Day 119 Mystic River CT

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Setting for the movie with Julia Roberts

Decided to see more of Mystic especially the Seaport Museum. It is an Upper Canada Village meets ships. Fabulous place. We spent the afternoon but it wasn’t nearly long enough. Apart from coopers, blacksmiths, etc. there are several old ships. The most delightful was the whaling ship built in 1841 and is the oldest still floating merchant ship in the US. After its restoration a few years ago it was once again taken out sailing, the first time in 90 years! It has lots of information on-board and demonstrations like taking the sails in at the end of the day. Will make a point of going there again.

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Anchor dropping demonstrator
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The 1841 whaling ship









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harpoons and blubber cutting tools
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Captain’s quarters
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Crews’ quarters









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Oven for reducing the blubber to oil for storing in barrels
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Pots for blubber








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Ship’s wheel attached directly to the rudder
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Taking in the sails – a harbour furl





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