Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mystery Ship

I took this photograph last June somewhere east of the Connecticut River. Under normal circumstances, I most likely would have taken the time to get a better look at her. But this was late in the afternoon of a hazy day, and thunderheads were rising in the murky sky to the west. A few rumbles could be heard in the distance.Rather than sail alongside her for some additional photos and a better view, I quickly dropped the sails and steered a direct course for port. Sure enough, the thunderstorm arrived shortly after, and I was fortunate to already be ashore with the boat fastened securely to her mooring. I never did find out what ship this was. My first guess was that it was one of the excursion or educational ships that sail out of Mystic. However, looking around online, and in person, I have not found any local ships that match her description.

4 comments:

Steve B said...

She looks a lot like The Spirit of Massachusetts.

matthew houskeeper said...

Hi Steve,
I thought so too. There are however, some slight differences, such as the name board on the bow.
http://www.oceanclassroom.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=42

Maybe there were just some changes made between photos.

Steve B said...

She was in dry dock up here in Gloucester last September. She actually missed our Schooner Festival. There are some photos on GoodMorningGloucester of her in dry dock. I'll email you some photos I took in the summer of 2007 with my point and shoot.

matthew houskeeper said...

The mystery is solved.
Good work!!!!
Thanks