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Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours Begin November 25

Theatrical Performance Based on “The Nutcracker”

Mystic, Conn. (November 10, 2016) — Mystic Seaport will open the 2016 season of its Lantern Light Tours Friday, November 25.

A New England holiday tradition, Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 1876. Featuring actors from Connecticut and neighboring states, the cast weaves a heart-warming holiday story in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the Museum.

The Lantern Light Tours plot is changed every year and the writing and production planning begins early in the spring. For 2016, the story is based on the classic tale “The Nutcracker.”

“While not a direct telling of ‘The Nutcracker,’ our playwright adapted many details of the story to our setting in amusing and clever ways that we think the audience will enjoy,” said Denise Kegler, the program manager for Lantern Light Tours. “The costumes in particular are a bit more fanciful and dream-like than we would normally be using. It has been a lot of fun for the production team to bring their vision to life.”

Visitors join a group of 16 to tour the Museum’s seaport village, stopping at designated points to take in the next chapter of the story. Along the way, they will enjoy a dance, a horse-and-carriage ride, a sweet holiday treat, and a scene on board one of the Museum’s historic vessels.

This year’s cast is comprised of 55 actors from Connecticut and Rhode Island. While there have always been family connections within the cast, this year it is particularly strong with a father and daughter, an uncle and niece, two married couples, a mother and daughter, and two sisters. The actors range from 11 to 72 years old.

Performances are November 25-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-18 and 23. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased online at mysticseaport.org/lanternlighttours, or by calling 860.572.5331. Tickets are $32 for adults ($26 for Mystic Seaport members) and $25 for children ages 5-17 ($19 for youth members). Lantern Light Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4.

Media access is available during the dress rehearsal November 22.

About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibits, beginning with SeaChange, which opens December 10, 2016. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $26 for adults and $17 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/  and follow Mystic Seaport on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

News SABINO Restoration

A New Boiler for SABINO

Steamboat SABINO
Steamboat SABINO moments after her launch in the Shipyard July 27, 2016. Note that her pilothouse and canopy will not be installed until after the new boiler and engine are in place.

Mystic Seaport is very pleased to announce the steamboat Sabino will return to operation in 2017. The vessel is a National Historic Landmark and is one of the last coal-fired operating steamboats in the country.

Sabino has been undergoing restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard since December 2014. This was a major project intended to enable her to continue her role as an operating exhibit for the next 25-30 years or more. The Shipyard addressed issues with her hull and numerous mechanical and systems upgrades. A number of frames and her keel bolts were replaced, some new planking installed, and general restoration and preservation work was carried out throughout the vessel.

The majority of Sabino’s restoration was completed in mid-summer 2016 and she was launched back into the water. However, the vessel needed a new boiler and additional time and funds were required to have one designed, fabricated, and installed.

SABINO's Almy Boiler
SABINO’s Almy water-tube boiler on display in the Thompson Building lobby.

Thanks to the philanthropic support of numerous parties the funds were raised, and the Shipyard was able to identify and contract specialized vendors to do the work. The design was recently approved by the US Coast Guard and construction will begin shortly. The goal is to have Sabino back in operation for her usual seasonal run in 2017.

Sabino‘s old boiler was installed around 1940. It was manufactured by the Almy Water-Tube Boiler Company of Providence, RI. It was the vessel’s third one since she was first launched in 1908 and powered the steamboat for nearly three-quarters of her life on the water, including during passenger service in Maine, a private attraction in Massachusetts, and finally more than forty years on the Mystic River. It has now been placed on display in the lobby of the Thompson Exhibition Building.

Sabino will continue to be powered by her original 1908 two-cylinder expansion engine that was manufactured by J. H. Payne & Son in nearby Noank, CT.

For additional information on the restoration, please read the Shipyard Blog.