Hurricane Sandy Comes to Mystic

Greetings from a storm-weathered Williams-Mystic!

As a Program, we were very grateful to be safe during the storm and protected by our hurricane-certified Marine Science Center. Sunday afternoon, our class volunteered at the Seaport by helping to move a fleet of small boats, wooden benches, and other items to higher ground. The next afternoon, we departed the Williams-Mystic houses and moved with bedding and food into the roomy and generator-equipped Science Center. At the height of the winds, we could barely hear a thing! My classmates kept spirits high during the storm by playing games, doing dramatic readings of Moby Dick, and venturing out to see the high tide that crept several hundred feet away from the estuary.

Volunteering during Hurricane Prep At the Seaport

Thankfully, we missed only one day of class and were out of power for three days. We suspect Hurricane Sandy might have known that this past week was Storms Week at Williams-Mystic: in Literature we read Joseph Conrad’s Typhoon, learned about the science behind hurricanes in Oceanography, and had a taste of the complexity surrounding flood insurance policies in Marine Policy class.

Our thoughts are extended to those still recovering from flooding and power outages. Best of luck rebuilding, reconnecting, and recovering.

Fair Winds,


Author: williamsmystic

A one semester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, environmental policy, and literature of the sea.

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