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Mystic Seaport Scale Model | Photography Slide Show

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A church in the downtown area on the west bank

A church in the downtown area on the west bank

Workboat being launched at the D.O. Richmond boatyard.

Workboat being launched at the D.O. Richmond boatyard.

Out to sail on the Mystic River

Out to sail on the Mystic River

Victoria

Victoria

Next to the N.G. Fish & Co. store on lower Water Street

Next to the N.G. Fish & Co. store on lower Water Street

The view from Fort Rachel

The view from Fort Rachel

Home along the west side of the Mystic River

Home along the west side of the Mystic River

Shore Line Railroad crosses a wooden trestle

Shore Line Railroad crosses a wooden trestle

Construction of a home in Mystic

Construction of a home in Mystic

Mystic Bridge, the town on the east bank of the river

Mystic Bridge, the town on the east bank of the river

At home in Mystic

At home in Mystic

Horse and buggy riding through Greenmanville

Horse and buggy riding through Greenmanville

Man on bridge fishing in the Mystic River

Man on bridge fishing in the Mystic River

Visitors' faces in background help show scale

Visitors' faces in background help show scale

Coriolanus, a square-rigged whaling vessel

Coriolanus, a square-rigged whaling vessel

Greenmanville Seventh Day Baptist Church, built in 1851

Greenmanville Seventh Day Baptist Church, built in 1851

House at Adams Point

House at Adams Point

A “company town” around the Greenman Shipyard at Adams Point

A “company town” around the Greenman Shipyard at Adams Point

Sailing vessel on the Mystic River

Sailing vessel on the Mystic River

The Charles Mallory Shipyard

The Charles Mallory Shipyard

Clipper ship Elizabeth F. Willets built at the C.H. Mallory yard, launched in 1854, set a record for fast passage between Hawaii and New Bedford, Massachusetts

All photos/art by Julie Bidwell

Scale models rarely surpass their real life counterparts, but among the countless treasures of Mystic Seaport is an impressive diorama of the area as it was in the 19th century. The 1:128-scale model represents more than 50 years’ work by one man, Arthur Payne.

A surprise to many who visit the seaport, the model is overwhelming, with minute details and carefully crafted land, architecture, and atmosphere. The detailed model represents one mile along the Mystic River as it appeared in the 1850s through the 1870s, when this little community produced a greater tonnage of ships and steamers than any place its size in America. Five working shipyards are shown. The photographs are by Julie Bidwell.

See the complete exhibit at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.

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