A Day in My Life: Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

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1) These are more snapshots from my research trip in October. Mystic Seaport has a wonderful living history museum—historic ships and a 19th-century village. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area! 2) The Charles W. Morgan is the only wooden whaling ship left in the world! Built in 1841, the ship sailed on 37 voyages. 3) The on-ship “factory.” This is how they cooked down the whale’s blubber. 4) The harbor of Mystic Seaport.

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Here are more shots of the boat. 1) The Captain’s quarters. 2) The deck of the Charles W. Morgan. 3) The dining table/ chatroom/ everything else. 4) I tried to get some pictures of how small the Captain’s quarters were—so compact!

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1) The crew would chase the harpooned whale in this small boat. Ever heard of a Nantucket sleigh ride? This is it… 2) They would use oakum as caulking between deck boards.

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1) A blacksmith shop. Critically important job, along with the cooper (barrel maker). See the harpoons? 2) Sleeping quarters for the sailors in the forecastle. They had high-edged bunks so they didn’t fall out when the ship lurched and rolled.  3) Little bottle of amber colored whale oil in the back of this picture. 4 & 5) Some of the ways to navigate the ocean: chronometer and sextants.

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Kathleen Berman says:

    Some nice used book stores and book barns not too far from Mystic. If I remember correctly Santa comes to Mystic village by boat Thanksgiving weekend.

  2. Gail says:

    I have hopes to visit Mystic Seaport one day. So much maritime history. 🙂