Saturday, August 14, 2010
AMAZING MYSTIC SEAPORT
How do you preserve about 50 boats? By "parking" them along the waterfront. How do you repair historic boats? By building a boat building workshop and training people to do it. They employ 22 boat builders in this shop and take in outside work to help keep the cost of visiting this unique place down.
There were so many buildings and crafts, I couldn't post and explain them all. Every element of the fishing industry in the area, from oysters to lobsters is covered here. The town had a cigar shop and had to put out fires; pubs and churches and schools were part of the community. In fact one church has a taped sermon from a former preacher in which he regales the "rum" establishments in fiery oratory. Its a hoot. Welding shops, chain makers, iron mongers, carpenters... After five hours of walking and gawking, we became weary. We could have returned after a respite but gave in and went home. The place is a must visit for everyone including great interactive areas for children.
could be returned to its original tight form. Ships had their own cooper to perform this task.
I took a slug of pictures if you want to thread through them: