Little Vigilant

Charter LITTLE VIGILANT at Mystic Seaport Museum

Owner: Mystic Seaport Museum

Designer: Walter McInnis

Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen

Year Built: 1950

LOA: 71 ft.

Beam: 15 ft. 6 in.

Draft: 5 ft.

Construction: Steel

Propulsion: John Deere 6081

Little Vigilant is available for day, dinner, sunset, as well as extended boat rides of New England waters.  Available for yacht club cruises, race support, or family cruising.  We can even pair Little Vigilant with a classic sailing vessel for a cruise in company.  Little Vigilant’s USCG licensed Captain and crew will ensure the safety of your voyage and help to plan your boat ride and trip.  Little Vigilant can accommodate up to six guests and is perfect for a boat ride up and down the Mystic River.  Please email charters@mysticseaport.org for reservations and availability.

About Little Vigilant

Little Vigilant was designed and built for yachtsman Drayton Cochran of New York.  The boat was built to be seaworthy yet able to navigate the canals of Europe, with tabernacle mounted masts and a pilothouse that could have the upper half removed.  The first large yacht built by Abeking and Rasmussen at their Bremerhaven yard after World War II, the yacht was built to the highest class of Bureau Veritas, and constructed of the finest materials. 

Little Vigilant spent her first years cruising Europe and in 1959 served as the dive vessel for an underwater archaeological expedition in the Aegean Sea with Peter Throckmorton and the National Geographic Society.  A film, “3000 Years Under the Sea” was filmed aboard.

In 1961 the vessel was put in storage in England where she sat until 2005 when purchased and fully restored by Mr. Richard Armstrong.  Mr. Armstrong cruised Little Vigilant throughout New England, Bermuda, and the Caribbean before donating her to Mystic Seaport Museum.