Classes in celestial navigation and related topics
Classes at Mystic Seaport
Many of ReedNavigation's celestial navigation classes are hosted in partnership with the Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport, where I have a long history. The planetarium also offers other classes in coastal navigation, tidal phenomena, and marine weather. Be sure to visit their web site for more details.
Mystic Seaport is one of the world's premiere maritime museums. Its collection includes hundreds of historic vessels of all sizes. The centerpiece of the collection is the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, built in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1841. The Morgan and other American whaling vessels dominated the Pacific Ocean in the middle of the 19th century, thanks in large part to the science of celestial navigation including Time Sights and Noon Sun sights and also the more exotic method of lunars.
Mystic Seaport Museum is conveniently located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95. The small Mystic Amtrak station is an easy 20-minute walk from the museum's main gate. T.F. Green Airport, one of the most convenient and efficient airports in the US with numerous inexpensive flights to major cities, is a 45-minute drive away, just outside Providence, Rhode Island.
The Seaport Planetarium was re-named the Treworgy Planetarium in honor of the decades-long service of Donald L. Treworgy, who passed away in 2009. By the way, his family name, "Treworgy," is pronounced like "TRU-er gee"
The museum and the town
Mystic Seaport is the name of the museum. Mystic is the name of the historic village (which straddles the Mystic River estuary on the border between Groton and Stonington, Connecticut). Although many sources get it wrong, there is no such thing as "Mystic Seaport, CT".
Celestial navigation classes have been taught at Mystic Seaport since 1960, when celestial was at its peak. Classes were taught for decades by expert instructor Donald L. Treworgy. Most classes meet in the Susan P. Howell classroom in the lower level of the planetarium building. Susan Howell taught celestial navigation classes at Mystic Seaport in the 1970s and wrote an excellent introduction to the subject, "Practical Celestial Navigation", which was published just a few years before she was lost at sea in the sinking of the sail-training vessel Marques in 1984.
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