I went to Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut about 4 years ago with girlfriends. I have always wanted to return with Dave. This is a re-enactment of a whaling seaport on the Mystic River. It opens at 9:00, but we arrived at 11:00. The ticket is a 2 day pass, so we may return in the morning.
We had a very peaceful day walking through the grounds and checking out the exhibits. Some places had people explaining how things were done in the days of whaling. We learned some interesting things about navigation, cooperage (making barrels), black smithing, rigging a tall ship, seining for fish, making rope, and how the whale boats were maneuvered. There were also demonstrations with music of how chores were done with songs for being able to move in synchronized motion.
All the buildings were brought to this area and are actual buildings that were used in the 1700 and 1800’s. There were 2 tall ships that you could tour. The Charles W Morgan is the last surviving whaling ship. It was completely restored and actually sailed north of Boston and back this summer. Another ship was originally from Denmark and was built to use for training sailors.
Happy Birthday to Dave's mom, Alice!
|exhibit of figureheads
|Joseph Conrad built in Denmark in 1882
|"Ditty bags" made by the sailors. We may have to try this on a long passage. That is if I don't get sea sick trying to concentrate on stitching.
|Charles W Morgan whaling ship