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Safe at Sea: Mystic seaport

August 22, 2018
By BOB EIDSVOLD , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

(Editor's Note: This is part III of a four-part series about U.S. land destinations focusing on maritime history. For the previously published segments, visit online at

As our friends and neighbors have been traveling north to visit family and friends during the summer, it would not be surprising if they found others from our Sanibel-Captiva contingent of America's Boating Club walking the grounds of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.

This world-renowned family-friendly museum is said to be America's largest maritime museum. It has hands-on featured activities, along with special events during the summer's course. In short, the museum is fun for folks of all ages!

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The vessel, Charles W. Morgan, resides here at Mystic, displayed as the last wooden whale hunting ship. Visitors may climb aboard displayed tall ships, as well. There is a planetarium, along with various exhibits, a working shipyard and 19th century gardens. The museum attracts both sailors and landlubbers.

The museum invites people to register for classes designed for students of all ages to design and build boats. We note that even classes on blacksmithing are available! And through the Treworgy Planetarium, classes or workshops on celestial navigation are presented by professional instructors.

One may sharpen music of the sea skills with music instruction or learn early sea faring with hands-on experience aboard the museum's historic vessels. If one steps inside the 1768 Buckingham-Hall House, one may learn the art of open hearth cooking as knowledgeable cooks guide you through the preparation of a 19th century meal.

As we researched the Mystic Seaport Museum, we noted online samples of historic documents and literature that held our interest even as we are not able to visit this interesting place ourselves in the next year. You, the reader, might enjoy an online tour of Mystic when you have a few spare moments this week while you remain right here in Southwest Florida.

Bob Eidsvold is a member of America's Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva. For more information, contact 239-985-9472 or or visit online at



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