 Seamen’s Inne All members are invited to attend the 80th Annual Meeting and Election of Trustees. Hear reports on the state of the Museum, celebrate this year’s Milestone Member Class* and share in a remembrance of deceased members. The meeting is free to all members and begins at 12:30 p.m. Come early at 12 p.m. for the Member and Trustee Luncheon. Advance reservations are required and must be made by September 21 ($20 per person, cash bar). * Joined 1984 or earlier and the year ends in 4 or 9. Buy tickets online at or call 860.572.5322.

Buy tickets online!

International Marine Art Exhibition September 26-November 16

View this comprehensive exhibit of contemporary marine art, from classic racing yachts and modern vessels to everyday working yachts, as well as plein air scenes depicting bustling waterfronts, scenic beaches and glorious marshlands. For more information, call 860.572.5388 or visit www. w w w. m y s t i c s e a p o r t. o r g • 8 6 0 . 5 7 2 . 5 3 2 2

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Antique Vehicle Show Sunday, September 27

See the village, waterfront and ships bustle with activity as pre-1930s cars, trucks and motorcycles go about the daily business of the 1920s. Recall an age when motor vehicles connected inland farms with coastal communities, transporting products in each direction. Toot, toot! Kids and adults alike enjoy a ride in one of these classic vehicles. Cap off the day while watching the grand parade of vehicles at 3 p.m., as they circle the Museum grounds in the annual event finale.

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Dyer Dhow Derby Saturday, October 17 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This marks the 60th year of Dyer Dhow Derby, a regatta and party at Mystic Seaport for supporters of Mystic Seaport Community Sailing. Individuals and organizations have generously donated and maintained our stoic fleet of Dyer Dhows for more than half a century, and this is our annual opportunity to thank them. For more information and to sign up for a spot in one of the races, contact Hallie Payne at 860.572.0711 x5032 or

Saturday - Monday, October 10-12, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cool sea breezes, a warm autumn sun and piping-hot “chowda.” Does it get any better than that? At the Museum’s annual Chowderfest, visitors taste the best chowder anywhere, along with picnic fare, autumn desserts, and beer, wine and apple cider. And there’s more on the menu than great food. Stroll through the village and enjoy live music. Bring the kids to enjoy a “clammy” art project and story time in the Children’s Museum. Learn about late-summer stars and the mariner under the Treworgy Planetarium dome. Or, climb aboard our steamboat Sabino for a closer look at the autumn foliage.

Halloween for the Wee Ones Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Halloween story at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kids, it’s almost Halloween! Come decorate a trick-or-treat bag at the Children’s Museum, and enjoy a not-so-spooky Halloween story. Then come on back to Mystic Seaport on Halloween and collect some sweet treats in your decorated bag. w w w. m y s t i c s e a p o r t. o r g • 8 6 0 . 5 7 2 . 5 3 2 2

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Trick or Treat at Mystic Seaport! Saturday, October 31 • 4- 5:30 p.m.

Nightmares: Blood of the Mutineers October 16-18, 23-25, 29-31

A vengeful captain, a villainous mutineer, a witness driven mad, and a jury of the damned...this autumn, join us for our Halloween production, Nautical Nightmares: Blood of the Mutineers. Search the darkened village for clues to the captain’s unrest. But beware! This village is haunted by a secret that only its ghostly victims can bring to light. This event is not recommended for children under 10, and is not wheelchair accessible. Tickets: Member Adult: $17, Member Youth: $16. Non-member Adult: $19, Non-member Youth: $18 A $2 per-ticket handling fee will be applied to all reservations. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Buy tickets online at or by calling 860.572.5322.

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Maritime Miniatures November 21- December 31 The annual Maritime Miniatures exhibition opens to the public — just in time for holiday shopping. Opening reception to be held Saturday, November 21 from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 860.572.5388 or visit

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Dress up in your Halloween costume for trickor-treating at Mystic Seaport before darkness falls — perfect for children under 10. Bring your own trick-or-treat bag. (Come to the Children’s Museum to make one on October 24 and 25.) Parents, please park in Seamen’s Inne parking lot, and walk across to the North Entrance. Enter through the Library Gate and follow the pumpkins. We’ll provide a map of locations throughout our riverside village. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A donation of $2 per child is requested to help defray candy costs. R.S.V. P. to 860.572.5322.

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Adventure Series The River Room Seamen’s Inne 1 : 3 0 and 7 : 3 0 p. m .

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New England Field Days Friday and Saturday, November 27-28 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Looking for a post-Thanksgiving activity for the whole family that doesn’t involve spending money* or traffic at the mall?

Experience daring adventures around the world without ever leaving your seat! Each month of the series, October through April, features a different speaker with topics ranging from sailing around the great capes to tracking global warming in India and cruising the Amazon River. Hear the stories firsthand from individuals who pursued a personal adventure — and how they dealt with the challenges.

Come to Mystic Seaport for our annual New England Field Days event! Try our 19th-century games on the green, enjoy rollicking songs of the sea in a family-friendly music program and our make-your-own craft station. Come try all of this, plus our regular schedule of activities, including shipboard demonstrations and interactive exhibits. Plus, if you’re itching to get your holiday shopping started, Members’ Double Discount Days kick off early this year. *All activities free with Museum admission. Members get in free everyday!

Double Discount Days — A holiday gift for members!

The Great Capes

Friday, November 27 Sunday, December 6

Today, very few sailors brave the fierce and tempestuous waters of the Southern Ocean, but over the course of a 10-year circumnavigation aboard their 47-foot sloop, Beth Leonard and her partner, Evans Starzinger, passed under the three great capes. On the way, they faced storm-force winds, dangerous seas, freezing temperatures and broken equipment, but they also came up against what they had believed to be their own limits — and were forced to pass beyond them.

Thursday, October 15

Members, now you have more days to save! Double Discount Days starts the day after Thanksgiving this year, and lasts through Sunday, December 6. Everything in the store and on the web is 20% off for members except sale items, original art and John Stobart prints. The Museum Store is open until 9:30 p.m. on Lantern Light Tour evenings, November 28 and December 4-5, 11-12, 18-20, 26-27. w w w. m y s t i c s e a p o r t. o r g • 8 6 0 . 5 7 2 . 5 3 2 2


Riding America’s Longest Mountain Bike Route

If You’re Ever in the AmazoN…

Thursday, November 19 Erik Schlimmer is the only person to have ridden the 2,740mile Western States Mountain Bike Route from the top of the United States to the border of Mexico — from Montana to Arizona. Roughly two-thirds of the route consists of dirt roads and crosses the largest forested plateau in North America, year-round snowfields, grizzly bear habitat, the Grand Tetons and elevations exceeding 11,000 feet — some of the most wild and beautiful terrain in the United States. He accomplished the ride in 52 days, averaging 53 miles per day.

Blue-water sailors, Bob a n d A m i G re e n , re t u r n e d to sea in 2005 after a three-year hiatus caused by the loss of their yacht, Scallywag. The Greens left Rhode Island on Scallywag II bound for the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Three years later, the couple sailed home on the roads less traveled. With stops in Cape Verde, Senegal and the sensual land of Brazil, they ended their voyage with a thousand-mile cruise in the coffee-colored waters of the Amazon River — a glorious cacophony of sights, music, sounds and stories.

Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time

Racing around the World, Non-stop and Alone

Thursday, March 18

Thursday, April 15

Award-winning nature writer Richard Conniff sits down with African wild dogs and lets them sniff his neck to test the idea that they are vicious man-eaters. He sticks his hand in a fire ant mound. He flings chicken carcasses into piranha-infested waters to clock how quickly they disappear before diving in himself. Wherever these ill-advised journeys take him, Richard reveals littleknown truths about various exotic species of animals and debunking myths about others.

TBA Thursday, January 21 Check the web and the winter issue of Mystic Seaport magazine for details about our exciting January speaker!

On Thin Ice Thursday, February 18 Seventy-five percent of the world’s fresh water is stored in glaciers, but scientists predict that climate change will cause some of the world’s largest glaciers to melt completely by the year 2030. Thom Pollard trekked with Conrad Anker and David Brancaccio to the Gangotri Glacier of the Himalayan Mountains in northern India to document its rapid retreat. The glacier is the source of the holy Ganges River. Religious pilgrims travel from near and far to bathe in its pristine, albeit icy, waters. Thom’s presentation will play never-before-seen clips of the expedition, which met with mystics and yogis, scientists and pilgrims alike.

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The 60' sailboats of the Vendee Globe depart every four years from Les Sabled’Olonne, France, and race 28,000 miles around the world. Thirty racers were on the starting line in November 2008, including Rich Wilson from Marblehead, MA, the only U.S. entry. Nineteen skippers dropped out along the way, but Rich finished the grueling race 9th of 11 finishers after four months at sea. The race’s senior skipper at age 58, Rich's finish is a testament to his excellent seamanship skills, deep determination, careful planning and prudent execution.

ADVENTURE SERIES Tickets Afternoon series at 1:30 p.m. $70 Members / $85 Non-members for the seven programs Evening series at 7:30 p.m. $80 Members / $95 Non-members for the seven programs


Tuesday, December 15


cruises & trips

NEW! Origins of the L.A. Dunton Bus trip to Essex, MA Tuesday, October 6 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Bus Trip to Rhode Island Boat Builders Wednesday, September 2 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Curious about how modern fiberglass power and sailboats are built? Visit four Rhode Island boatbuilding facilities, see the range of techniques from traditional to cutting-edge technologies, and then end the day with a talk by America’s Cup yachtsman Ted Hood. Learn about their technologies and tour the production facilities at Dyer Boats, Goetz Custom Boats, New England Boatworks and Hunt Yachts. We’ll finish the day at Ted Hood Yachts in Portsmouth. Lunch is shoreside at Quito’s Clam Shack in Bristol Harbor. We depart from Mystic Seaport at 7:30 a.m. and return around 5:30 p.m.

Travel to Massachusetts to the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum and learn the extraordinary story of how a small New England village built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world, including our own L.A. Dunton. The museum includes antique shipbuilding tools, photographs and exhibits housed in the original Essex Central School House. Also included in the tour are demonstrations, plus a visit to one of the five surviving Essex-built fishing schooners, the Evelina M. Goulart. Dine across the street at the Village Restaurant, “where all the locals go.” Then take a private 1½-hour river cruise on the sheltered, meandering waters of the Essex River, enjoying its unspoiled natural beauty, scenic salt marshes and abundant wildlife. When registering, choose fish, chicken, clam roll or salad. Members: $95 Non-members: $110

Members: $80 Non-members: $90



Bay, including Beavertail and Castle Hill.

Back by popular demand!

Lighthouse Cruise out of Newport Sunday, September 13 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Enjoy a private three-hour cruise out of Newport, RI, to see the lighthouses of Narragansett Bay, aboard Rum Runner II, a 58' wooden boat built by Elco. It transported hooch from Canada across the Great Lakes into Chicago and Detroit before running liquor for two New Jersey mobsters to the Newport mansions during Prohibition. We’ll visit more than 10 lighthouses among the beautiful islands and passageways of Narragansett

Be at Bannister’s Wharf in downtown Newport by 9:30 a.m. for our 10 a.m. departure. As an added benefit, we include a sticker to cover free all-day parking (8 a.m. until midnight!) in the Gateway Visitors’ Center lot, just a 10-minute walk from Rum Runner II. Explore Newport or dine at the restaurant of your choice without any worries about parking. Group size limited to 49 passengers. First come, first served. Members: $75 Non-members: $85


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NEW! River Exploration: Discover the Turtle and sail on the Connecticut River

Members: $65 Non-members: $75

Argia Twilight Cruise with sea music Saturday, October 10 5:30–7:30 p.m. Climb aboard the 81' schooner Argia and enjoy an early evening sailing cruise down the Mystic River and out onto Fishers Island Sound. The Argia is an authentic replica of a 19thcentury gaff-rigged schooner. Relax on deck or take the helm while you listen to the rich, sonorous voice of Don Sineti, one of the Museum’s own chantey men. You’re welcome to bring your own beverages — there’s plenty of ice, cups and napkins on board — and please bring some hors d’oeuvres to share with other sailors. Meet Argia at her dock in downtown Mystic on Holmes Street at least 15 minutes prior to sailing. Members: $35 Non-members: $45



Things members say about our member trips: “The best time of my life.” After a trip to the American Museum of Natural History, January 3

Keep the offerings coming. Great trip. My first Visit here since high school. During visit to the Intrepid Museum, April 4

“These trips are wonderful. I get to visit places and learn things I never get to do on my own. Thank you!” Following a trip to Provincetown, MA, April 24-25

Thursday, October 8 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a two-hour narrated cruise of Connecticut’s Thimble Islands, often described as “a piece of the Maine coast that drifted into Long Island Sound.” Hundreds of rocks in a threemile radius make up the island chain, mostly populated with Victorian homes. Our tour is narrated by local expert Captain Bob Milne, who has navigated the islands for more than 20 years. After the cruise, we visit the unique Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, where we board an antique trolley from the early 1900s. As we travel along a scenic salt marsh, the conductor explains the antique trolley’s electrical mechanisms and asks passengers to help “turn the seats” for the return trip. Limited to 45 participants Members: $50 Non-members: $60


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Saturday, October 3 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Join us in historic Essex, CT, and hear Connecticut River Museum Director Jerry Roberts talk about his passion — the extraordinary American Revolution submarine, Turtle. Complete your trip with a sail on the 1906 wooden schooner Mary E. The CT River Museum is home to a full-scale model of David Bushnell’s 1776 invention, the American Turtle — the first submarine ever to be used in combat. Get inside the oneperson sub to understand how the mechanisms worked — or didn’t! On board the Mary E., join the crew in hoisting the sails and steering, or just relax and enjoy the river views. The trip includes a picnic lunch overlooking the Connecticut River.

Back by popular demand!

Hidden Connecticut: Thimble Islands and Shore Line Trolley Museum

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Community Sailing Programs No matter your skill level, you will find sailing at Mystic Seaport an unequaled experience. Community Sailing instructors at Mystic Seaport are experienced sailors who have been certified through the United States Sailing Association for sailing, safety, boat operation, first aid and CPR. The majority of class time is spent on the water. The remaining instruction takes place in the classroom. Classes use Dyer Dhows or JY15s. All equipment, except foulweather gear, is provided. Competent swimmers ages 15 and older may enroll in adult classes. Students under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a health and registration form. To register for any community sailing course, go online to or call 860.572.5322.

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Community Sailing: Adult Intermediate

If you are comfortable sailing a small boat alone and have mastered beginner skills, this course is for you. Begin with a review of terminology and points of sail, then move to learning about safety, sail trim and advanced terminology. Practice leaving and landing at docks, picking up moorings, man overboard, inland rules of the road, gear failure, wind and current, headers and lifters.




Sunday, Sept. 13Sunday, OCT. 25 except SEPT. 20

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

$220 (m) / $250

Class meets for six three-hour sessions.

Community Sailing:

Home-school Beginner (Ages 10-14) Build confidence on the water as you practice boat handling and learn the basics of water safety and wind. Learn how to control your boat (using the main sheet and the tiller) and fundamental sailing maneuvers (such as tacking and jibing) through classroom and on-the-water instruction. Members only.




Sept. 11- Oct. 16

9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

$200 (m)

Class meets for six three-hour sessions.

Community Sailing:

Community Sailing: Adult Advanced

Join accomplished intermediate sailors interested in spending more time on the water and improve your boat handling skills. Tailored to the interests of participants, this course includes discussion of seamanship, safety, weather and tides.




SAT, Sept. 12 SAT, OCT. 31 except SEPT. 19 and OCT. 17

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

$220 (m) / $250

Class meets for six three-hour sessions.

Adult Beginner

In this class, you'll be introduced to the theory of sailing (why and how a boat sails), basic sailing and gear terminology, rigging and de-rigging a Dyer Dhow, equipment stowage and care, personal safety, knots, safety on the dock and on the water, points of sail, small-boat handling, right-ofway rules, and capsize and running aground procedures.




Sunday, Sept.13 Sunday, OCT. 25 except SEPT. 20

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

$220 (m) / $250

Class meets for six three-hour sessions.

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Adult/Youth Community Sailing Racing Series Sailors with racing experience and competency to sail nine-foot Dyer Dhow dinghies compete on the Mystic River. Races are conducted according to current International Yacht Racing Rules. Protests will be accepted, results posted and trophies awarded.

JY-15 Racing Series: SPRING 2010 Ages 15+

Competitors must know how to sail and have a solid knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing. Check the web for 2010 dates.

Dyer Dhow Racing Series: Ages 15+





Sat, Sept. 12 Sat, OCT. 31 except SEPT. 19 and OCT. 17

2:30 – 5 p.m.

$220 (m) / $250

Brilliant for Adults Two-day Sails Typically, we sail to Block Island (Rhode Island) or Shelter Island (New York) and usually lay to a dock in the evening when crew may go ashore. Each two-day sail begins at 9 a.m., returns at 4 p.m. the following day and includes an overnight aboard.


Sail Fee

Sept. 11 - SEPT. 12

$360 (m) / $410

SEPT. 13 - Sept. 14

$360 (m) / $410

Sept. 18 - SEPT. 19

Register online!

Limited Availability

$360 (m) / $410

Sept. 20 - SEPT. 21

$360 (m) / $410

Sept. 25 - SEPT. 26

$360 (m) / $410

Sept. 27 - SEPT. 28 OCT. 3 - OCT. 4

$360 (m) / $410 Limited Availability

OCT. 10 - OCT. 11

$360 (m) / $410 $360 (m) / $410

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Competitors must have racing experience and competency in Dyer Dhows.

camps , classes & programs Charters Invite your friends and family to join you for your Brilliant experience. Four-day charters may be created by combining adjacent two-day sails.


If you charter Brilliant, we must have at least six able hands to run the boat safely in difficult weather conditions. Charters for two-day sails or longer are limited to eight adults. Charter fee, two-day sail: $2,900 Charter fee, four-day sail: $6,000

PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS Since early times, navigators have used the heavenly bodies to determine their ship’s position at sea. Daily programs in the Treworgy Planetarium illustrate the night sky for visitors, while classes offered by the Planetarium staff provide an in-depth look at navigation and astronomy.

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Special Group Planetarium Programs Have a specific topic in mind? Gather a group and let us know what you would like to learn. We seek to support your curriculum or special interests. Here are a few course possibilities:

Stars of a Voyage to Freedom (Amistad)

Music of the Sea: Chanteys, Ballads and Fo’c’sle Songs

Saturdays, October 17-November 4 10 a.m. –12 p.m. Learn about the history of music and the sea while practicing your music skills! Led by the Museum’s expert chanteymen, participants will learn and perform songs and basic instrument skills, all within the context of music’s maritime history. Class consists of four 2-hour sessions, culminating in a sea-song performance at Greenmanville Church on November 4. Class registration includes either a set of “bones” or a tin whistle. Appropriate for all skill levels. Members: $80 • Non-members: $85

Stars and Navigation of the Great Explorers Stars and Constellations of the Current Season’s Sky To discuss program content possibilities, please call 860.572.5302, x5151, or email

Stitch in Time: Sew a 19th-Century Doll Dress Saturdays, September 12-26 10 a.m. –12 p.m.

Cut, sew and trim a period dress for your 18-inch doll, while learning about women’s and girls’ fashions of the 1870s. Classes are held at the Mystic Seaport costume shop, which produces period clothing for the historic role-playing program and Lantern Light Tours. We provide all materials and patterns; you bring your 18-inch doll and a friend or family member. Open to individuals or pairs. Interested in birthday parties for kids and fall preschool programs? Check our website for more information.

Members: $75 • Non-members: $80 (Prices are per dress, not per person. Up to two participants may register per dress.)

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New! Painting the Maritime Landscape Come paint with one of the distinguished Maritime Gallery artists en plein air at Mystic Seaport. Learn the secrets of good composition, color mixing, choosing the right location and more. Some painting experience preferred. Class limited to 15 students.


Open-Hearth Cooking Class Saturday, October 3 or November 14, 4-7 p.m.

Enjoy a warm and friendly environment as you learn to use a variety of cooking techniques to make a traditional 19thcentury meal in the Buckingham-Hall House. All materials are provided. You bring your curiosity and appetite! Class registration includes a delicious hearth-cooked supper, plus a copy of The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Child. Members: $80 • Non-members: $85




9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$160 (m) / $190

Instructor: Lou Bonamarte is a noted Maritime Gallery artist who has won numerous awards from the American Watercolor Society, the Salmagundi Club, the Academic Artists Association and the American Professional Watercolor Club.

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SEPT. 28 - OCT. 2

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

$160 (m) / $190

Instructor: David Lussier, who is trained as a commercial illustrator, is a renowned plein air teacher. He has studied at the Paier College of Art and at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art.

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Choose 10/3 or 11/14. (This is a one-time class; the menu and curriculum will be similar on both dates.)


Anchor Watch

An Overnight Program for Youth Groups Connect your youth group to the traditions of America and the sea during a fun-filled overnight adventure at Mystic Seaport. You’ll sleep aboard the 1882 square-rigged training ship Joseph Conrad after an evening of maritime activities. Rise and shine the next morning for a hearty breakfast, then join in a group activity led by Museum staff. Afterward, you’re free to spend the day exploring Mystic Seaport on your own.

Smithing I & II Smithing, Session I: Enjoy eight sessions in our historic James Driggs Shipsmith Shop as you discover both modern and traditional blacksmithing techniques, led by experienced smiths and teachers. This class is designed for students with no prior training. All materials and tools provided. Smithing, Session II:

This class offers continued learning from section one but also welcomes new students. During the eight sessions in our shipsmith shop, experienced smiths offer individualized attention to allow students to progress at their own pace. Both modern and traditional blacksmithing techniques are taught. These courses work very well for a parent and a child ages 12 and above.

The program runs Fridays and Saturdays from mid-March through mid-May, and mid-September through mid-November. Call for available dates. Cost: $75 per person includes overnight accommodations aboard the training vessel Joseph Conrad, pizza snack, evening activities, craft materials, breakfast, a Mystic Seaport patch and two days of admission (the day of arrival and the following day). Group Size: The group size is a minimum of 20 participants, maximum of 45. One supervising adult is required for every 10 children. You may combine small groups from your area. Groups with fewer than 20 participants will be charged $1,500.




Eligibility: Open to all youth groups, ages 6 –14.

i. Sept. 14 - OCT. 7

5 – 8 p.m.

$270 (m) / $300

iI. OCT. 19 - NOV. 11

5 – 8 p.m.

$270 (m) / $300

To register your group, call 860.572.5322 or email Dates available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Have you spent a night on board the Joseph Conrad or plan to? Then check out our awesome new Conrad T-shirts at sailingshirts!

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John Gardner Boatshop Courses Named in honor of the boat builder, educator and author who founded Mystic Seaport’s boatbuilding courses more than 30 years ago, the John Gardner Boat Shop continues to research, document, replicate and teach the craft of traditional boatbuilding.

Introduction to Half-Model Construction

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Create your own half model of Brilliant, Mystic Seaport’s Sparkman & Stephens 62' schooner yacht. Learn the basics of half-hull construction by carving your own model of a classic sailboat. Following a demonstration of the basic techniques used to build a waterline-lift model, you’ll begin working on your own model. Discussions of techniques, materials, tools and finishes continue throughout the day as you work to complete your project. At the end of the course, you’ll go home with a new family heirloom! Class size is limited to six students (minimum five).




Sept. 5

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$250 (m) / $300

NOV. 14

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$250 (m) / $300

Traditional Boatbuilding Learn by doing! Gain hands-on experience in nearly every phase of construction of a traditional plank-on-frame, smooth or lapstrake-planked boat. Discussion topics include wood types and sources, books and periodicals and necessary tools. This comprehensive course will prepare you for any boatbuilding project. No previous experience is necessary. All tools and materials provided, including a copy of the Mystic Seaport Lofting Manual.




OCT. 10-14

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$800 (m) / $850

Classes meet Saturday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scrimshaw Scrimshaw was and is a decorative art of the mariner to fill up times of boredom on a whaling ship or yacht. Students will learn to use the basic tools and techniques to produce a small piece of scrimshaw in this class.




OCT. 24

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$125 (m) / $175

Varnishing Techniques for Traditional Boats So, now that you have your new or restored traditional boat, how do you protect it and keep it beautiful for years to come? Our full-day finishing class begins with discussions of appropriate materials, tools and surface preparation. Then, you’ll begin hands-on practice on sample boards in various stages of completion. All materials and your own badger-hair brush are included. Class size is limited to seven students (minimum five).




Sept. 26

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$170 (m) / $220

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How To Register Nearly all classes, programs and ticketed events have online registration. In addition, registration forms can be found on the web at: and can be faxed, emailed or mailed.





Important Information In the event of extreme weather, Mystic Seaport may cancel a class or program. A full refund will be issued only if the participant cannot be rescheduled. Occasionally, Mystic Seaport photographs or videotapes visitors while on the grounds for use in a variety of publicity and promotional materials and to advance our educational mission. We thank you for your cooperation and support.

Cancellation Policies


Reservations Mystic Seaport P.O. Box 6000 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT 06355

EMail Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is due in full at the time of registration.

Planetarium, Community Sailing, Shoreside Trades and John Gardner Boat Shop Courses Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of a course will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. Cancellations made 15 to 29 days prior to a class will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 50% of the course cost. No refund will be given if cancelled within 14 days of the course.

Schooner Brilliant Adult AND TEEN Sails, Joseph Conrad Program and SumMer day camps Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of courses will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. The administrative fee will be 50% for Brilliant charters. No refund will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of any Brilliant or camp courses.

ARE YOU A College Student? This could be you. Williams-Mystic: The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport Williams-Mystic, the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, offers undergraduates a hands-on, interdisciplinary semester focused on the world’s oceans. Classes requiring original research and writing are conducted at Mystic Seaport in maritime history, marine sciences, environmental policy and literature of the sea. Taking hands-on learning even farther, Williams-Mystic students explore America in a way unlike any other — from a sailing voyage on a tall ship and traveling both the Pacific and Gulf coasts on three extended field seminars. Sophomores, juniors and seniors from any accredited four-year institution may apply for a fall or spring semester. Admission is competitive. Students earn a full semester of credit and transcript from Williams College. Need-based financial aid is available. For an application, please visit us at or call 860.572.5359, ext. 2.

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Mystic Seaport program prices are subject to change without prior notice.


mem b er gear Charles W. Morgan Umbrella

baseball cap

Double-sided, navy/white 42" auto-open umbrella

Canvas cap with member burgee logo. Leather

with white piping and image of Charles W. Morgan. Windproof frame folds to 18.5".

strap. Mesh lining to promote cooling. Breton red, khaki or yellow. Specify color choice.

$18 • ITEM CODE #0011

$23 • ITEM CODE #0016


brilliant sport pack

Ocean blue, aluminum flashlight with member

Black microfiber. 15"x12". Unique double-draw

burgee logo features 17 white LED lights, a pushbutton on/off switch and hand rope. Batteries incld.

top/shoulder strap combination. Zippered gusset expands to 5" on the bottom.

$15 • ITEM CODE #0077

$15 • ITEM CODE #0023



Lightweight yet sturdy, two-bottle cooler tote, per-

Durable 400-denier nylon. UV inhibitor to

fect for wine. Comes with a high-quality combination wood-detailed corkscrew/bottle opener. The

reduce fading. Anti-microbial coating to prevent mildew. No-fray bond. Two brass grommets.

front pocket and detachable padded bottle divider make this a perfect picnic or boat accessory. $35 • ITEM CODE #0069

$32 • ITEM CODE #0012 • SMALL 12"X18" $42 • ITEM CODE #0013 • LARGE 16"X24"

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CHOWDERFEST. THIS OCTOBER, IT’S THE TALK OF THE TOWN. Break out the oyster crackers. It’s Chowderfest time at Mystic Seaport. Be our guest October 10 - 12, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for a piping-hot cup of our legendary chowder. Plus delectable seafood specialties, seasonal desserts and beer, wine and apple cider. Then stroll through the scenic Mystic Seaport village and enjoy live music, stories and activities for the kids or a relaxing autumn cruise aboard the steamboat Sabino. To learn more, visit CHOWDERFEST ~ OCTOBER 10 ~ 12

Mystic Seaport Magazine 2009 Fall  

Mystic Seaport Magazine of activites, events, classes and programs held Fall 2009.

Mystic Seaport Magazine 2009 Fall  

Mystic Seaport Magazine of activites, events, classes and programs held Fall 2009.