September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013  Day 131  
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut

We stayed in port today and spent part of the day touring Mystic Seaport.  We visited many buildings in the 19th Century Seafaring village, seeing the small boat exhibits (Bill enjoyed seeing the 14’ Thompson similar to the one from his childhood); FDR’s small sailboat, Vireo; the shipcarver’s shop, the chapel, boat sheds, displays of figureheads, paintings, scrimshaw, and much more. We were impressed with the many hands-on learning activities here for children.

We also toured the Charles W. Morgan, a 105 ft. wooden whaling ship built in 1841.  Although it is currently undergoing an extensive restoration, we were able to walk through much of it. It will be launched again in the spring of 2014.  We have barely begun to see everything here and will see more over the next two days.  There are more ships to tour and many more exhibits to see!

The weather is beautiful – sunny and low 70’s – perfect for just walking around.  The leaves are just starting to turn and we are enjoying being outside.
The Joseph Conrad, built in 1882

Tomorrow we hope to rent a car to run errands and do more sightseeing over the next two days.