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The Atlantic Neptune is a spectacular compilation of charts and maps that Great Britain produced to chart the territories it acquired at the end of the Seven Years’ War. A breathtaking example of the engraver’s art, it is on display in the new exhibit at Mystic Seaport, SeaChange, which is an exploration of transformation through maritime artifacts from the collections of Mystic Seaport.

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With its newest exhibition SeaChange, Mystic Seaport hosts a fascinating look at the concept of transformation and the ever-present connection we all share with the sea. A Chinese bed, richly carved and surrounded by questions about its history and ocean journey from China to Rhode Island, is one of the striking and unexpected objects to appear in the, SeaChange exhibition.

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The massive pieces of wood needed to restore historic ships are hard to come by, so Mystic Seaport shipwrights take what they can get. Sometimes it's a fallen tree, sometimes it’s a gift from the past.

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To pass the time at sea, 19th-century whalers took up the art of scrimshaw. With whatever tools were available, they etched intricate designs into whale teeth and bones to create visual stories of their daily life.

Plan your visit to Mystic Seaport today to learn more about Scrimshaw and maritime history:
http://www.mysticseaport.org/visit/

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As boat owners are well aware, all vessels require a certain amount of dedication and upkeep. Historic vessels like those found at Mystic Seaport can be especially high maintenance. While the art of wooden shipbuilding has been largely superseded by the advent of steel and fiberglass, a team of specialized craftspeople can still be found restoring and maintaining these beautiful vessels.

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From vintage photography to the world's last wooden whaleship, Mystic Seaport is home to one of the world's greatest collections of maritime history. But as visitors wander the re-created 19th-century village and visit historic vessels at the water's edge, it's a talented group of interpreters who truly bring the past into the present.

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With GPS devices triangulating their position at the touch of a button, today's sailors rarely worry about navigation at sea. But in the years before this technology, ships' crews relied on the sun, the stars, and a skilled crewmember to find their way.

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Wooden boat owners have an unparalleled passion for their boats. A wooden boat isn’t simply owned. It is cared for. In fact, a whole lot of time is spent caring for it. The good news is, the more spent, the closer the bond with the boat.

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A core part of Mystic Seaport’s mission is to bring history alive for all of our visitors. Authentic activities like barrel making and harpoon throwing teach valuable historic lessons in a fun and interactive way.

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A National Historic Landmark, Mystic Seaport’s Emma C. Berry is a Noank well smack, a New England coastal fishing vessel designed with holes in the hull to keep her catch alive. Now 150, she is one of the oldest surviving commercial vessels in America.
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