With a River Room jam-packed with milestone members and Mystic Seaport staff and friends, on September 27 the Members’ Annual Meeting elected the slate of trustees and witnessed the change of leadership from Chairman Richard Vietor to new Chairman J. Barclay Collins II.
September first and Labor Day always trigger that “back to school” response at the end of summer, but while indeed school children head back to their classrooms the summer remains in full force at Mystic Seaport.
According to Ric Burns, it was “the first totally good thing I’ve been to in 10 years” as he opened his keynote address at the launch on July 21.
It was a grand sight to see the Charles W. Morgan move for the first time in more than four years as the Shipyard staff eased her out onto the lift dock in preparation for her launch.
There is no better time to be a member of Mystic Seaport! June is traditionally one of our busiest months and this year is certainly no exception.
It seems like just yesterday that we were all gathered next to the Charles W. Morgan to witness the first new plank be bent onto the hull.
Over my four-plus years at Mystic Seaport, my experiences have been filled with a vast number of firsts. There has been so much to see, so much to experience, so much to learn. On May 10, I’ll add another to the list: the Morgan’s shutter plank.
Yes, spring is near, although the stormy month of February closed with yet more wild weather; fortunately this time just rain and wind.
It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since the Charles W. Morgan was hauled in 2008, but here we are less than six months away from her historic launch.
There is much to look forward to in 2013 at Mystic Seaport, but now is the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of so many throughout the past year.