President’s Letters

Morris Rosenfeld on the job in 1938. ©Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection, Charles Edwin Bolles, photographer.

The Power of Photography

If you know Mystic Seaport, you know the Rosenfeld Collection…perhaps the finest photography collection of any kind, but certainly the finest maritime.

Barclay Collins speaking at the annual Members' Meeting on September 27.

Changing of the Guard

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.

Steve White presenting Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy with a Morgan trunnel at a press conference in Hartford announcing the academic year 2013-14 as the “Year of the Charles W. Morgan.”

Back to School

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.

The 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan on the Museum's shiplift awaiting her launch.

The Launch and NEH Grants

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.

The Charles W. Morgan was rolled out onto the Museum's shiplift on Wednesday, June 25.

A National Project

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.

The first Civil War Naval Encampment at Mystic Seaport took place June 1-2, 2013.

Thank you, Members.

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.

Shipyard staff member Sean Patrick Kelly drives the final golden spike on the shutter plank. May 10, 2013

The Shutter Plank

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.

Each member of the shipyard crew working on the restoration has signed the MORGAN's shutter plank.

The Anticipation Builds

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.

Blooming witch hazel, the first sign of spring at Mystic Seaport, in front of the Treworgy Planetarium.

Ready for Spring!

Yes, spring is near, although the stormy month of February closed with yet more wild weather; fortunately this time just rain and wind.

Whaleboat builders pose for a photo in front of the Morgan. Front Row: Dana Hewson; Graham McKay, Lowell’s Boat Shop; Nat Benjamin, Gannon & Benjamin; Bill Sauerbrey, Beetle Cat Boat Shop (former Mystic Seaport staff); Manny Palomo, Beetle; Geoff McKonly, Rocking the Boat; Evelyn Ansel.
Back Row: Howell Crim, Alexandria Seaport Foundation; Matthew Stackpole; Bill Womack, Beetle; Bruce Mackenzie, Independence Seaport Museum; Quentin Snediker; Walter Ansel.

The Countdown Begins

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.