Museums, Programs, Historic Sites
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New London, CT 06320
Mystic Whaler was built in 1967 for the New England windjammer trade and is a tribute to the coastal trading schooners that plied her home waters a century ago. In 1990, after 23 years of service, the Mystic Whaler was retired. In 1994, John Eginton, a former captain of the Mystic Whaler, formed Mystic Whaler Cruises, Inc., to purchase the hull and return the vessel to service. Rebuilt and refurbished in 1995, Mystic Whaler was returned to her home port of Mystic with a commitment to offering a memorable windjammer experience.
Since 1996, the schooner Mystic Whaler has left its home port of New London, CT, each spring to become Clearwater’s sister ship on the Hudson River for the season. Clearwater places two educators, several education interns, and up to six volunteers a week on board the Mystic Whaler, in addition to the schooner’s permanent crew. The Mystic Whaler educators coordinate the same hands-on, field-oriented Sailing Classroom program for which Clearwater is famous.
Multiple educational programs are offered. During the spring the Mystic Whaler operates on the Hudson River (Kingston, NY) and its educational programs are managed by the Clearwater Organization (Clearwater.org). Their signature program, The Sailing Classroom, is detailed here: clearwater.org/education/sailing-classroom/
During summer months the Mystic Whaler continues to operate out of New London, CT, and offers lunch and dinner cruises, which can be booked online.