Mystic, CT hosts Antique Tool Auction
If you’ve never been to Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, the first weekend in June might be the time to go as there’s an antique tool auction in town the same weekend. Modeled after an 19th century American seafaring community, the Mystic Seaport museum hosts a surprising number of old buildings, boats and ships, craft reenactors, and the world’s only surviving wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan. The wooden whaler is currently undergoing an extensive rehabilitation and seeing the work is worth the trip alone.
If you’re planning a visit, be sure to get into town Friday June 4th to check out the 301 lots of antique tools planned for auction at the nearby Mystic Hilton. Inspection of the items starts at 3pm and the bidding starts at 7 pm. If you can’t make the auction, you can see the tools and bid online.
Mystic Seaport's shops, reenactors and craft demonstrations help tell the story of a 19th century New England seafaring community
The museum's working shipyard restores vessels using both traditional and modern techniques.
Repairing wooden ships requires a large supply of old growth timber and the Seaport keeps several piles in the yard. The big logs in the background are white pine, a preferred species for masts.
Cutting ship's parts requires a very large bandsaw. The saw's frame tilts instead of the table as it's easier to move the saw than reposition the huge timbers they often cut.
A tool auction in a seafaring town wouldn't be complete without tools related to nautical craft. This machine is for twisting fibers into rope. It's one of 301 lots scheduled for auction in Mystic, CT June 4th.
These are caulking irons used for inserting cotton or oakum strands between planks.