When the Mystic Seaport reopens Feb. 14, the Winter Vessel Tours will give visitors a unique look at the past. Guided tours will be available at a pair of ships undergoing restoration at the Seaport’s Henry B. DuPont Preservation shipyard, and the historic whaleship, Charles W. Morgan.
The latest to be restored are:
Mayflower II, the full-scale reproduction of the ship that landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, and the steamboat Sabino, a unique coal-fired vessel that regularly carries passengers on the Mystic River in the warm weather months. It is the last wooden, coal-fired steamboat remaining in operation.
The Mayflower II arrived at the Seaport in December from Plimouth Plantation and, courtesy of Mystic Seaport, you can watch it rise out of the water and into the shipyard.
Also part of the tours will be the Charles W.Morgan, the world’s last surviving 19th century whaling ship that made some history of its own last summer when it sailed on an unprecedented voyage after extensive restoration to a number of New England ports.
75 Greenmanville Ave. Mystic, CT 06355