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Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

I second the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - includes workboats and oyster dredges (done under sail!) Also a bit out of your way, but the Halifax Nova Scotia museum was excellent.

A museum buff in DC - you're going to visit the Smithsonian, National Air & Space, etc?

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Herreshoff mueseum in Bristol RI is a must see!
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Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

I think you're talking about museums with full size boats, but I've got to say the model museum at the Naval Academy is just awesome. I must have literally said wow! a hundred times.

Not a boat museum at all , but the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum near Dulles is unbelievable. They have an SR-71 Blackbird on display that made its final trip from California to Virginia in just over an hour.
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The Uzay museum at Dulles also have the shuttle Discovery . Saturn 5 and all Russian and Chinese Migs and miliatary planes and helicopters

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I was expecting to hear about two or three nice stops to make on the drive. Now, I'm afraid that my week long November vacation might have turned into a scouting trip for summer. I clearly need to return in summer if only to do the Bath Iron Works Trolley Tour, that must be remarkable.

Summer would also be better for visiting the craft schools and coastal lobster shacks. Heck, maybe I'll enroll in one of the craft school sail making courses. Setting the summer advantages aside, I now very much look forward to a trip that I thought would be too much like driving the Northern CA, Oregon and Washington Coasts -- that are incredible BTW.

We just don't have the sea-based history on the West Coast: not so concentrated, not so long, not so economically or socially prominent. Thanks again. I will report back.
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Herreshoff mueseum in Bristol RI is a must see!
Awesome place. My pearson was built there after captain nate sold the place.

Mystic sseaport. The mansions in Newport all very nice. ( and no slavery to bum you out)

St micheals Maryland. Annapolis

Mariners museum in virginia.
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Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

I don't know how you'll be getting to New England, but there is a train stop in Mystic. It's on the main AMTRAK line, but the high speed Acela doesn't stop here. (The Acela stops in New London, about 20 minutes from Mystic.)

The Mystic train station is less than a mile from the entrance to Mystic Seaport. You wouldn't need a car in Mystic if your luggage has wheels. You can stay overnight in the center of Mystic where there are lots of restaurants and its all a short walk. There is an Enterprise location about 2 blocks from the train station if you need a rental car. Driving time between Newport and Mystic is an hour.
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I would absolutely recommend mystic seaport in CT, large amount of early ships and private sailing yachts.

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I loved Mystic and many of the other suggestions sound great, but if you're right in that area anyway, you have to see Plymouth Plantation.
It's not a boat museum, though it's about people who came in boats. Like Mystic, it's a re-created town. You're in early 17th century New England--right smack dab in it. Unlike the mid 19th century, whose architecture surrounds us day-to-day, it's so very foreign to us that everything you see is a first. And you can interact with people who are in character and so good at it that you feel like an intruder in their world. I'm hard to impress but I'd go again in a heartbeat.
Read N. Philbrick's "The Mayflower" first and your time-travelling.
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Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

International Yacht Restoration School (IRYS & Museum of Yachting) Newport RI. About the Museum of Yachting (MoY)

The schooner yacht Coronet is under restoration. You can view the work in progress.



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