NEWS&VIEWS by Jacqueline Bennett

Posts from the “Maritime history” Category

Inside U.S. Custom House Maritime Museum at New London Sailfest

Posted on July 16, 2015

Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Steeped in maritime history, New London, Connecticut is home to the oldest continuously-operated custom house in the nation which is now a waterfront museum. Open for tours it made for an interesting stop during Sailfest 2015, that ran July 10, 11 and 12.   Designed in 1833 by architect Robert Mills, who also designed the Washington Monument, the exterior of the Maritime Museum is beautiful. It was built with light-colored stone and has a majestic looking entrance of steps, pillars and heavy wooden doors accented by long windows. Once inside, visitors can join a tour or roam from room to room taking in exhibits that herald the sea.     Both fascinating and at the same…

Mystic Seaport to Launch “America’s Last Surviving Wooden Whaleship” – Charles W. Morgan

Posted on July 15, 2013

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Visitors continue to climb aboard the Charles W. Morgan for an up-close look at its restoration in the final days before a July 21 launch of “America’s last surviving wooden whaleship” by Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. Yesterday, a steady stream of visitors of all ages ascended the wooden stairs leading to the Morgan to get a  firsthand look at the historic vessel that is slated to embark on its 38th voyage in the spring of 2014 and make its way to historic ports throughout New England. According to the story of the Morgan provided by Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum, the 19th Century whaling ship was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States secretary of the interior in…