A landmark marina in the heart of the Connecticut seaport town of Mystic was sold to the operators of a neighboring facility.
Seaport Marine, which occupies 11 acres on the Mystic River, was sold to Noank Shipyard and its owners, siblings John, Jill and Bruce Holstein. Seaport Marine, owned since the late 1950s by Malcolm Robertson, has 70 slips and nearly 70,000 feet of inside storage and service space. It is located near Mystic Seaport, the restored museum village that houses classic ships and attracts more than a million tourists a year.
The Holsteins say they will retain the name Seaport Marine and operate the facility as a division of Noank Shipyard. Dan and Kathleen Burns will be on-site managers for both facilities.
The Seaport Marine site was first used for boatbuilding in the mid-1880s. It was sold in the 1920s to the Post family of Mystic, which launched the Franklin Post Boat Yard. The yard built both commercial and recreational vehicles, and offered storage and maintenance services. It became Seaport Marine Inc. in the 1950s when Robertson bought it and introduced the yacht sales division.