Specifications

  • Homeport: New London, CT
  • Rig: Barque
  • Sparred Length: 110′
  • LOA: 83′
  • LOD: 83′
  • LWL: 78′
  • Draft: 7′ 6
  • Beam: 25′
  • Rig Height: 90′
  • Freeboard: 7′
  • Sail Area: 3,000 square feet
  • Tons: 100
  • Hull: steel

Story

Built in 1967 and rebuilt in 1993, the Mystic Whaler carries passengers and trainees on a variety of cruises, ranging from 3 hours to 5 days. In April, May, and early June, the schooner joins Clearwater on the Hudson River, for environmental education programs. Sailing from New London, CT throughout the summer months, the Mystic Whaler offers great sailing opportunities for both novice and experienced passengers. Three-hour Lobster Dinner Cruises are popular as are the 5-hour Day sails, or try an overnight of 2, 3 or 5 days. In September and October, the Mystic Whaler travels to Baltimore Maryland for three weeks of 3-day overnight sails and to participate in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Some of the overnight cruises have special interest extras such as lighthouse tours, sea music and full moon cruises. Two-week apprenticeship programs run throughout the season (June- Sept).

Facts

  • USCG Certification: Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
  • Who Sails: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College
  • Program Type: Maritime History
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Summer: Chesapeake Bay (fall)
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Southeast New England (summer) and Hudson River (spring)
  • Sailing Season: March-November
  • Year Launched: 1967
  • Number of Crew: 5
  • Name of Contact: Captain John Eginton
  • Website: https://mysticwhalercruises.com/