Monday, August 31, 2020


Mystic, CT  2020

The Florence is a western rigged dragger built in 1926, not far from the seaport.  Mystic Seaport has an active shipyard and has restored many ships, including the Mayflower II,  the subject of previous posts in this blog.  With that project done, work can focus on the restoration and maintainence of the Seaport's collection.  One feature of the shipyard is a lift dock, capable of lifting any of the ships currently on display at the Seaport.  

Sunday, August 30, 2020


Mystic, CT  2020

The seaport is often a destination for ships to visit, so one never knows who might be visiting on any given day.  The Argo is a two-masted staysail schooner built to accommodate 26 student crew and seven professional staff.  Launched in 2006, she's 112 feet long and weighs 148 tons.  She is operated by a university program that takes students around the world while studying nautical and marine sciences. Sounds like a great way to spend a college semester. 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Model Engines

Mystic, CT  2020

Missing from this year's expo were the steam powered engines, which normally would be shown operating  with live steam.  These model engines were being run on compressed air. 

Friday, August 28, 2020


Mystic, CT  2020

"The motor with the bore AND stroke".  Not the biggest engine on display, but I happened to wander by when it was fired up.

Thursday, August 27, 2020


Mystic, CT  2020 

This engine gets my prize for the best looking antique marine engine on display.  

Monday, August 24, 2020

Antique Marine Engines

Mystic CT,  2020 

This year's Antique Marine Engine Expo at Mystic Seaport was somewhat limited due to the coronavirus. The number of exhibitors were down as was their displays.  The seaport has been open all summer, but under strict guidelines limiting the number of people on the grounds.  Everyone must wear a mask.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Austin Healey's

Mystic, CT  2020

As I entered Mystic Seaport recently to look at their antique marine engine displays I was a little too late to see a bunch of Austin Healey autos which had gathered.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Jordan Schoolhouse ca 1740

Waterford, CT  2020

This is the oldest surviving public building in the town of Waterford, CT.  It was moved to this location in 1972.

Sunday, August 16, 2020


Waterford, CT  2020

This looks like a well worn millstone, seen on the grounds of the Waterford Historical Society along with some displays of antique  farm implements.  The picture of the stone below hints at a purpose, but I'm not sure what its use might have been.  


Based on the shape and the channels in the stone, it might have been used to collect some sort of liquid product.  There were no signs nearby.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Mayflower II in New London

New London, CT  2020

After being completely restored at Mystic Seaport the Mayflower II, underwent sea trials over the last couple of weeks and was docked in New London.  She'll be heading back to Plymouth Plantation soon.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Douglas, MA  2020

Obviously the work of human hands.  Could be the foundation of an old sawmill or gristmill.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Quarry Remains

Douglas, MA  2020

The New England area is dotted with a number of abandoned quarries.  This particular area in the Douglas State Forest in Massachusetts was worked between 1893-1906.  The quarry was abandoned when it ran out of high quality granite.