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'AMISTAD' SHIP TO BE BUILT AT MYSTIC SEAPORT

Steven Spielberg's current epic, "Amistad," is expected to make millions of moviegoers want to know more about the slave ship and the 1839 revolt of 53 Africans being transported to the Americas.

Part of the historical movie was filmed on location at Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum in Mystic, Conn., where a full-scale reproduction of the schooner Amistad will be constructed beginning March 8. The $2.8 million, 77-foot, hand-hewn vessel is expected to set sail in 2000, plying America's waterways to teach history, cooperation and leadership.

In the meantime, visitors to Mystic Seaport can watch the ship being built by ship wrights, riggers, carpenters, ship keepers and other traditional craftsmen. The seaport also has a new Amistad exhibit, "Voyage to Freedom," displaying historical documents and artifacts from the film.

For Mystic Seaport, call (888) 973-2767. For other Amistad sites in Connecticut, call (800) CT-BOUND.