The schooner Amistad sailing through Fishers Island Sound off Mystic. The vessel will be in New London through the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival September 9-11.
DISCOVERING AMISTAD BLOG
We're looking for sailors.
Amistad is now back in the water, dockside at Mystic Seaport, nearly ready to sail. As you’ll see in the photos, she’s been rigged and sails are being hanked on. We expect two new sails, a main and jib, to arrive from Maine at the top of the week. Recently, remanufactured twin Cat diesel engines were placed back into the ship and our talented crew is hard at work reconnecting them, a process that should be completed by mid-month. And, we have stripped many layers of paint and sanded varnish to bare wood throughout the deck and on the ship’s transom in preparation for fresh paint and varnish, also to be done by mid-month.
Our current and pressing need is for sailing crew! We’re very pleased with our new captain, Tucker Yaro, who has undertaken a Herculean task in supervising the ship’s restoration from years of neglect, but we have not yet hired the full crew we need to safely and effectively sail Amistad during the coming short sailing season from August through October. Deckhands, who will live on board, will learn ship handling and also tend to the ship’s ongoing maintenance needs. If you would like to experience sailing a magnificent tall ship, seek the chance to build seamanship skills, and wish to take part in Discovering Amistad’s educational and community outreach efforts while visiting Connecticut’s port communities, please contact our captain, Tucker Yaro, at Amistadcaptain@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
by Tom Bishop
Greetings from Discovering Amistad's Ship Committee!
Here is our first update on the state's flagship as we prepare Amistad to serve Connecticut's communities in the months to come.
With activity on and below deck, and on the ship's hull and spars, Amistad is a hub of activity!
The ship was hauled out of the water at Mystic Seaport's shipyard for work over the winter. We're happy to say that the talented staff attending to the ship includes workers who built Amistad 16 years ago.
Under Discovering Amistad's new leadership, surveys and Coast Guard inspections have been undertaken. The ship's solid construction of durable woods has left her structurally sound, and now areas of deferred maintenance are being addressed.
Time, wind and the seas have taken a toll on her original sails. We are having a new mainsail and jib built, as the current ones are unserviceable.
With around 5800 hours of use, the ship's twin diesel engines have been removed and sent to HO Penn in Farmington, the company that originally installed them, to assess the scope of work they need.
Onboard systems also are being looked at for whatever maintenance, repair or replacement is needed.
As work continues, we will update you and also call out for volunteers as we move on to sanding, painting and varnishing in the spring.
Stay tuned - more to come!