A Year of Reflection: Our Favorite Photos of 2021

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Farquhar Celestial Navigation Sphere Device 1X3, collection-number: 1953.0021.000001. Photo: Brock Switzer/ The Mariners’ Museum and Park.

If you’re reading this blog post, then, first, congratulations! You made it through 2021 or, as I’ve seen it called, 2020 part two. All joking aside, it has been a whirlwind of a year. Pandemic numbers ebbed and flowed like tides, and we all tried our best to return to some semblance of normalcy in our lives, most of us finding out that “normal” has changed.

For our part, the Museum reopened our galleries and invited you all to join us once more, to connect with the world’s waters and to each other. Our staff returned, events resumed, and our work continued. We never really closed at the onset of the pandemic. We simply switched to providing what we could to our community on virtual platforms. Now we are back in person, and Amanda and I have had a lot of photographing to do.   Read more

Way Back Wednesdays

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1952 exhibition space

Our first picture this month shows an old exhibition in 1953.  I’m not sure what the theme of the exhibition might be, but there are a number of lighthouse lenses displayed as well as part of the cockpit seat from Yacht America, the first winner of the America’s Cup.  For any of those that keep track, USA continued to hold onto the cup again last year in a nail-biting race.  America was designed by George Steers of George Steers & Co. and built by William H. Brown in 1850/1851.

A life-saving display in our courtyard exhibition in 1939.  The two little life-cars are still on display, one in our International Small Craft Center and the other in Abandon Ship.  Life-car’s were used to rescue people when a ship was foundering close to shore.  A line would be attached from the shore to the ship and the car would be pulled to shore with the people in it.  The hanging breeches buoy is also on display in Abandon ship.   Read more

Way Back Wednesdays

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School children with their bus May 1935

Time for the November Way Back Wednesdays photos!  Enjoy!

Above you can see school children on a trip to the museum posing in front of their bus in May of 1935.  I absolutely love old vehicles, and this bus is no exception.   Read more