Saturday, July 8, 2017

Happy Birthday to me! - Part 2

Mystic, CT

Kay and Laurie took us to Mystic Seaport.  The Museum of America and the Sea in Mystic, Connecticut is the largest maritime museum in the United States. It is notable for its collection of sailing ships and boats, and for the re-creation of the crafts and fabric of an entire 19th-century seafaring village. It consists of more than 60 original historic buildings, most of them rare commercial structures moved to the 19-acre site and meticulously restored. The buildings are trade shops and businesses from the 1800s that were transported to Mystic Seaport from locations around New England. The village is made up of many bustling maritime trades, from ship smiths and coopers to woodcarvers and riggers.

Brand new beautiful whaling museum

Pictures below are of the living history village

General Store, loved the weather vane.

These two pictures are from the rope making building. It was a
huge long, long, room. I tried to get some scale. Pretty cool.

The Charles W. Morgan is an American whaling ship built in 1841 whose active service period was during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Ships of this type were usually used to harvest the blubber of whales for whale oil, which was commonly used in lamps. The ship has served as a museum ship since the 1940s, and is now an exhibit at the Mystic Seaport. She is the world's oldest surviving merchant vessel, and the only surviving wooden whaling ship from the 19th century American merchant fleet.  She was designated a national historic landmark in 1966.

This is a reconstructed long ship, The Draken Harald Harfagre, which sailed across
the Atlantic Ocean in 2016 to explore and relive one of the most mythological sea
voyages: the first transatlantic crossing and the Viking discovery of the New World,
more than 1,000 years ago.  After crossing the Atlantic, the ship sailed throughout
the Great Lakes, down the Erie Canal to New York City, and concluded its voyage
at Mystic Seaport.

Sailing class

And this gem was sitting in the harbor with a for sale sign on it.
So of course, Greg had to take a picture.