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SPC 09-11-2012 08:31 PM

Please recommend sailboat museums NE US
In early November, my wife and I are traveling from the West Coast for business in DC and will spend the week before traveling from Newport along the Maine Coast and back by car and then by train to NYC and DC. Please recommend sailboat museums in the region and boat related sites that we should not miss. I love all boats but especially those that are wind-powered. And to my shame, I also like mansions even if I hate the economics and slavery that produced them.

Also, is there anything to see in Brooklin, Maine (home of the Wooden Boat School) other than the school? I might travel there in the future for a sail sewing class but wonder if it would be worthwhile to tour for fun now.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

Mirari 09-11-2012 08:48 PM

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Herreshoff mueseum in Bristol RI is a must see!

sailingfool 09-11-2012 08:58 PM

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paulk 09-11-2012 10:46 PM

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Woodenboat is neat to see when there's a class going on with projects to view and people to talk with. Other than that, the store is interesting, but simply has what's in the catalogue. If you're going to be that far 'East', check out Searsport Penobscot Marine Museum The museum is based in sea captain's houses. Belfast also has a very pretty main shopping street and several boatbuilders that might not shoot you if you stuck your nose in. (Brooklin likewise.) The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath is definitely worth a visit. Maine Maritime Museum If you can get there before Columbus Day weekend, they offer tours of BATH IRON WORKS - a mind-numbing state of the art facility that turns out incredible vessels for the U.S. Navy. We went by there this summer and saw a brand new destroyer at their dock. Further south you can visit the Rockport Apprenticeshop (check out the Farnsworth Museum while you're there too, to get your Wyeth fix). If you head inland a touch, Sabre might like to show your around too. Before leaving Maine I enjoy stopping at The Landing School in Arundel, to see what they are up to. ttp:// Don't forget to eat lobster. $3.50/lb when we were there this summer - cheaper than steak.

mgiguere 09-11-2012 11:24 PM

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Well, if you'd like to go sailing on the Chesapeake Bay while in DC, would be happy to take you for a spin. We live in Vienna VA (suburb of DC) and I have a 37 ft sloop near Annapolis (also near DC). Contact me at if interested.

Argyle38 09-12-2012 12:58 AM

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I can second the recommendation for Mystic Seaport. It's a great museum with lots of things to see. It's modeled after a circa 1840-1870's whaling village. Most of the building are original to that time period and moved to the museum site. There are also several whaling and fishing ships that you can tour. Right now, their largest whaler, the Charles W. Morgan, is on the hard undergoing a major refit, but you can still go aboard and view the progress.

If you go through Boston, visit the Constitution and walk the liberty trail from her berth back to downtown. It's a nice walk past a lot of historical sites.

nickmerc 09-12-2012 10:35 AM

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+1 for the Peabody Essex Museum. I used to live in Salem and I went there probably once a month. If you can get there before Halloween there is a schooner that sails out Salem's waterfront - the Fame of Salem (The Schooner Fame ~ The Salem Privateer - Harbor Cruises in Salem, MA). I highly reccommend you go for a ride.

disclosure - I helped build the Fame and crewed on her for the first two seasons of operation. I might be slightly biased.

swimnfit 09-12-2012 11:26 AM

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Ditto on Mystic Seaport... Great place to visit.

I had lived in Maine for a short time and if you are in the vicinity of Bath,, check out the Maine Maritime Museum. They still have a wooden boat building shop there and has some great maritime/sailing prominance.

Maine Maritime Museum

flyingjib 09-12-2012 07:42 PM

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If you get to St. Michaels, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland) is worth visiting. Different side of boating...

jimrafford 09-12-2012 08:09 PM

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In addition to what has already been suggested there is a great whaling museum in New Bedford, Mass.

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