A friend and I went to the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia today and had a fabulous time exploring all the exhibits featuring ships down through the ages. Of course, his main interest was the Monitor Turret... more about that later. There was so much to see and do that perhaps I need to do an entire blog on just the Monitor!! We'll see.
The place is quite impressive. There was so much that I did not get pictures of. I will have to go back. The Museum has 60,000 square feet of gallery space. No way we got to all of it today. Thanks to their website I have this picture of the museum to share with you. (I forgot to take a picture of the building. duh)
This is an enlargement of the top of the 'statue' if that's what you want to call it...out front. An early sailing vessel sitting atop a directional vane on top of a world sphere. Men were to set sail to discover new and wonderful lands.
There are so many intricately hand-constructed boat models depicting man's ability to sail around the world. So beautifully done. You'll just have to see them to believe them!!
This device caught my eye. I found out it is a Orrery and planetarium from ca. 1812. Notice the small planets revolving around the sun. The moon has a path around Earth.
A portrait of Lord Horatio Nelson
This flag flew from the Confederate ship Alabama during the Civil War. Naturally I had to take a picture of it... me being from Alabama and all that, you know!!
Two of the ship figureheads on display at the museum
Enough for today... the next post will be about the Monitor Center at the Mariner's Museum.