Mystic in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Noank Well-Smack Emma C. Berry
Emma C. Berry
R. & J. Palmer Shipyard
Length on deck: 45’ 9”
Beam: 14’ 8”
Built three miles down the Mystic River in 1866, the Emma C. Berry is the only survivor of a small, seaworthy fishing vessel type that once ranged the coast from Maine to Florida. When launched, she had a wet well: a watertight compartment in her hold with holes drilled through the bottom so seawater could flow in and out to keep her catch alive. Named for her captain’s daughter, she originally fished for mackerel, and later for cod and even swordfish, delivering her catch fresh to Noank, New London or New York.
In 1886 the Berry was rerigged as a two-masted schooner, and in 1894 she was sold to an owner in Maine. After carrying lobsters and bait on the Maine coast for 30 years, an enterprising sailor patched her up for coastal trade. Then she was rebuilt as a yacht in New Jersey in the 1930s.
When Mystic Seaport acquired the Emma C. Berry in 1969, vey little was original except her shape. During restorations in 1969-71 and in 1987-88 she was returned to her original configuration, based on photographs, models, and other information. After she was restored, Mystic Seaport staff sailed the Berry, finding how responsive this yachtlike design is, but
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
Location. 41° 21.649′ N, 71° 57.925′ W. Marker is in Mystic, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Greenmanville Avenue (Connecticut Route 27) and Bruggeman Place, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Mystic Seaport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oyster Sloop Nellie (here, next to this marker); Western-Rig Dragger Florence (within shouting distance of this marker); Master Shipbuilders (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastern-Rig Dragger Roann (within shouting distance of this marker); Propeller Steamer Sabino (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Training Ship Joseph Conrad (about 400 feet away); Lewis House (about 500 feet away); Brustolon House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mystic.
Also see . . . Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.