I have been absent from these pages for some time, in large part due to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the continent of Australia. It was a magnificent trip, and going there is well worth your time, effort and wherewithal should you get the opportunity.
Part of the trip was spent in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and an extraordinary city by any measure. While there, I had the great pleasure to get a tour of the United States Gallery of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Paul Hundley, curator of the gallery, has been in Sydney for 18 years, being a native of Minnesota and having worked at a TMM sister institution, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. He gave me a great tour of the gallery.