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Nautical Night at the MIT Museum

March 30, 2017

USS Constitution Museum Staff are excited to present at Nautical Night – the annual MIT Museum event that celebrates the sea, and MIT’s rich history in nautical design and research. Join us at this free event and enjoy the interactive demonstrations, short talks, and a rare chance to view plans and prints from the Hart Nautical collection. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

Plot Your Course!
Learn a few basics about traditional navigation by plotting courses on a copy of a vintage chart of Narragansett Bay.

The Art of Traditional Boat Design 
Traditional half-hull model carving by Alden Burnham, boatbuilding instructor with Community Boat Building.

Hart Nautical Collections Display
See a choice selection of original plans and beautiful marine prints on display, only during this program.

The Magic of Good Knots!
Learn to tie a few of the best knots that you can use in a thousand ways, on land or at sea, from a tall ship sailor.

Constructing “Old Ironsides” (presented by the USS Constitution Museum)
Explore the design, tools, American materials, and craftsmen who built and launched USS Constitution in 1797.

Draft a Boat
Using drafting tools and hand drawing skills, create part of Herreshoff’s Columbia as a line drawing.

Pull Your Weight!
Explore the interesting mechanical advantages of blocks and tackle with Harken cutting edge marine hardware. A Harken representative will explain the uses of various types of hardware and provide opportunities to operate and understand their advanced features.

Short Talks
Hear from Kurt Hasselbalch, the MIT Museum’s Curator, Hart Nautical Collection, and other nautical experts.

More information about this event can be found at


Date: March 30, 2017

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm



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