National Geographic : 1962 Aug
Autumn foliage overhanging the Connecticut River near Old Lyme heralds the end of the sail ing season. Weekend sailors, many from New York, cruise these waters in spring and summer. After a Lifetime at Sea, the Joseph Conrad Stows Sails Away at Mystic Seaport Launched at Copenhagen in 1882 as Georg Stage, the three-master trained generations of Danish seamen. Alan Villiers, sea captain and writer, bought the iron-hulled vessel in 1934 and rechris tened her for his favorite seaman-author. He sailed the square-rigger safely around the world, after she had been blown ashore in New York Harbor and nearly wrecked. Captain Villiers has written 17 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC articles over the past 31 years, from windjamming to testing the first atomic merchantman (page 280). Today the Joseph Conradserves as a wharfside classroom for Boy Scout Sea Explorers and Girl Scout Mariners who live aboard in summer to learn seamanship. Dipping with her net, a woman dredges succu lent bay scallops from the Niantic River.