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Celebration of the Charles W. Morgan

Mystic (Conn.) Seaport will hold a special celebration of the Charles W. Morgan July 15, honoring members of the Morgan’s “family” — including relatives of captains, crewmembers, investors and builders — and supporters of the Morgan during her time at the museum.

A National Historic Landmark and the museum’s signature vessel, the Morgan was built in 1841 in New Bedford, Mass. During her 80-year career, she made 37 voyages across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. In 1941 the Morgan came to Mystic Seaport, where thousands of visitors have walked her decks each year.

The Morgan will undergo a major restoration beginning fall 2007. The $3.5 million project is scheduled to last three years.

The celebration will include a variety of events, including tours of the vessel and the Collections Research Center, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s collection, including items from the Morgan. Whaleboat rowing will also be offered, as well as special planetarium shows displaying the stars visible during the Morgan’s first voyage. A select number of visitors will also have the opportunity to stay overnight on the deck of the Morgan.

The all-day event concludes with a New England Lobster Bake.

Pre-registration for the event is required by July 1. Celebration tickets are $25 (adults) and $15 (children 18 and under), and include free admission to Mystic Seaport beginning July 14 through July 16. There is an additional fee for lobster dinners.

For information or to register for the event, contact Sally Halsey at or (860) 572-0711, Ext. 5120.


A million dollars raised by C.G. Foundation

The Coast Guard Foundation, through its special Disaster Relief Fund, raised and contributed more than $1 million. The funds were given to help the more than 2,200 men and women of the Coast Guard who live and work in the areas affected by Katrina and Rita rebuild their lives after those hurricanes struck Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi in August and September 2005.

Like the thousands of people they rescued, Coast Guard service members suffered the loss of homes and possessions.

To date more than 260 grants, processed through Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, have been issued to Gulf Coast service members who sustained the most damage to their homes and vehicles. Grants to enlisted personnel range from $240 to $10,900, depending on each person’s financial need and/or damage sustained, regardless of rank.

To contribute to the Disaster Relief Fund, donors can make checks payable to The Coast Guard Foundation, 394 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT, 06378-1807 or log on to the Foundation’s Web site at


Lake Champlain show adds an extra day

The Lake Champlain Antique Classic Boat Society’s 21st anniversary Boat Show in Burlington, Vt., has expanded to a two-day event. The show will feature more than 60 historic, antique and classic boats.

The event also coincides with the debut of what is planned to be an annual Lake Champlain Maritime Festival.

The festivities begin Aug. 18 and run through Aug. 20 with exhibits, boatbuilding and a host of waterfront activities. The Lake Champlain ACBS Show will conclude with The Boat Show Parade on the final day at 11 a.m.

The events will be held at the Burlington Community Boathouse.


Luhrs dealer now in Connecticut

Luhrs Corporation announced in May that Beacon Point Marine of Connecticut has become a new dealer for its line of offshore fishing yachts. The Connecticut market has been served by Luhrs dealers in New York and Boston for the past two years.

“Beacon Point is a well-established, solid dealership in a perfect market for the Luhrs product line,” says Don Smith, manager of dealer development for Luhrs. Beacon Point, in business since 1991, has three locations along the Connecticut shoreline in Cos Cob, Shelton and Clinton. In addition to new-boat sales, services include used boat brokerage, yard service with crane and travel lift, operation of 300 slips at Cos Cob and 50 slips at Shelton, mechanical service and a ship’s chandlery.


Classic yachts cruise highlights IYRS

The Annual Summer Gala at The International Yacht Restoration School is scheduled for July 15, 6 p.m. to midnight, in Newport, R.I. Restoration Hall, usually the workspace on campus, will be transformed into an elegant setting for the 2006 Summer Gala.

The gala is held each year to raise funds for the school’s education programs in traditional boatbuilding and yacht restoration. Students have already restored some 80 historic craft, many of which are sailing throughout New England. Annually the Gala draws an international crowd of classic yacht enthusiasts.

Two types of tickets are available. Attendees can arrive at 6 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a live auction. At 9 p.m. the after-dinner dance party begins with music by Roomful of Blues. Festivities end at the stroke of midnight.

A live and silent auction run by Christie’s includes maritime artwork and travel opportunities, such as a sail aboard the classic schooner Santana, once the private yacht of Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; a Caribbean cruise on a luxurious 123-foot Feadship; and a cruise aboard the classic Trumpy motoryacht Sea Tabby.

IYRS will also sponsor a Classic Yacht Cruise July 29 to Aug. 5 in Maine. The weeklong event begins in Southwest Harbor. Blue Hill, Castine, and Camden are on the itinerary. The fleet arrives in Brooklin, Maine, on Friday, to meet up with the 21st Annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.

For tickets and information contact events coordinator, Leslie Streuli at (401) 848-5777, Ext. 217, or


Coast Guard Auxiliarist earns lifesaving medal

The Coast Guard’s second-highest award for bravery for saving a life, the Silver Lifesaving Medal, was awarded in March to Auxiliarist William J. Villanova, 35, of Port Chester, N.Y.

Villanova was cited for “heroic action” on the evening of Sept. 1, 2002, when he rescued a person who was caught in the heavy surf off the Pleasant View Inn in Westerly, R.I. Villanova and his family were guests at the inn, on a family vacation.

Elizabeth Young, the director of Auxiliary for the 1st Coast Guard District, Southern Region, said Villanova’s “selfless action in risking his own life to save another, reflects the highest ideals of the United States Coast Guard.”

Villanova entered the heavy surf to assist a drowning victim and both were reportedly thrown around by the waves and pulled under by a rip current on several occasions. Out of the surf, Villanova determined the victim had no vital signs and immediately began CPR. Eventually, the victim began coughing up water and resumed breathing.

The Silver Lifesaving Medal was established on June 20, 1874. It is now awarded by the Department of Homeland Security to civilians and members of the military who risk their lives to rescue or endeavor to rescue any other person from drowning, shipwreck, or other “perils of the sea,” within the United States, or upon any American vessel.

Auxiliarist Villanova is a member of Flotilla 07-03 (Mamaroneck, N.Y.), a six-year member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Villanova is currently vice commander of his flotilla.


Sail aboard a 12 Meter yacht

The public is invited to spend a half-day sailing Narragansett Bay aboard the 12 Meter yachts Gleam or Northern Light during the 15th Annual WoodenBoat Show Aug. 25 to 27 at the Newport Yachting Center in Rhode Island.

All the comforts of the golden days of yachting will greet participants as they step aboard these restored yachts. Attendees will be allowed to take the helm of these thoroughbred yachts.

The offer is available to a limited number of participants, obtainable by advance reservation only, at $200 per person. The program includes a three-day admission pass to the show. This price is in effect until July 31. After that date, if space remains, the cost increases to $250 per person.

The 15th Annual WoodenBoat Show presents traditional classics and contemporary wooden boats. For information contact WoodenBoat Publications at (800) 273-7447 or visit Admission: $12 adult one day, $24 adult multiday, advance discounts available online. Children under 12 are free.