American Locations 14 – Mystic, Connecticut

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

Driving south on I-95 from Boston through Rhode Island into Connecticut, we arrived at Mystic, on the coast.

You always see people fishing wherever you go on the New England coast.

Just like you always see plenty of sandy beaches, but hardly anyone ever in the water.

And always a lighthouse.

Like every other coastal city in New England, there is a marina. But the reason we visited Mystic was to see the Mystic Seaport Museum. That’s it across the harbor to the right.

A closer view.

And even closer.

There’s a big anchor to greet you at the entrance.

And plenty of other anchors around.

Did I mention anchors?

See that sign in the previous photo on the red barn in back? H. B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard? This is a working museum where historic ships are restored and repaired, often in the old-fashioned way they were built centuries ago.

Here is one they were working on while we were there.

Here is rope being made the way it was done in the 1800’s. See that heavy rope looped around at the bottom left? This is the machine used to weave it.

There were other old buildings you could walk around and see.

And this recreation of the 19th century waterfront at Mystic.

They had their own lighthouse.

Check out all the old-fashioned wooden lobster traps stacked up here.

We could go inside some buildings, such as this doctor’s office.

And this church.

But the main attraction of the place is the ships.

There were historical interpreters explaining things to landlubbers.

And we were allowed to board one tall ship. This ship had 2 wheels.

Notice the rope wrapped around them. I assume it is connected to the rudder.

And the head.

It always amazes me that they had open fires on these old wooden ships. I guess they had to cook their food somehow despite the fire hazard.

What they used to pull up and lower the anchor.

If you are wondering what that woman seated to the left is looking at in the previous picture, they were giving a demonstration of how the sails were unfurled.

From this angle it’s hard to tell, but that’s 2 women up there. As you can see, no fall protection or harnesses.

Sailors needed to be sure-footed and not afraid of heights. I’m sure at times those ropes they are standing on would have been wet and slick, and the wind would have been blowing hard at times, and if the sea was rough the boat would have been pitching all over the place, swinging the sailors up there around and jerking them pretty hard. I’m sure it was fun.

After walking around all day it was good to find a place to sit.

Late that afternoon we drove north to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Norwich, Connecticut.

We were exhausted and hungry. We didn’t do much gambling, but we had a good buffet and a great room to crash in for the night.

Next Location – North of Boston

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