President’s Letters

A 70th Anniversary for the Charles W. Morgan

Mark your calendars… where will you be for the first week of November? Mystic Seaport and Mystic, CT of course! In just one month’s time we’ll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Charles W. Morgan coming up-river to Mystic Seaport with a full week of activities at the Museum and in Mystic to mark this […]

Irene – August 28, 2011

We weathered the storm beautifully; but the ramifications are not insignificant! The piece I had written for this space had originally – before Irene‘s visit – been about prolonging what has been a fast and successful summer season. I intended to declare “two more months of summer” (having seen my shadow on the deck of […]

Where do you get your inspiration?

“To inspire” is a key element of the Mystic Seaport Mission Statement. On the one hand, that element of our mission is easy to fulfill since for me there is inspiration all around us here on the grounds of Mystic Seaport. It’s palpable. On the other, we rarely know just how “inspired” a visitor has […]

Best In Show!

The reviews of the 2011 WoodenBoat Show are in, and it’s 10′s across the board! Attendance numbers were great (highest numbers of attendees since 1997 and the best Sunday ever) and exhibitors and visitors alike expounded about the diversity of the boats on land, boats in the water, demonstrations, and the increased number of exhibitors. […]

900 HANDS!

Imagine 450 volunteers showing up at the front door of your home within a span of eight days ready to tackle whatever needs the greatest attention: painting, gardening, docks, cataloging, collection care, boat preparation, “attic” cleaning, filing, and the like. That’s what Mystic Seaport experienced in early May, thanks to our PILOTS and the Tourism […]

November 8, 1941: Where were you?

Perhaps you were you on the banks of the Mystic River in Noank; or downtown Mystic at the drawbridge; or better yet in a small craft in the Mystic River witnessing the arrival of the Charles W. Morgan on November 8, 1941. I cannot claim to have been in any of those places, but if […]

A Major Mover In The Rowing World

Last month, Mystic Seaport lost a great friend and collaborator with the passing of William “Hart” Hartwell Perry, Jr. As coach, advisor, and administrator, Hart was one of a kind. Through his work as Executive Director of the National Rowing Foundation, Hart lead the effort to establish the Rowing Hall of Fame here at Mystic […]

Nantucket Triangle

Move over Bermuda, there is a new triangle at sea to talk about. As you have undoubtedly heard (or read about) by now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) recently announced that they had positively identified the wreck of the Nantucket whaleship, the TWO BROTHERS. What’s left of […]

Best in Class

Like most of you, I have known some great sailors over the years – sailed with (and against) many, cruised with some, and witnessed the performance of scores of others. We have read the accounts of those who have overcome the challenges and forces of nature, as well as those who have ventured to sea […]

3 Queens in New York!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this newsletter finds all of you well and fully recovered from the holiday and New Year festivities. I suspect your thoughts are drifting more towards skiing and other winter activities, but I would love to bring you back to our maritime focus. The winter months are great ones for […]