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Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax

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Last month I spent a very happy Saturday at Essex and Ipswich with my gentleman caller. We went to the Shipbuilding Museum (new-new-new book research!) and whiled away the afternoon at Crane Beach (above).

 

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If you are even a little bit into nautical things, I recommend a visit to the Shipbuilding Museum. Those guys are REALLY passionate about building and preserving old-fashioned sailing vessels.¬†Among other things, I learned the origin of the expression “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea”: the seam between the last plank on the deck and the side of the boat was known as the “devil seam” because it was so tricky to seal,¬†and if it began to leak mid-voyage one unlucky sailor would have to lower himself off the side of the ship to fix it up again.

 

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The rest of this post is just cool boat photos.

 

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3 Comments to Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    August 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Elliot would love this! Looks like you had a really lovely day :)

  2. Jen's Gravatar Jen
    August 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    This place looks amazing!

  3. Ang's Gravatar Ang
    August 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    gentleman caller!

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