So we started off the day like this:
The Planetarium at Mystic Seaport was officially dedicated as the Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport — honoring long-serving employee Don Treworgy, pictured here in his traditional red suspenders.
Then, in the afternoon, a certain vessel was itching to get back in the water.
Amistad started the day like this.
And ended her day back in the water -- where she belongs.
All in all, just another day at America’s leading maritime museum.
Just another day at Mystic Seaport — boats moving all over the waterfront.
In this case, it’s our own Joseph Conrad, on her way back to her regular berth, joined by members of the Stonington High crew team, which uses our waterfront for practice and meets.
Does it matter who wins this race? Nope.
So what brought these two together this morning?
Well, school’s out in Stonington, but the crew team took advantage of the gorgeous morning for some on-water practice.
The Conrad was returning to her berth after spending the week at Chubb’s Wharf having her lower masts stepped in earlier this week. She’ll maintain just her lowers this season while other maintenance continues. However, she’s a bit more ‘dressed’ now than she was just last week.
All in all, just a typical day here at Mystic Seaport.
With all due respect to our friends down the street, there are seals at Mystic Seaport, too.
At least there was Wednesday morning of this week.
I could get used to this, thinks the newest visitor to Mystic Seaport.
While we haven’t officially confirmed this, we believe this visitor to the dock near our Boathouse
is either a harp or harbor seal.
There is a colony of harbor seals near Fisher’s Island, so that’s one possible explanation. We’ve also learned that this is the time of year juvenile harp seals come down from the Arctic to explore (perhaps they’ve heard of our Frozen In exhibit?).
Either way, it doesn’t make a difference to us. What it means to us is that Mystic Seaport attracts all kinds. And in the harshest of winters, there’s no problem with that.