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Largest Wooden Boat Show In New England At Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum expecting large gathering of boating enthusiasts

Mystic, Conn., AUG. 18, 2021 – A big gathering of wooden boats and enthusiasts throughout New England will converge at Mystic Seaport Friday through the weekend for the Wooden Boat Show and Antique Marine Engine Expo.

There will be more than 100 traditional and classic wooden boats of every type on display, from handcrafted kayaks to mahogany runabouts, to classic daysailers and schooners.  This is the largest gathering of wooden boats and enthusiasts in New England.

In conjunction with the boat show, the Museum is also having its antique marine engine expo, which is one of the oldest major marine engine shows in the nation, with more than 300 exhibits. Many of the engines will be operating as well as the day they were first purchased. Steamers huffing and puffing, inboards chugging away in their mounting stands, and more. Enjoy this stroll through maritime engine history.

More information about the shows is available here:




Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.”

The Mystic Seaport Museum grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and includes a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship still in existence. At Mystic Seaport Museum, we strive to create an environment where visitors not only learn from us, but we learn from them. The concept is called Public History and it allows our visitors to experience history in ways they haven’t before.