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The Mallory exhibit buildings commemorate five generations of the Mallorys engaged in maritime commerce. The first Charles Mallory, born in Waterford, Connecticut, in 1795, had just finished his apprenticeship as a sailmaker and was headed for Boston in 1816 when he stopped in Mystic, found work here, and decided to settle. He established a sail loft, prospered, and invested his profits in sealing and whaling ships. Eventually he became a prominent shipbuilder and shipowner. His son, Charles H. Mallory, went to sea and served as captain of several of his father’s vessels. He too, bought a shipyard on the banks of the Mystic River and became involved in an important coastal steamship line operating between New York and Texas. He was also a prominent sailor in the early years of American yachting. C.H. Mallory’s shipping and yachting interests were passed on to his son, Henry Rogers Mallory, and to his grandson, Clifford Day Mallory. Clifford D. Mallory was the president of Mystic Seaport from 1937 until his death in 1941. Upon his brother’s death, Philip R. Mallory became president of the board of Mystic Seaport, and later Clifford D. Mallory Jr. served in that position. Clifford’s son Charles is now a trustee of the Museum.
The C.D. Mallory Building was dedicated in 1948. The P.R. Mallory Wing was added in 1969 and serves as changing exhibit space.
Clifford D. Mallory Jr. Circle
Once the site of the Greenman brothers’ wooden textile mill, this circle was created in the 1930s when the entire Museum was housed in the three brick buildings around it. The circle is dedicated to the memory of a lifelong friend and longtime trustee of the Museum.
The 7,000-pound anchor displayed in the circle was salvaged off Newport, Rhode Island. Its size and shape match British Admiralty specifications for a bower anchor of a 74-gun ship of the line during the American Revolution and War of 1812. It was probably lost by one of the British warships that blockaded Newport during the Revolutionary War. The wooden stock was reproduced at Mystic Seaport.
Carried on the bow as their name suggests, bower anchors were a ship’s largest. By tradition the starboard (right) anchor was called the best bower. The port anchor was called the small bower even though it was usually the same size.