MYSTIC — Mystic Seaport Museum will hold its annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous this Saturday and Sunday.
The event showcases high-quality antique vessels, including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. The classic vessels will create a colorful gathering along the Museum’s waterfront. Visitors are invited to see the displayed vessels Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An awards competition will recognize excellence in restoration, authenticity and workmanship.
This year, the Museum will honor vessels designed by Elco, founded in 1893 as the Electric Launch Company. In its years of boatbuilding, Elco produced more than 3,000 pleasure boats and more than 1,500 military vessels, including 399 PT boats during World War II. Today, the Elco legacy continues with the company building electric motors and launches with quiet beauty and sound innovation. Valentine, hull number 1 of the 50-foot Cruisette model, built in Bayonne, N.J., in 1929, is the featured boat. She is currently cared for in Essex.
The Rendezvous concludes Sunday at noon with a parade of the classic boats down the Mystic River. Each will be announced on the shore at Mystic River Park as it passes through the Mystic River Bascule Bridge. The boats then make their way down river to Fishers Island Sound in what has become a highlight of the Mystic summer season.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.mysticseaport.org.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro