But don’t fear, the Morganis back in business now and steady streams of curious visitors have done their cardio workout with a trek up the staircase to board the vessel. Seriously, with platform breaks along the way (offering great spots to enjoy spectacular views), it’s a piece of cake.
Eve, a Museum visitor from Massachusetts, marveled at the sheer size of the Morgan’s entire hull, now exposed for all to see. She and fellow mom, Laura, brought their young children to Mystic Seaport during February Vacation Week and were delighted that the Morgan was accessible. “Phenomenal,” was Laura’s comment following their tour with Museum interpreter, Barry Keenan.
The children had their own favorite impressions during their visit. Norah was fascinated with the deck prisms. The hole in the table where one of the Morgan’s masts normally protrudes caught the attention of Shannon and her brother. Now residing inside the Shipyard, the children were able to look down upon the large masts from high above in the Gallery.
Now listen up sidewalk supervisors! Shipside scaffolding and other “amenities” will soon
allow visitors to observe the actual renovation work being done on the Morgan. You can actually watch history in the making!
There are so many cool things to observe at Mystic Seaport’s Shipyard. It’s fascinating – from the amazing shiplift that can hoist 580 long tons (one long ton = 2,240 lbs.), to the visitors’ gallery overlooking the carpenter shop, there’s so much to see and learn. It’s truly a world onto itself. Visitors of all ages will have fun exploring every nook and cranny.
And come June, visitors will have even more to explore when the Museum opens up Restoring an Icon in the Shipyard Gallery. The exhibit will feature objects and details regarding the restoration of one of the most precious pieces of American maritime history.
Don’t forget to check our website: www.mysticseaport.org for a calendar of daily Museum events, Morgan restoration updates and so much more.