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Lighthouses, Cottages, Seals & Tales of Fishers Island Sound

April 7, 2018 - May 30, 2018

Captain Jack Spratt will present a survey of Fishers Island Sound from European settlement to the Hurricane of 1938. Topics will include: Island plantations, the sugar trade, slavery, wars, blockades, pirates and privateers, spindles, light vessels, lighthouses and lifesaving stations; prohibition, sailing ships and steamers, trains and electric trolleys; forts and fortifications, shipwrecks, great storms, grand seaside resorts, exclusive cottage colonies and the islands of the rich and famous.

Capt. Jack’s talk and tour is informative and entertaining. He calls upon his years running a tour boat out of Watch Hill, R.I., and utilizes his artifacts, extensive postcard, photographic, book and newspaper collections, as well as multiple museum and historical society resources.

The talk is one hour and is open to the public at no charge. Those signing up for the Encore  boat tour are encouraged to attend the talk but it is not required. The boat tour departs at 1:15 p.m. from the North Floats, returning to Mystic at 4 p.m. Encore is a repurposed 30-foot Mackenzie.