Connecticut Community Boating Hopes to Revive Dormant Schooner

Author: Ian Holliday [Mystic River Press]

MYSTIC – The building that houses the Mystic River Press office on Holmes Street is called “Schooner Wharf.” It’s called that because of the 171-foot schooner docked in the Mystic River behind the building.

The ship’s rigging is as identifiable a part of the Mystic skyline as the Union Baptist Church steeple, the Liberty Pole, or the masts of the other tall ships at nearby Mystic Seaport. Rain or shine, day or night, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the Sailing Vessel Mystic – as it’s known – is docked at Schooner Wharf.

But it doesn’t have to be.

That’s the message Connecticut Community Boating, a Bridgeport-based nonprofit organization seeking to purchase the ship for use as an educational vessel, brought to Mystic last week. CCB recently entered into an agreement with the newly formed Mystic Nautical Heritage Society, which owns the SV Mystic, that will allow it to operate the ship while it attempts to raise the $1.8 million purchase price over four years.

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