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    On the way home I stopped in the parking lot to see a couple of logs that arrived recently.

    They are red oak and came from the between the Mark Twain and the Harriet Beecher Stowe houses in Hartford, Connecticut.





    They are not really very good for marine use, but they're straight and clear. I'm sure they'll be put to good use.

    Just another thing to do on a visit to Connecticut and Mystic Seaport Museum!


    https://marktwainhouse.org/

    http://stowehousecincy.org/index.html




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    May 1, 2018

    May 1st was the unveiling of the new look for Mystic Seaport. So there will be no doubt about it, the new logo emphasizes that we are a museum.

    So from now on, we are Mystic seaport Museum.

    At 9:00 the official unveiling took place. With speeches and fanfare the new sign was unveiled.

    Mystic Seaport Museum President, Steve White talks with his back to the camera.











    All the other signs were revealed at this time.



    This is a real change from the old sign. Like it or not, there is no missing that you have arrived at Mystic Seaport Museum!


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    Another thing that changed yesterday was the addition of a new display in the Thompson Building. Displays are changed often so it's not the "same old" every time you come in.

    In this case, a 1968 Donzi went on display. It was donated to the museum last year and now you can see it.

    Yes, I know it's plastic, but it is beautifully restored to better than new.





    One of our engine crew volunteers once owned this boat. Jack is usually working on Wednesday so I don't often see him. I believe he sold it to the donor who had had it restored. Then it came to the seaport.

    It came through the side door loading dock and was sitting in the exhibit hall waiting for the glass doors to come off. With out the doors, there was 4" clearance. The Pingo exhibit is gone and one sign is the only trace left of that display.



    The glass company had a hard time getting the door down, but finally.....







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    If you come in the north entrance on Tuesday, you get to meet Barbara. Officially, she is an Ask Me volunteer. She gives visitors a synopsis of where to go and what to see.

    She looks happy at her job.

    She brought in the flowers because it was May Day.



    I am coming to the seaport by boat for the weekend of May 19/20. So yesterday I stopped by the marina registration booth to make a reservation.

    Hanging on the back wall is a toy boat built by a child and sadly left behind.

    Wonderful!



    There wasn't anything for Wayne and me to do, so we left early.

    Lastly, I would like to recommend another Wooden Boat thread. The videos of the restoration of Tally Ho are amazing.

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...-in-WA-(VIDEO)









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    May 10, 2018

    Spring is here and there's work to be done.

    Wayne and I took some fire hose, slit it lengthwise and installed it on a floating dock in the shipyard.



    This is a new dock and while the canvas hose isn't the best as a fender, it's better than nothing at all.





    Along side of us was Becca, working on Breck Marshal.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/breck-marshall/



    One dock over, the new Garvey, Volunteer, is going on a mission.








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    Volunteer has a job to do. These new floating docks need to go up river.





    Just before the launch of the floats, I found this boat sitting on a trailer.



    Later on the way to lunch we found her next to Liberty.



    There is nothing on the Mystic Seaport website about it and that's as far as I got with it. More later? I hope.

    This boat was on a shipyard dock early on and all I heard was that she is a donated boat. Now she's in front of Liberty.

    Pretty boat.



    After lunch another plank came out of the steam box.







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    Every board needs to be steamed. Even a gentle bend takes a lot of effort to install.



    New wood goes in, old wood comes out.

    This is an old futtock on the way down.



    The muscle is up top.










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    Up top, Greg is installing a new futtock that he made.



    Twist, taper, and all odd angles make this a complicated part to make. And it's one of several on Mayflower II.



    On both sides of the boat, this same piece is being trued for a scarf joint on the sheer clamp.



    Plane and check.



    Walt, on the other side, plane and check.






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    Is the Thompson building new? It's been eight years or so since I was last at the seaport.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    At the end of the day, I walked up to the Thompson Building to see what Ann had been up to all day.

    Next Saturday a new exhibit will open there and Anne has been helping to set up the display.



    The Vikings are coming, the Vikings are coming!!!

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locati...vikings-begin/

    This display is on loan from Gustavainum Museum in Uppsala, Sweden. The museum is part of Uppsala University and is Sweden's first university. It was started in 1477. The Gustavainum museum designed and built the displays and all our gang has to do is put it together.

    http://www.gustavianum.uu.se/gustavi...vikings-begin/

    This video the only thing that was working yesterday. It has to do with Viking women and their magical powers.



    The rest of the displays are empty right now and not completely finished.

    This is a replica of a Viking funeral boat. Originals must be scarce and too fragile to display around the world.



    I met Emma and she is a Seaport staff member who is also helping set it all up.



    It turns out , I was there, in Sweden.

    I was there and didn't know anything about the museum and the vikings so I missed it that time.

    I have a distant relative buried in this church. Uncle Olaus was born in 1624 and in 1681, he became Lutheran Archbishop of Sweden.




    He was my eight times, great uncle. He died in 1700.



    Well, now I don't have to go back, although I would love to. It's a beautiful country.

    I'm going to take a try at this. I hope it works. This is the address I have from a Google Maps showing the cathedral and the museum across the street.

    This is how close I was.

    https://www.google.se/maps/@59.85787...7i13312!8i6656



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    May 15, 2018

    Nate has the Norfolk Navy Yard Engine about ready to go.







    Nate has been making noise with his Engine, but he says it's not really started until it runs and you turn it off.

    Well, this might have been the time to see it run except for how it stopped. No damage, it was just a bit embarrassing.



    Sabino's year's supply of coal was delivered this morning. About 20 tons.



    How's this for odd wear? This is one of the pins that tie the floating docks together. It's about outlived its user life.





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    Both Wayne and Anne were away so I scraped the old finish off Mayflower II's masts. I didn't get very far, but...



    They appear to be in good shape except for the small area where some of the main mast had a problem. A Dutchman will fix the problem so a new mast is not needed. In the lower left you can see the holes drilled to check for damage.

    Naturally, visitors want to get involved. It makes a boring job a lot of fun.





    I met a man who is crew on a 59 foot (on deck) boat visiting the museum. As a very outgoing and enthusiastic man, while I was at lunch, he had other visitors scraping the masts.

    Stedman is a crew member on this late 1970's motor sailor.



    The owner, Rob, invited us aboard.



    This tells about the name and builder.



    The current name is Windsong.

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    She satisfies both words. (At least to my eyes.) Fiber glass hull and everything else is wood.

    Not really ready for visitors, Rob and Stedman are repairing the heating system. Look through the light clutter, and there is a beautiful boat.



    A single Ford Lehman engine pushes her along at 8 knots and about 1 1/4 gallons per hour. She holds 600 gallons of fuel. That's enough for an Atlantic crossing!

    All sorts of room below.



    This is Stedman. I hope I have the spelling right.



    In the galley are leaded glass doors. Now that's class!





    The great thing about boating is the people you meet. Rob and Stedman, thanks for your hospitality.




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    Responding to Rich Jones a few posts back, the Thompson Building is new, sort of. It opened in September of 2016.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/a-new-...r-exhibitions/

    I had been covering its construction as it went up.












    "It's been eight years or so since I was last at the seaport."

    Rich, you need to come back.



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    That is beautiful!
    Everyman carries within himself a world made up of all that he has seen and loved; and it is to this world that he returns incessantly, though he may pass through, and seem to inhabit, a world quite foreign to it.
    Chateau-Briand, Voyage en Italie.

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