Nautical Treasures: Mystic Seaport

April 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Mystic Seaport is located on the eastern edge of the Mystic River in southeast Connecticut and is the largest maritime museum in the world.  The heart of the museum are its historic ships, most notably the CHARLES W. MORGAN, the only surviving wooden whaleship.  Other vessels have earned the status of National Historic Landmarks.

 

In addition to the ships, the Seaport has a re-created seaside community with sailmaker shops, coopers, rope makers, blacksmiths, and other 18-th century trades that support shipbuilding.  Speaking of shipbuilding, visitors are allowed to walk freely around the museum's restoration shipyard.  When we were there, the MORGAN was hauled out and undergoing a complete restoration.  It provided a really unique vantage point of one of the world's most historic vessels.

 

I spent many hours wandering around the Seaport and photographing.  There are subjects everywhere - traditional landscapes, the ships themselves, costumed interpreters, small details, the shipyard, and so much more.  Every season brings out something new and I can't wait to get back for another visit.  Here are some images:

 


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