Saturday, September 03, 2011

Cape Cod Maritime Museum & Festival

The weather was sure different in Cape Cod as compared to Lancaster,Ohio.. A SCENIC SUNDAY, OUR WORLD, & WATERY WEDNESDAY post

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 MOREAs 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:

captn 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.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ohhhhnoooo, we missed this great place -- gotta' go back! The restaurant sounds good too.

Bill's not a fan of most museums, but he'd love this one, especially the boat-building part. I love all the new definitions. We did learn about the women on ships part of it at the whalers museums in New Bedford (which he also liked).

EG CameraGirl said...

What a GREAT museum! I guess that'll go on my bucket list. :)

Sylvia K said...

It does indeed look like a terrific museum, Joe! I would love to go there! Your photos are the next best thing to being there! Terrific! Hope you have a great week!


eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a great museum to visit. The seafood restaurant would be my hubby's favorite place. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing.

Arija said...

Your post was so interesting but I could not get any pictures to show in any way . . . I'll try to come back later.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Thanks for the beautiful tour!

My share Watery Wednesday.

Judy said...

Well, if the weather is miserable outside, what better to occupy your time than a lovely little museum? This one sure fits the bill!!

Tanya Breese said...

what a nice tour this was and now i am hungry for that clam chowder!

Jane Doe said...

I'm visiting via A Hocking Hill's Garden and your post caught my eye. I lived on the Cape and moved back to Ohio five years ago. Cape Cod is my most favorite place on the earth. Love the clam chowder and I just can't find anything like it here in Ohio.

I'm off to read your other posts on visiting the Cape. Thank you for sharing.

Jackie said...

An interesting museum my ex-US Navy DH would love I think. I had problems with some of your photo's too, until I double-clicked on the blank square, then the larger version showed up.
Nice pics. Jackie from Dickens country!

Arija said...

Back again and I was so right, your post is very interesting indeed and 'slush fund' was new to me. Thanks for the enlightenment. Maritime museums and boats and messing about in them are some of the things I enjoy, so thanks again for this post.
The only thing I did not like is that I am too far away to pig out on the clam chowder.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Ted Kennedy was so slim and handsome. (What do you expect from a woman commenting, a Kennedy boy gets all the ohh and ahhs.

Seriously, we have two maritime museum.

DeniseinVA said...

That's an interesting piece of history there. Great place to put on my bucket list, thanks so much for the wonderful tour.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Looks like a fun place, Joe!

June said...

You shoulda stopped on your way from Ohio to Hyannis, Joe.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Joe, Great pictures and explanations. I've been to the Cape and around that area ONCE... We were staying with friends near Boston --and just made a day-trip all around the cape. Nice day--but we need to go back and stay longer!!!!

Jenn Jilks said...

Splendid shots! I am so glad you included the mappie thing!

Anonymous said...

I love museums. Thanks for taking us with you on the trip :-)

David Edward said...

i am so jealous, i love boats and sailing. and backpacking, and my dog. and Jesus
( not in that order)
i also love that you visited and commented on Sugarloaf Mountain, thanks

SandyCarlson said...

The Cape is a wonderful place. You sure have captured the spirit here.

SandyCarlson said...

I hope you are feeling better!

Snowbrush said...

Hey, Joe, I didn't know that you had been that far afield so very recently. Peggy just came home from two weeks in New England.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joe: Great captures at the museum, reminds me of my time I spent in Mystic Seaport.