President’s Letters

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.

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.”

The Stage is Set

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.

Happy holidays from Mystic Seaport!

Season’s Greetings!

I’d like to add my holiday cheer to all our members and friends.

Mystic Seaport staff preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Giving Thanks

I’m glad to report that Hurricane Sandy’s arrival brought with it impressive winds and surge, but our staff’s response was once again exemplary.

Alexandra Alpert, Director of Membership and Volunteer Services, led the recognition of milestone members at the annual meeting.

Annual Meeting of Members

On September 21, Mystic Seaport held the 83rd Annual Meeting of Members, which is an opportunity for our members to hear reports on the state of Museum and to celebrate the milestone years of longtime members.

Autumn at Mystic Seaport

Fall is Our Second Summer

As I have said before, fall is a second summer for Mystic Seaport. The grounds are just as active and engaged, and we do not disappoint.


An Election

Since early May, the management team at Mystic Seaport has been dealing with an effort by some of our employees to unionize through the AFT Connecticut.