Demonstrations & Performances

Since 1972, the historical interpreters at Mystic Seaport Museum have displayed a wide range of maritime skills and traditions. This is in line of what the Museum has always tried to uphold – the American maritime heritage. It is the interpreters that truly bring the Museum to life.

Listen as the Museum’s chantey singers perform music of the sea and shore. Watch as the demonstration squad work aloft on the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, do a whaleboat presentation, explain what the “Dead Horse Ceremony” and “Dogwatch” are all about, demonstrate how cargo was handled on a large vessel, how cod was fished on the Grand Banks, and – maybe the most fun of demonstrations – “Breeches Buoy,” how the U.S. Life-Saving Service rescued sailors from a ship in peril.

Museum visitors can also interact with costumed role players, who stroll the Museum grounds. The younger visitors can take part in a theatrical performance that depicts what it was like to be a young person at sea.