“If we don’t do anything, it will be forgotten”

Seventy five years since his last visit, Samuel Nevins tours the Charles W. Morgan being restored in Mystic Seaport.

My favorite line: “Without a comfortable wife, you don’t have a life.”

Moby-Monday: Happy Belated Berthday Herman Melville!

Okay we missed Herman Melville’s birthday (August 1st); yesterday was his 191st. We were actually on a family roadtrip to Mystic Seaport where they were celebrating Melville’s birthday with a marathon reading of Moby-Dick.

It had been a few years since we visited Mystic and the first time with the kids. It’s a great destination with lots and lots of things to do for “youth of all ages.” We started our visit with a showing of the outdoor play, A Tale of a Whaler which is highly recommended if you have kids. It’s engaging and answers, in a fun way, some of those difficult historical questions kids always have.

Some of the other highlights included a visit to the Charles W. Morgan which is currently in the middle of a MAJOR restoration project.  You can actually climb aboard her and go below to see first hand how whalers lived and how restorers do their work. This experience should not be missed.

Charles W. Morgan - On the Ways

It’s a bit of a climb, especially with small children, but it’s definitely worth it!

Charles W. Morgan - Maindeck looking aft

Here are a few “artsy” shots taken with my iPhone of other favorite spots in the Seaport.

This is from the Shipyard Gallery looking down into the work area. The gallery has an interesting exhibit about the Morgan restoration project.

Shipyard Gallery

I love scale models of villages and this one is a must see. Even though it’s Mystic, it’s great to imagine what our town, Mattapoisett, was like back in the mid 1800’s when activity was buzzing at the six shipyards located on the harborfront.

Mystic River Scale Model

No visit is complete without hopping aboard a real living tall ship like the Joseph Conrad. Well, she might not leave the dock but in the summer time she serves as living quarters for the young campers in the Seaport’s sailing program. How cool is that!

Joseph Conrad

Don Treworgy, Stargazer. R.I.P.

Don Treworgy

We’re pretty partial to stargazers here. First, this blog and our company name comes from a poem that celebrates the sea and the sky.

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

Second and more importantly, our business model is based on a belief that the most successful leaders always sight their star to steer by. While most do this metaphorically, Don Treworgy did it literally during his 48 years of dedicated service to Mystic Seaport’s Treworgy Planetarium.

Sadly Don passed away on September 13, 2009. Mystic Seaport has published a wonderful page celebrating Don’s life and work. Remembering Donald Treworgy October 3, 1938 – September 13, 2009.


Over the years, many students and sailors from around the world learned about the night sky from Don Treworgy. I had the great fortune of first meeting Don at the 2006 American Sail Training Association conference when he received an ASTA Special Recognition Award.