Futtock Feast!!

In late November a quiet yet significant event took place in the duPont Preservation Shipyard. Led by lead shipwright Rob Whalan, the shipwright team and all the other contributors to the Charles W. Morgan restoration gathered together for a barbeque featuring Whalan’s Deep Fried Turkey and Rigger’s Ribs, as well as unique delectables from countless […]

Thank you, Members!

During this Thanksgiving season, I extend a hearty “thank you” to each and every one of you….16,500 strong……for being a member of Mystic Seaport! Thank goodness for email, as it would take a long time to see each of you personally! Your membership helps to sustain the institution, and your numbers give us confidence to […]


Following a busy summer, Mystic Seaport was honored recently to host a large group of visitors from the sanctuary program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries manages thirteen sanctuaries encompassing more than 150,000 square miles of U.S. ocean and Great Lakes waters. Representatives from these various sanctuaries, […]

Our sea legs are looking good!! Yours?

Since the kick off of our new “Earn Your Sea Legs” marketing campaign, thousands of visitors, young and old, have visited the Museum to participate in any number of opportunities throughout campus to do just that — earn their sea legs. Have you noticed the bumper stickers around town? These days as members and new […]

15 trucks of wood and the best place to spend a summer day!

Before you “turn the page” to another article, I just have to ask you a question: have you been to the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard lately? I mean, have you really spent some time there? These days, as the restoration project gathers even more momentum, visitors will find the Shipyard just abuzz with activity. […]

Strategic Planning

Every institution and its community of people depend upon a clear mission that brings clarity of purpose to its constituents and distinguishes it from other organizations. It becomes the active spirit of the institution that guides policy making and program decisions. There is no doubt that Mystic Seaport has been guided well over the years […]

Boats and Water

Mystic Seaport represents many things to its 17,000 members and 275,000 visitors, but I suspect that there are two predominant elements that define us to most: boats and water…and we have an abundance of both!

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Our new exhibit TUGS! officially opened amid a day of special events on May 22 as part of TUGS! Blast Weekend. It was a fitting tribute to tugboats and to the companies that manage the versatile and important vessels world-wide. I hope that you’ll have a chance to visit the exhibit first hand, and if […]

Dress Rehearsal for Summer

The month of May means so many things at Mystic Seaport–from warmer days and flowering gardens at the outset, to the Lobster Days on Memorial Day Weekend hosted by the Rotary. In many respects May is the dress rehearsal for summer, and it’s also the first month of our new fiscal year. Starting the year […]

Sailing the Morgan

INSPIRATION! Mystic Seaport believes that inspiration should be at the very core of important museum work, and that applies to staff, scholars and visitors alike. These days nothing provides more pure inspiration than the Charles W. Morgan herself. Over the past several months, the Museum, as well as its members and guests, has been abuzz with excited conversation regarding the prospect of the Charles W. Morgan going to sea again post-restoration.