And what an attic it is. Over 400 boats stacked and packed tightly in someĀ  two sprawling warehouses. Maybe a couple hundred engines ranging from steam engines to naphtha engines and outboards. All the engines are in working order. The boats remain untouched in the same condition they were upon arrival – some with straps holding them together. This is not exhibition territory. Not public territory. It is Mystic’s Seaport’s Study Collection. These boats are collected for historic purposes, for research purposes. They are examples of a class of boat, one of kind, first of a kind, only known specimen. Has to be of historic importance (not necessarily old) to get placed in this collection.
The space is so tightly packed we couldn’t get at some boats. No matter. It was just super to hang out and commune in spirit with such great hardware. Dim light, heavy shadows, muted colors helped to tell us we were in the presence of something special.
People who want have a research need are routinely admitted to Mystic’s Study Collection. The real story lies in how we got a tour. I am pretty good and chatting up folks and in gaining access here, there & yonder. Our minimal photography credentials work wonders. That’s how we got invited into the Charles W. Morgan. This morning Dee spent some time talking to a volunteer about old cars and steam boats and next thing we know, Roger is getting a key to the Collection to show us some steam engines and much more. Now Roger is quite chit chatty and I am anything but when working a camera. So we must all thank Dee for hanging with him thus limiting her photography. We also got into their machine shop where a steam engine, two WW II Packard torpedo boat engines and a radial airplane engine were being worked on. Neat stuff.

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