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11-16-2012 01:40 PM
Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

I am back from the trip and wanted to post a bit of feedback for someone trying a similar whirlwind tour. We arrived Thursday night in Providence and drove to Newport. Providence makes a good destination because it has an Amtrak Station, cheap rental cars, reasonable hotels and is in easy reach of Mystic and very close to Newport. On Friday, we toured Newport and The Breakers mansion in the morning and the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America's Cup Hall of Fame in the afternoon. On Friday evening, we drove to Belfast, MA. Saturday was spent touring coastal cities in Maine, visiting the Maine Maritime Museum at Bath, and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. On Sunday, we went to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Sunday evening was spent driving back to Providence. We spent all Monday at the Museum of America and the Sea. On Tuesday, we took the train to NYC and ended the sailing-related museum tour.

As you can see, we saw much in a very short period of time but couldn't see everything. It was easy to see a lot because we had the roads and museums to ourselves. That isn't exactly true but was often the case and we never had to wait. In spite of how it sounds, we didn't feel at all rushed and we didn't hurry through any of the museums. I do especially regret that we could not see the Bath Iron Works Trolley Tour but it was closed for the season.

The Lighthouse Museum was nice but we were there because it was easy and fit our schedule. The other museums are outstanding and should not be missed. I think that we were lucky to do them in the order smaller to larger but not sure that would matter. I am confident that the museums and yards we missed would also be worth visiting, we just didn't have the time.

Thanks for the advice and we hope to visit again and spend more time. If you live in the region and haven't been to these museums, go!
09-17-2012 06:56 PM
steve77 I was just at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum this weekend. I didn't see as much of it as I would have liked since I was actually there for "Salty Dog" day (for dogs) but what I saw was very cool. It is the site of some old shipyards and they've preserved some of the stuff they used for building wooden ships back in the day. I will definitely go back and spend more time there.
09-17-2012 02:43 PM
Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

I drive past the Essex Shipbuilding Museum almost everyday; maybe you can tell me if it is worth seeing!

Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex MA

It will be late in the season, but they invented fried clams there (Essex the town, not the museum itself) you should try them.

Rt 133 Essex, MA an hour north of Boston.

Why did Essex launch more two-masted vessels than any other town in the world?

How did Essex contribute to the development of the American fishing schooner?

Why were ship's caulkers so hard of hearing?
09-17-2012 01:06 PM
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.

09-15-2012 08:49 PM
Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

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.
09-15-2012 12:01 AM
Filmsomething I would absolutely recommend mystic seaport in CT, large amount of early ships and private sailing yachts.
09-14-2012 10:38 PM
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.
09-14-2012 09:10 PM
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Originally Posted by Mirari View Post
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.
09-14-2012 03:46 PM
Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

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.
09-13-2012 03:24 AM
Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

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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