Mystic Seaport Museum to Host Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous July 27-28

Mystic Seaport Museum will hold its annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28.

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 award 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, NJ, in 1929, is the featured boat. She is currently cared for in Essex, CT.

The Rendezvous concludes Sunday at 12 p.m. 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. 

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About Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that will feature J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, the most comprehensive exhibition of Turner watercolors ever displayed in the U.S. opening October 5, 2019. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.