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    As I always try to promote Mystic Seaport, there are other things to see and do in the area.

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    So now you can come to a top notch museum and a top notch restaurant too.

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    July 7, 2022

    Today we did cleaning.

    There is a lot of work that Fire Fighter needs, but there is a lack of manpower and money. I would love to take apart a monitor and replace the gaskets, or what ever they need, but there are only three if us and these things are really heavy more complicated than they seem.

    They all seem to leak like this.




    So, we swept and mopped the "Gold Room" where the monitor nozzles and parts were kept and the did the same in the wheel house.

    First, take everything off the floor.



    Then sweep and vacuum.





    I mopped alone on all four. Ho hum.

    While mopping on the bridge, Mystic stuff was going on out side.

    Wanna start a conspiracy?

    Why are Coast Guard cadets learning how to throw a harpoon?



    I wouldn't want to be this guys target. He was really too eager.






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    Looking up from the deck looks like we're about to collide.



    Out the starboard window a beautiful yacht is leaving.





    Since all we had to mop with was one rag and on all fours, I mopped, Wayne went home, and Jake seemed happy enough to polish the forward monitor on the upper deck.

    Lunch first.

    On the way back, I walked up to the shipyard.

    Sabino is now getting her forward garboards replaced.





    Jake was out there all day on this, but the polish was working well so he seemed happy to do it.





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    Getting there.



    Just a little more.





    Charlie has a two part clear coat the he says works great. So we wrapped it up for him for tomorrow.





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    July 14, 2022

    Jake continued polishing the upper, forward monitor.



    It's starting to look really good.

    Charlie wants to wait for better conditions to apply a two part clear coat. The conditions he would like are, cool, cloudy, and low humidity.

    Good luck on that in July and August.



    In the shipyard, Sabino's repairs get more extensive.

    The forward part of the keel had trouble so it will be replaced.





    The City of New London is paying teens to work in several places around the area, Mystic Seaport being one of those places.

    I worked with Lance and Grey (Gray? I didn't ask) Both are fifteen and really great guys.

    Lance is a hands on kind of guy and wants to follow his Dad and become a welder. Right now, he is polishing Fire Fighter.





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    Grey and I gave tours on board. He followed and listened and after a short while I pointed at him to explain a few things to our guests. He did quite well.

    As the day went on I gave him more and more time talking. For the last tour, there were two many people.

    So I talked with our guests and explained that six of them that were going to go with Grey and I would take the rest. I explained that Grey was new and while he knew quite a bit, I asked the guests to help him by asking questions.

    Then he and his group went below and my group went to the bridge.

    It must have gone well, no one complained.

    Then sitting here now as I type I realized we were so busy, I never took his picture.

    Well, almost.

    Walking back from lunch I took this of both of them. Grey is on the left.



    With guys like this, America's future is safe.


    We get all kinds of visitors. He sat there for a half hour.



    I couldn't resist this little charmer.



    Lastly, as I was leaving I found these two marine architects showing off their latest creations.







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    July 21, 2022

    Gerda III is out of the water.

    I know she needs a complete restoration, but I did not find out what was going to happen this time out.



    To my mostly uneducated eye, the hull looks in good shape. The copper looks solid.

    However, I do know that inside is a completely different matter and I have heard Howard say it's only a matter of time before it will be too late. Howard, as a Mystic volunteer, has taken Gerda III under his wing and is trying get it restored. It belongs to Museum of
    Jewish Heritage in New York. Mystic cares for her.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/explor...thouse-tender/







    Sabino work.



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    In the pole barn, the new keel is close to completion.

    The template is on the right.



    The shipwright told me that this piece will replace the last original part of the boat. I think I need to confirm that.



    The last original part of the boat on the right.



    Star is almost ready. But the New Haven Sharpie hasn't had much done in the last several months. (Or two or more years.)



    I heard thumping and found Sean caulking her deck on Star.



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    Walking over to Fire Fighter I found the sailing camp ready to go out.

    Colorful.



    Lance is getting ready to open Fire Fighter for tours. At the seaport, the blue and yellow flag indicates the exhibit is open and someone will be able to talk with you.



    During the day Lance will go into the engine room and clean.



    Gray, not spelled Grey as I spelled it last week, was going to help me give tours at 10:00. But before that, he and Ali, a new helper on board, neatened up the "gift shop."



    Jake decided to polish parts kept in the "Gold Room." That's the Gold Room door just behind him.



    The Gold Room is where all the monitor hardware parts are kept. Why it was called the gold room will be evident in a moment.




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    Back in the "day" there would have been time between fires. Firemen would use this "Free time" to maintain the boat and all the equipment including polishing the brass parts to a beautiful shine.

    Gold Room sounds better that Brass Room.



    Ali and Jake press on.



    Ali loves this job.





    Gray and I started giving tours.



    He's talking to visitors at the engineering station.





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    Usually the tours end up here on the upper deck. There are five monitors to look at.

    They all need help, but this one works easily enough so this is the one to play with.



    These two came back to buy a tee shirt. They had been on my tour earlier.

    They had stopped at the toy boat workshop. This is a very popular stop where a child can build a toy boat. With simple pieces of wood and a hull shaped like a rowboat many creations are made.

    I have never seen a boat this big.



    They showed me a cell phone picture from a few years ago where she and her brother had built boats before.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/news/s...y-boat-armada/

    She sure got her $5.00 worth.

    On my way out, I passed the Playscapes playground.



    There's gold in them thar nozzles.



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    July 28, 2022

    Catherine has arrived.



    This boat has a special place in my heart. A very dear friend's grandfather had the Catherine Wedmore built in Mystic in 1925.

    Chauncey (Chan) Wedmore was a long time oyster-man from the City Point region of New Haven. It's located on the west bank of New Haven Harbor.

    My friend Charlie and I were at Mystic seaport years ago and he pointed at the Thomas Oyster House and he said in amazement, "Wow, that was right next to Chan's oyster company!"

    If you go inside there you can see a copy of the map of licensed oyster beds used by area oyster-men. Chan's grounds are there as well as Wayne's great uncle's oyster beds. Wayne's great uncle's name was Rowe. (In case you go to look.)

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/explor.../oyster-house/

    Charlie was on board Catherine with his grandfather many times. He described using a short piece of rope lit with fuel oil. Then put it into the top of the cylinder to start the engine. This is the same way Nate starts the Wolverine engine on display in the shipyard.

    Catherine is in for some work to be done. Exactly what, we'll have to see. She's 97 years old.

    As for me, same old, same old. I gave tours all day while Jake polished brass.





    It's very impressive when done.

    Aly and Lance polished another monitor.



    It's in the details.





    Wayne is going to do tours on Saturday.

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    From on top you can see a lot.

    This coupe were just sitting there while nothing was going on.



    There are many groups visiting all the time.



    Someone from the seaport is leading.I can tell by the blue shirt and orange strap with her seaport badge.


    Wayne, Jake, Barbara, Steve, and I had lunch under the trees by the "Performance Stage" and the Morgan.

    The performance stage is where they put on small skits throughout the summer. When we arrived a banjo player was just finishing up with a few songs. He was gone before I could take a picture.

    His audience left and we had the cool breeze and shade to our selves.



    Turning a bit to the right and a couple of guest boats are docked.



    Right there is where I am supposed to be in two weeks.

    A little more to the right.



    Hmm, what's that out on the water?



    I have no idea, but out there is where the sailing school takes place.

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    On the way back I stopped to go aboard the Morgan.

    Just routine maintenance.



    I'm not sure what we saw being lifted aboard earlier, but it looks like the blubber hook and it's lines were restored. The paint was perfect and the line was new.



    So, back to my next tour.



    And Jake continues to polish.



    More polishing and tours next week.


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    August 4, 2022

    It may not look like much has been done on Catherine, but there was.



    When she arrived last week, she brought no graving plan. In order to haul her out, she needs to sit in a cradle that matches her hull, especially the contour shape of her keel.

    During the week she was pushed into the ship lift and a cradle was raised up to "almost" contact her keel. The divers went down and took measurements so the keel can be properly blocked.

    Haul out is scheduled for next week.

    The Sabino's keel is a slow build. He's been at it for a couple of weeks. Slow but sure.





    Over on Australia Beach, a launching was going on.



    A Woods Hole Spritsail Boat was being launched after an eight year restoration.

    Eight years?

    Well many people and many locations were used and most of those eight years, nothing was going on. Part of it was done in the pole barn where Sabino's keel is now. Then it went up to Maine for a boat school and then back to Mystic. Lots of hands, all skilled by the look of it.



    Scott gave a speech.





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    They all had a hand in it.



    Time to crack open the champagne. Well, she's a working boat so this time it was the champagne of beers, Miller High Life.

    Ann did the honors.



    And no, there was no broken glass on the beach and no damage to the boat. Just a gentle pour did the trick.

    A look inside before the launch.







    A quick paddle to the dock where she will be rigged this afternoon.




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    Oh yes, the trailer.



    Walking over to Fire Fighter I noticed a sign I had not seen before. It was about the fire house that has been standing on duty for many years.



    Inside is the fire wagon and pump.

    I've seen it many times, but now the sign tells me it's from Block Island.








    Going through the usual stuff on Fire Fighter.

    Putting up the bell.



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    Gray setting up the tour times.



    Jim is working on reinstalling one of the big lights on the stern.



    It was a hot day. People still came, but it was quiet.



    Charlie, Aly, and Gray, coming back from lunch.



    Later, I was giving a tour and found Aly had found a job to do.

    She's sitting on the intake air manifold on the port engine. She is working on the part that feeds air into the supercharger.

    She's a real hoot.



    The last part of a tour is on the upper deck and I looked down to see the next tour lining up.



    But it was time for me to go home. Charlie had to take this one.

    I try to get home on time, but on I-95 through New Haven, I never know.

    It takes an hour in the morning to get there and usually it's an hour and a half to two hours to get home.

    Next week will be better. I'll be there on my boat, about a 100 feet from Fire Fighter. I plan on being there for three weeks.

    Stop by and say hi.

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    August 6, 2022

    This past Saturday I escorted a team of swimmers across Long Island Sound. This marks my 23rd year doing it for St Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT.

    My team called Survivors, raised $25,192 to be used for cancer care in the area. They cover things insurance normally will not. Things like wigs, free mammographies, cab fare to appointments on a needed basis. Stupid but needed stuff that is expensive for people without who have on normal means at the time. It's tough to work when you're sick with chemo.

    My team, Survivors.



    To say it was a hot day was understated. It was really hot, really humid, no wind and all that flat water reflecting sunlight up into the bridge.

    Ugh!!!

    Well, they swam.



    Teresa, team captain and non swimmer this time around, learned how to steer a twin engine boat at idle.



    No wheel, just shift.



    As you might expect on a hot humid day, thunder storms appeared to be forming.



    But nothing came of it. Aside from the heat it was a perfect day.

    Finish line.



    How did we do?

    Don't ask.

    We did finish and all the other teams can say "We beat you!"

    So, that's done for another year.

    This afternoon I'm driving out to Mystic to leave my car. I'll take Amtrak home and tomorrow my wife and I are taking the boat out for a three week stay.

    https://swimacrossthesound.org/donate




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    August 11, 2022

    My wife and I are in Mystic on our boat. We arrived Tuesday after a 3 hour ride up Long Island Sound.

    Passing Falkner Island.



    It's sort of a milestone in that it's about half way for our trip.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkner_Island

    After arriving at the seaport------



    We just missed the storms that went north of us.



    This morning I heard Scott outside with a fork lift moving the three cannons that have been on display for decades. The seaport always tries to be politically sensitive to all people. It was deemed that the cannons should not point out over the river. The problem is that in 1637 John Mason attacked a Pequot fort which was located on the hill on the other side of the Mystic River. It was supposedly a massacre of mostly women, children, and old men. The younger men of the tribe were out on a raiding party at the time.

    An interesting yet sad time.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_M...%E2%80%931672)



    After I helped Scott turn the guns away from the river I met my four guests for the day.

    Dan, AKA Diesel Dan, rebuilt my engines this winter. I invited him, his brother, and two friends to come out to see the engines at the seaport.



    Dan is third from the left.

    So we toured.

    On board Fire Fighter.



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    A look at the steering gear.



    We found Aly doing some paint scraping on top of the engine.



    She is enthusiastic about doing a good job.



    A look at the Atlas engine.



    And then up to the mill where the bulk of the engines are stored.



    And the small boats not on display.



    Great guys. I hope I can get them to come out and do a little volunteering.

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    The guys left for home and I walked back into the grounds and found these small boat builders.

    I took the picture because this is the first time I have ever seen a visitor build a pier along with boats.



    It broke apart as they held it up. There is not supposed to be a gap underneath.



    And usually you don't find boats on top of a pier.

    One last thing, the Sabino's new keel is in place.



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    August 17, 2022

    My wife and I have been enjoying our stay here at Mystic Seaport.

    We are on the new floating docks installed this summer. They are not yet complete, with plumbing and wiring yet to be finished.

    The electricians are pulling the cables through under the docks.



    Yet the docks are full. There is power and water, just not directly on the docks at this moment.

    I do feel just a bit intimidated by all the much bigger boats. That's me in the center with the blue hull.





    Hmm.

    We have been doing day trips. I drove out the day before and took Amtrak home, so we would have a car here.

    Today we went to the Lyman Art Museum.

    https://www.lymanallyn.org/

    We had been before, but museums rotate their displays so there's always something new to see.



    Most of the art relates to the New London/Mystic area.

    Just some random pictures.





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    You like modern? They have modern too.



    And not so modern.










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    I found this to be very interesting.

    They have a collection of old doll house items and in the sixties someone built this doll house like display.



    This I found fascinating.

    This is on a bureau in one of the rooms.



    Look at the the fine detail.

    It looks about two inches tall.



    Cheers, from Mystic.





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    August 17, 2022, More tonight.

    Tonight was the annual employee-volunteer thank you dinner.

    Dinner sounds a bit formal. The seaport hires food trucks.

    Great food.

    Tacos, pizza, hot dogs, wine, oysters, soda, and ice cream.





    Oh, and live music.







    The oysters.



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