Connecticut's Flagship & Tall Ship Ambassador


Freedom Schooner Amistad was built at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport in 1999 and launched on March 25, 2000.

The re-created Amistad was built using traditional skills and traditional construction techniques common to wooden schooners built in the 19th century. Some of the tools used in the project were the same as those that might have been used by a 19th century shipwright. Tri-Coastal Marine, designers of Freedom Schooner Amistad, used modern computer technology to provide plans for the vessel, bronze bolts are used as fastenings throughout the ship, the modern Amistad has an external ballast keel made of lead and two Caterpillar diesel engines. None of this technology was available to the early 19th century builders.

Amistad Spec. Sheet

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In the Beginning...

Over the course of the past 25 years Amistad Committee Inc. has feverishly organized, advocated, struggled and triumphed in the tasks of erecting the Amistad Memorial (1992), establishing the Connecticut Freedom Trail(1996), supporting the launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad (2000) and scores of achievements in the preservation of African and American history in Connecticut.

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