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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 5…. P’town, sand and a museum.

 

Day 5 of our Cape Cod vacation found us driving to the Outer Cape. About as out as you can get and still be on the Cape actually…

 

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Provincetown.

Or P’town as it’s known to the locals.

I’ve heard it’s the place to be in the summer, but it was November and the wall to wall tourists were long gone. Sadly, so was most of the fun as many places were closed for the season. But we managed to have a good time all the same.

As you draw near, you realize it’s unlike other sections of the Cape.

 

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John F. Kennedy designated a National Seashore here…

 

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And there are miles upon miles of unspoiled beach.

 

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As well as some pretty impressive sand dunes along the road.

 

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But it was cool, foggy and threatening rain so we kept driving… keeping an eye out for this:

 

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Thankfully it’s hard to miss on the skyline. Wanting to climb to the top for the fabulous views, I was unaware of the museum at it’s base.

 

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Never one to pass up a museum, we began strolling.

 

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The first thing you notice? Pilgrims.

 

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And Pilgrim history. Figuring it was because they landed up the coast at Plymouth… I had to admit I was shocked.

 

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Whaaaat? You mean my grade school teachers got it wrong…

And I went all the way to Plymouth to photograph a rock for nothing! Yes ladies and gentlemen, the Pilgrims landed in P’town first. And believe me when I say they take that fact very seriously at the museum.

 

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But it wasn’t all Pilgrims.

 

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The building was filled with maritime history…

 

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And a musk ox, like any good museum should be.

 

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There were recreations of a Captain’s ship board quarters…

 

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Which aside from the chamber pot, looked pretty comfy.

 

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As well as his home on land.

 

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There was an antique fire engine…

 

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And a wreath made of human hair.

 

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Because who doesn’t want one of those hanging on their living room wall?

 

 

There were maps of the Cape..

 

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With questionable artwork.

 

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Is it me, or is that Griffon in dire need of a Jane Russell 18 hour bra?

 

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There was some Arctic expedition fashion…

 

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Shoes!

 

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Even a rooster hat…

 

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And a couple of local celebs who clearly knew how to have a good time.

 

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Yes, there was a Mayflower replica…

 

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But it was the antique doll collection that made me want to run screaming from the room.

 

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Holy Hell, those things are creepy.

 

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I mean, come on…

 

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You know this one will be feasting on your flesh long before you’re dead.

 

 

Quick…

Find the monument before she gets hungry.

 

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