OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Matthew Hinton, a young man from Ocean Springs is restoring a 72 year old piece of Biloxi maritime history. Hinton talks about the project while stands over an old collection of blueprints.
"These are the original blueprints of the Mystic," Hinton said.
The Mystic is an example of a day when wooden boats helped build Biloxi's heritage. She was built in 1936, and launched in 1939 as a yacht running charters to Chandelier Island. The classic Biloxi Lugger is being refurbished at Pitalo Marine in Gautier.
Matthew Hinton is reviving the 72 year old wooden boat and enjoying every minute of it.
"It's like I'm a kid in a candy store. It's a thrill," said Hinton.
The Mystic sat at the Ocean Springs Harbor from 1991 until Hinton bought it in 2009. He has some interesting plans for this boat in the next chapter of its life.
"I will do eco-tours, sunset cruises, family trips out to the barrier islands and offer kayak trips," Hinton said.
The 59-foot boat was originally named the Zoric, built for a New Orleans businessman. She was used to seep for mines during World War II, and then bought and sold several times.
The boat was constructed at the J.D. Covacevich yard in Biloxi by renowned boat builder Jackie Covacevich.
Hinton plans to put the Mystic in the water later this month.
"I've been waiting for that day. It's been on the yard for a year and a half. When we go to launch, I'll be so happy."