Thursday, December 29, 2011

Maine Shipbuilding Heritage

Open year-round, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, offers an opportunity to explore the shipbuilding heritage for which Bath is so famous.
The museum is located just a few yards east of  Bath Iron Works which is still building ships for the military.

Very few shipbuilders were involved in building 6-masted schooners during the early 1900's.  The shipyard in Bath had the capabilities to build this fine ship. This painting is one of many on display at the museum.

The grounds of the Maine Maritime Museum include many outbuildings, as well as the original frame for the gigantic hulls.

In the background one can view the current shipbuilding industry, Bath Iron Works.

This diorama shows a typical shipbuilding day in Bath during the early 1900's.

Thanks to Kathy Perkins (Museum volunteer) for driving us around the expansive property in the electric cart.

Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
You have made my year a very happy one with your nice comments.
(For some reason, many of your blogs will not accept my comments.
The format seems very different from "comments" in the past.)

Posted by Picasa

This is my cat, Mandu (who is a very fun-loving Himalayan).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nautical Weather Vanes

Wind vane from 
Maine Maritime Museum in Bath

Wind vane, still in use in
 Wiscasset, Maine.  Settled in 1663.

Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December Morning on Penobscot Bay

"We usually have 5 feet of snow by now". they say.

Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Dominating the skyline

The Church of São Martinho

Land view

Taken from aboard the Azamara Journey at sea.

Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dundee, Scotland. RRS Discovery

Launched in Dundee in 1901, she was the last of the traditional wooden three-masted ships to be built in Britain. The Discovery Point  Museum in Dundee, where the RRS DISCOVERY is located,  is well worth a visit.

 National Antarctic Expedition (1901–1904)
 Discovery Oceanographic Expedition (1925–1927)

Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Where it all started.
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New London (Connecticut) Ledge Light

It is not always easy to get a photograph of this lighthouse from land. It sits at the entrance to New London Harbor. The view is often obstructed by fog, rainy weather, or poor lighting. It has been automated since 1987. 

Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 11, 2011

Frog Bridge, Willimantic, Connecticut

There are two bridge approaches to Willimantic.
The one I usually take was blocked by a  sluggish freight train. 
So I turned around and went to the Frog Bridge, so designated because it has frogs on all 4 posts. What caused me to grab my camera was the cloud formation. Read more about the Willimantic frogs by clicking here.

Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 7, 2011

Quinebaug River, Putnam, Connecticut

Quinebaug River, Putnam
Very impressive river view, as the river, fueled by recent rain and snowstorms spills over the boulders before passing under the bridge.

Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Private Covered Bridge

Located near Plainfield, CT.
Small bridge over a small brook on private property.

Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 20, 2011

General Rufus Putnam House, Rutland, Massachusetts

National Historic Landmark


Stairs to Upper Level (Bedrooms)


Dining Room

Cooked to Order Breakfast

Officers in the photos are members of the Topographical Engineers, New England Brigade.
(Civil War Re-enactors)

Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Civil War Reenactment, Chase Farm, Lincoln, Rhode Island

For over 25 years, I have helped with packing, driving, setup, take-down, and more for historical reenactments, related to Revolutionary War, French and Indian War, Civil War, and Roman Legion. I do not participate in the actual reenactment, since I am busy working on my applique pursuits while the reenactments are going on. (Original blog -- Applique on the Go.)

The following photos show some of the scenes in the Union camp (North) representing the Civil War during a recent reenactment in the state of Rhode Island.

A deceptively tranquil scene. Beyond the hill is the busy Union camp. (Notice the Union flag at the top of the hill, left center.)

The Confederates (South) are coming!

Posted by Picasa