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Mariners’ Museum 4…. in miniature.

 

The next section of the museum was fascinating if you’ve ever been a fan of model ships.

 

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Growing up I had a friend whose father had a passion for it, and while his were lovely….

 

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There were nothing like the ones on display here.

 

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Case after case of fabulous ships.

 

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Even the most famous ship of all.

 

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Complete with icebergs…

 

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There was even a model of a ……

 

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Yeah, I had no clue what it was either.

 

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Anyway you look at it, they were all impressive. But when the docent asked us if we’d been in the masterclass room yet…

 

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I realized there was a whole other level of craftsmanship.

 

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These models?

 

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Were simply works of art.

 

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The detail was almost unbelievable.

 

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I’d never heard of Mr. Crabtree….

 

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But my proverbial hat was off to him.

 

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I can’t even imagine the patience it took to create these beauties.

 

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They were exquisite.

 

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And if that doesn’t knock your socks off?

 

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Oh, come on.

That’s crazy!

 

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Bravo August.

You certainly did that…

 

 

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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