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Berthed at Mystic Seaport Museum

by SV Crystal Blues 20 Aug 2018 10:59 UTC
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Good (bad?) news like this is handed out on paper flyers here at Mystic Seaport Museum, in Connecticut, printed here using a very old press. The Admiral and I visited the museum back in 1995, before we adopted Crystal Blues. Now it's great to be able to sail in here and stay for a weekend - Crystal Blues is tied to the wharf among a dozen or so visiting vessels.

The museum is huge, probably the best working maritime history museum in the world. Dozens of working vessels, many in operation each day, including the last wooden whaling ship the Charles W. Morgan. This vessel has undergone a massive multi-year refit and is in great condition.

On the site is a complete New England maritime village of the 1850's, with all the various trades and services represented. This weekend the museum events included a special display of antique marine engines, with enthusiasts setting up their working engines and the museum operating a dozen or so steam engines (using real steam, not compressed air) - my father would have loved it. Earlier this evening there was live music on the common - by 6:00pm I was talking to the guitarist and by 6:30pm we were performing together - what a joy. Live music rocks! Even better when you're invited back to play again next week...

Exploring the entire museum has taken us two full days, however tomorrow we can move on. If the weather holds, tomorrow we'll head for Block Island, as a stepping stone to reach Cuttyhunk and eventually Martha's Vineyard.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of SV Crystal Blues.

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