American Maritime History

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…

Simple Flower Wreath, DIY, Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Simple Flower Wreath: DIY Project

Step by Step: Simply Flower Wreath The significance of Memorial Day goes back to the years immediately following the American Civil War as the country grieved over the loss of nearly 625,000 lives and struggled to heal wounds that tore…

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….

Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby Dick

A Natural History of Moby Dick Arguably the greatest sea novel ever written, Moby-Dick serves as an ideal benchmark to examine how Americans in the 1850s understood the marine biology and oceanography of the deep sea. No previous reading of…