Author Archives: Dan McFadden

Lithograph, CHANCELLOR LIVINGSTON, Accession Number 1961.43, Mystic Seaport Museum

A Fine Early Lithograph

The lithograph of the steamer CHANCELLOR LIVINGSTON is a fine example of an early black and white lithograph at Mystic Seaport Museum. A group of print aficionados recently visited Curator Fred Calabretta for a look at some of the Museum’s…

Detail from a Sea Letter for the CHARLES W. MORGAN dated 1859.

A Sea Letter for the CHARLES W. MORGAN

In October of 1859 Captain James Hamilton took over command of the CHARLES W. MORGAN for a voyage to the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans. Along the way the MORGAN made stops in Chile, Hawaii and Japan among other places….

Captain James F. Smith. Mystic Seaport Accession Number 1939.1295

Mark Twain and the Whaling Captain

Captain James Smith left whaling to become a packet captain and a foil for Mark Twain. The painting seen below depicts Captain James F. Smith of New London, one of five brothers who were whaling captains out of that port….

Palladium Trophy. Mystic Seaport Museum accession number 1957.291

When Trophies Were Trophies!

During the 1880’s and 1890’s, silver yachting trophies were often presented to clubs by influential members. There were Goelet Cups named for New York land baron Ogden Goelet. The famous Astor cups were contributed by John Jacob Astor. As time went…