Ships & Boats

From the world’s last wooden whaleship, the CHARLES W. MORGAN, to the last example of early 20th-century New England fishing vessels, the L.A. DUNTON, these vessels offer a glimpse of long-past seafaring days. And don’t miss the small boats!

1994 - Emma C. Berry designated a National Historic Landmark.

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EMMA C. BERRY: Noank Smack

One of the oldest surviving commercial vessels in America, the Emma C. Berry slid down the ways in June 1866 into the Mystic River at Noank, two miles south of Mystic at the mouth of the river.

Joseph Conrad

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JOSEPH CONRAD: Full-Rigged Ship

The veteran training ship Joseph Conrad sailed under three flags before mooring permanently at Mystic Seaport in 1947. Built in Copenhagen in 1882, the 111-foot vessel was designed to accommodate training for the Danish merchant service.

Take a downriver cruise aboard our 1908 steamboat SABINO.

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SABINO: Steamboat

Built in 1908 in East Boothbay, Maine, steamboat SABINO is the oldest wooden, coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the U.S.


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Sentinels of the Sea — Lighthouses

Mystic Seaport’s replica of Nantucket’s Brant Point Light now proudly houses Sentinels of the Sea, a multimedia exhibition recounting the history and diversity of lighthouses from around the country.


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Small Boats

Selected from the many examples in the Museum’s watercraft collection, this exhibit shows the variety of traditional catboats.

Morgan trunnel

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Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard

Witness the art of wooden shipbuilding in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, an awe-inspiring opportunity to watch skilled craftspeople perform skills made nearly extinct by steel and fiberglass.