I’m not a sea lawyer but I will say when Linda and I visited Cape Cod in early June of 2011 the temperature was ”chilly”. On arriving in Yarmouth Mass. after checking into our motel we headed out to buy a couple hooded sweatshirts. To our surprise we discovered The Cape Cod Maritime Museum and Festival (on the Hyannis waterfront June 11th and 12th 2011.. 10th annual)
The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is a nonprofit organization based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Cod's first museum dedicated to the maritime culture of the area. READ MORE… LOCATION,LOCATION,LOCATION
The museum is in the heart of Hyannis, within walking distance of Main Street and ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Just about ready to step inside but first a quick look outside.
Rudder:A board:shaped swinging vane, controlled by a tiller or wheel, and attached to the rudderpost or stern for steering and maneuvering a vessel.Oh did I mention it was Chilly,Raining,and Breezy.
Due to its large natural harbor, Hyannis is the largest recreational boating and second largest commercial fishing port on Cape Cod. As we step inside we are greeted by:
I’ve heard it said, “ It wasn't unusual to see Ted Kennedy walking down the dock at the Hyannis Port Yacht Club with his Portuguese water dogs Sunny and Splash by his side on the way to sail his beloved 50-foot wooden schooner, Mya.” LINK to YouTube sailing video
My “rudder in life” Linda standing beside the “Swee’Pea”..Notice the hooded Cape Cod sweatshirt
Timbers:On wooden vessels, the frames or ribs of a ship, connected to the keel, which give shape and strength to the ship's hull.
Did you know: Tidy:The word is derived from the tide hence the meaning of being well arranged and methodical as associated with tides
18’ rowing skiff
A new term for me: Slob: Loose and broken ice in bays, or along exposed edges of floes.
Check out the Life Saving Ladder. I’ll be the ladder got more use aiding swimmers back aboard after an intentional dive from the deck.. Now, time to head downstairs where they actually build boats and give lessons.
In the Boat Shop I had the chance to meet Jim and see the men at work.
Introduction to Boat Building: This is an entry-level course on boatbuilding, which explores basic lofting, layout and terminology that goes with the construction of a ten-foot skiff. READ MORE…As I said the Maritime Festival was going on but the weather was not cooperating. A few photos from the Festival.
FYI: Sirens: Mythical sea nymphs who charmed men with their melodious voices. Enchanted, the men would stop all work to listen and they would ultimately die of starvation because of their inability to sail any further. I had to get Linda away from the hard working men in the boat shop. LOL…
Slush fund:The practice of the ship's cook putting the fat from the bottom of the food barrel into a "slush fund" where it was stored until they reached the port where it would be sold to tanneries or candle makers.. and now you know…
Clean:Referring to the lines of a vessel's hull when they give a a fine and unobstructed run from bow to stern so that she moves through the water smoothly…and yes they are. Well now I’m getting hungry so off we go:
Their clam chowder is out of this world. Actually they are the Triple Crown Chowder Champions. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week…. Ok one more I couldn’t resist:::
Son of a Gun:
(1) Born aboard a warship. Derived from the days when women were allowed to live in naval ships. The ‘son-of-a-gun’ was one born on a warship, often in the greater space near the midship gun, behind a canvas screen. If paternity was uncertain, the child was entered in the ship’s log as a “Son-of-a-gun.”
(2) This expression comes from the term for children conceived on the gun decks of a ship. When in port, women were often brought on board. Since the sailors had no private quarters, they would sling hammocks between the guns or cannons for their liaasons.