December 2, 1990 |
For those who would go down to the sea in ships, Mystic Seaport is the place to drop anchor. The 17-acre, 60-year-old maritime museum is home to the largest collection of historic small craft in America, a working 19th-Century shipyard and 60 waterfront buildings of that bustling era. Like books on shelves, boats dating to 1824 are stacked in the museum's huge warehouse, each with a placard telling its history and unique features.
February 27, 2000 |
For Bill Pinkney, a black man who sailed the world, the sea is the great equalizer, the schooner Amistad its great ambassador. Pinkney is the newly named captain of the Amistad, the under-construction reproduction of the 19th century sailing ship, whose 53 African captives revolted in 1839. Those captives eventually won their freedom in a long court battle that began in Connecticut.
September 18, 2005 |
THE clouds above the docks hurried along like freight trains on their way to big towns. A teenage girl selling flowers at the Saturday farmers market in Stonington jumped up and down, trying to generate some body heat against the relentless winds. Produce sellers blew on their hands and tried to interest the few browsers in the foodstuffs that characterize the end of the season: apples, fingerling potatoes, buttercup squash, bread-and-butter pickles.
July 5, 2009 |
She has weak knees, her front and rear ends sag, and Quentin Snediker worries about what else he may find when he digs deeper into her stout frame. Snediker is director of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport. The weak-kneed "she," the Charles W. Morgan, is the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship, among Connecticut's most popular tourist attractions. Launched in 1841 in New Bedford, Mass., the Morgan sailed until 1921.
November 20, 2005 |
Ancient live oak trees uprooted in Mississippi by Hurricane Katrina are going to escape being turned into wood chips, and instead will be used to restore what is believed to be the world's last wooden whaling ship. Timber from 170 of the trees will be used to rebuild part of the frame, backbone, and stern and stem posts of the Charles W. Morgan. The ship, a national historical landmark, is set to undergo a $3.5-million overhaul at Mystic Seaport starting in the spring of 2007.
June 22, 2003 |
CONNECTICUT Call them Ishmael: 'Moby' marathon AT the Melville Marathon, July 31 to Aug. 1 at Mystic Seaport, volunteers will read all of "Moby-Dick," starting at noon July 31. Visitors can sign up for a short chapter or a long one. Hardy souls stay overnight aboard the Charles W. Morgan, a wooden whaling ship. Contact Mystic Seaport, P.O. Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355; (888) 973-2767, www.mystic.org.