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Day 4…. the Mariners’ Museum

 

If you’re not a fan of museums, or history, or naval war battles and the Civil War Ironclads?

 

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Please feel free to skip the next dozen posts because that’s probably how long it’s going to take me to document this amazing place in Newport News, Virginia.

 

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It was an overcast day that was threatening rain so I thought this would be a good choice. I had no idea what to expect and was ready to pay a large ticket price… so imagine my surprise when I saw this.

 

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My first reaction was… man, this place must bite.

But oh, was I wrong.

 

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Upon arrival this magnificent eagle greets you.

 

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It’s a remarkable carving and was lovingly restored from it’s original perch on the bow of this ship.

 

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Look closely, it’s there. And gives you some perspective of how large those ships really were.

Next up was a light.

 

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But not just any light.

 

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And if these were the items in the lobby?

 

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I knew we were going to have a great day.

 

 

There are 2 distinct areas of the museum to visit, but being a Civil War buff? I had to choose this first.

 

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The Ironclads.

 

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If you know nothing about them? Hang on.

 

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You will by the time I’m through with you.

 

 

Great.

Let’s continue….

 

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Turning the corner, we entered this bizarrely blue movie theater that told the story of the Monitor’s sinking.

 

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Turn another corner…. and there she was.

Right under your feet.

 

 

And by watching the films, you come to realize how truly dedicated these people are to preserving history.

 

 

I found it quite moving.

Around the next corner…

 

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Some interesting artifacts and a glimpse into our Naval past.

 

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I tend to read faster than the husband and am always a few exhibits ahead.

 

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Interestingly enough most people think of the Battle of the Ironclads as the Monitor vs the Merrimack, but technically that’s incorrect.

 

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This was the Merrimack.

 

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She was originally a Union ship that was captured by the Confederates when Gosport fell.

 

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She was damaged, but thanks to this man…

 

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Would be overhauled, covered in iron plate and turned into the CSS Virginia.

 

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The Confederate’s Ironclad.

 

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This is the museum’s recreation of her outfitting.

 

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And what she looked like upon completion.

 

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The Merrimack no longer.

 

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There, you’ve learned something.

Now that wasn’t so bad… eh?

 

 

No! Not boring.

It’s history!

 

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And how many of your friends can say they’ve seen inside a Civil War Ironclad?

 

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None, I tell you!

None.

 

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But now you have…

And are sure to be the envy of all your neighbors at the next block party.

 

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Cape Cod Day 4….Martha’s Vineyard

 

The forecast for Veteran’s Day was warm and bright so we decided to book passage on the Steamship Authority’s car ferry over to the Vineyard. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I was tickled pink. Having no idea where, how much, or when…. we dropped by the ticketing office the night before and were rewarded with these –

 

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Free tickets for the husband.

How sweet was that?

 

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We reserved a spot on the 9:30am ferry from Woods Hole and were told to arrive half an hour before departure. Ever the type A personality, I made sure we were there 45 minutes prior and as soon as we pulled up, they pointed us towards the 8:15 freight trip and boom!

We were on board.

 

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With a giant load of Christmas trees.

 

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Being used to small Maine island ferries, I was amazed at how large these ships were.

 

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And how clean, and how spacious, and what great views they afforded.

 

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We happily roamed around taking pictures…

 

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And found a snack bar!

 

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Okay…. it wasn’t open off season, but still. If you want a snack on a Maine ferry? You better dig in your purse for that crushed pack of Nabs from 2003.

And then, before we knew it….

 

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We were there.

 

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Approaching Vineyard Haven.

 

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And yes, it was just as beautiful and quintessentially coastal New England as you would imagine.

 

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Here’s another ferry getting ready to depart, so you can see how large they are.

 

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We had booked an 8:30pm trip back, so we arrived ready to spend the whole day exploring.

 

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Of course none of the tourist information kiosks were open this time of year and we had no utter clue where we were going. ( I didn’t find this map until we were ready to leave.)

So we just drove.

 

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Past weather beaten waterfront homes…

 

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And homes…

 

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That had their own private lighthouses.

 

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How cool is that?

 

Cape Cod Day 2, a feel for the Cape…. and food.

 

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Leaving Hyannis, we headed out on Route 28 towards Dennisport.

 

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Past marshes…

 

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Windswept grasses…

 

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And homes that perch along the shores.

 

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With weathered shingles and wide porches to catch the breeze and the views.

 

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These are the homes I think of when I envision the Cape.

 

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Fabulous places built to withstand the elements.

 

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And windmills?

 

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No, not usually. But we saw quite a few of them.

 

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As well as homes with their very own lighthouses.

 

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Tell your mother in law her bedroom is up there and see how often she comes to visit.

 

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But enjoying the scenery is hard work, so…

 

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Lunch….

 

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At Clancy’s in Dennisport.

 

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Perched on the Swan River….

 

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We dined, and drank… with a view.

 

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And since cranberries rule in the Cape…

 

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I had the Cape Cod cranberry mule.

 

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Along with some rich creamy chowder…

 

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And a wonderful scallop roll I forgot to photograph until I had demolished it.

 

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I know.

 

 

But hey, I was hungry… be happy you got soup.

 

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And a picture of the pretty ladies room sinks…

 

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With free salt rub, that the bartender told us everyone steals. Bowl, saucer, spoon et al.

WTH ladies?

Share with your sisters.