Amistad Afloat!

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 We look forward to hearing from you!