Sunday, August 29, 2021


Mystic, CT  2021

Housed in an old velvet mill, the Mystic Seaport Collection Research Center is home to over two million examples of maritime art, artifacts, tools, buildings, imprints and other documents.  Also stored here are hundreds of historic boats.  Researchers can make an appointment to visit the CRC, but during the Wooden Boat Show weekend, it was open to the public.  These boats are for research purposes only, and are not displayed.  I spent a good amount of time wandering amongst the boats, all catalogued and organized.  I hope to give some sense of what can seen here in the next few posts.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

The Shallop Jane Stevens

Mystic, CT  2021

A shallop is a 17th century small coastal boat without a deck which can be sailed or rowed.  A boat similar to this replica was probably one of the first boats built by the colonists of Popham Colony in Maine in 1607.


Friday, August 27, 2021

Charles W Morgan

Mystic, CT  2021

The Morgan is the last wooden whaling ship in existence and has been pictured in this blog many times previously.  Currently it is out of the water undergoing  routine maintenance, scheduled for every 3 years.


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Rob and his Boat

Mystic, CT  2021

After a hiatus of one year, the annual Wooden Boat Show returned to Mystic Seaport.  The show was not as big as previous years, most likely due to Covid, but there were a number home-made wooden boats on display.  Pictured with his boat here is Robert Wallace, who told me it took him 20 years to build his boat.  That's a true labor of love.


Sunday, August 22, 2021


Mystic, CT  2021

 This is a Buzzard's Bay 12-1/2 sailboat designed by the legendary N.G Herreschoff and built by the Herreschoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, RI  in 1914.  There were 365 of these boats built of wood.  The were exceptionally seaworthy and were used to train sailors.

Saturday, August 14, 2021


New London, CT  2021

Please excuse the absence of posts this past week.  I'm migrating to a new Windows PC laptop after years of using an iMac.  I think I have things figured out on how to upload new pictures from an SD Card to my laptop, such that these pictures are added to my Apple Photos Library in iCloud making them available on all my Apple devices for editing.  I can do basic editing and return edited pictures to the laptop for posting here on the blog.  It's not ideal, and I hope it will be temporary as won't be able to use my trusty iMac for an indeterminate period of time.  This is my first attempt.  This tall ship, Peacemaker was recently docked in New London. 


Sunday, August 8, 2021

USS Hyman C Rickover, SSN-795

Groton, CT  2021

The USS Hyman C Rickover, SSN-795 is the latest submarine to bear the name of the "Father of the Nuclear Navy", Admiral Hyman C Rickover.  It was christened on July 31, outside of the General Dynamics' Electric Boar division in Groton, CT.  It's the latest submarine belonging the the Virginia Class,  of nuclear-powered, cruise missile fast attack submarines.  You don't get a chance to see these submarines out of the water that often.