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Mystic Seaport Deck Prism: In the days before electricity, light below a vessel’s deck was provided by candles, oil and kerosene lamps, all dangerous aboard a wooden ship. A clever solution for the lighting problem was the deck prism. Laid flush into the deck, small conical prisms drew light down below the decks without weakening the deck planks. Our deck prisms are a reproduction of an original prism found aboard the whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

Mystic Seaport’s shops are a destination in and of themselves. At the Museum Store, just outside the Museum’s main entrance, you’ll find more than 8,300 square feet and two floors filled with reproductions from our collections, select photography from the Rosenfeld Collection, unique seafaring gifts, toys, model ships, prints and posters. Upstairs, our bookstore offers more than 90 of Mystic Seaport’s published titles, as well as rare volumes and one of the nation’s most complete selection of maritime books. Next door, step inside the the Maritime Gallery, the nation’s foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models. And after your visit, browse and shop Mystic Seaport stores online from the comfort of your own home.