I will start with an apology.
I know this is a woodworking forum - and posts of this sort are NOT really woodworking related.
In some way - they are - because I love things that are done with wood.
BUT - there are more things that I love.
A bit obsessively - but I love where I live and I love to brag about the place.
I live in Southeastern New England. It is a VERY maritime place among other things.
Todays brag is about one of my most favorite places on the earth - Newport Rhode Island.
Maybe you have heard about "Americas Cup" - it was here in Newport for over 100 years undefeated.
Famous people - The Vanderbilts, the Astors - and others - have influenced the place
The Navy has influenced.
If you absolutely hate this sort of post just tell me to stop and I will stop.
So for my visit on Fathers Day 2014 to New Port R.I.
The pilgrims get a lot of credit for a lot of stuff - but they kicked out Roger Williams and Rhode Island was born.
Well - Rhode Island is old - lets leave it at that.
I get a kick out of old stuff.
Newport has a rich history and many hundreds and hundreds of houses - I would say even thousands, on the national register of historic places.
Because all these houses are so close to and there because of Newport Harbor - many were sea captains houses. This is one of hundreds of houses we walked by today. It was the oldest house we saw - today. It is not the oldest house we have seen - it's just the oldest - today. This house as well as 99% of the rest were occupied. ALL - of the houses in this are are on the national register.
The oldest house we have seen and toured was in Plimouth Mass and that was the springer house built in the mid 1600's
This was just an interesting corner in the historic district.
BTW - the historic district is about all of Newport.
I am always looking for ideas of things to some day make - this one looked cool. It was in an antique store.
OK - just one picture here but I could write a small book on the 3 MAIN things in the picture. The bridge in the background has a cool history. The little square lighthouse just ahead of the bow of the ship is Rose Lighthouse - Civil way stuff. I am standing on Fort Adams - Civil War history. John F. Kennedy homestead "Hammersmith" is a stones throw away.
But no - it's ALL ABOUT that ship.
That ship is the Charles W. Morgan - Last Whaling Ship in the world from the Day of Whaling by Sailing ships. That one just underwent a 5 year, 7 million dollar restoration. Today, for the first time since 1941 it SAILED - from Mystic Conn to Newport Harbor. It was a New Bedford Whaler and made it's impression on that city of my birth from 1841 when she was built till her last whaling voyage (voyage 37) in 1926. Today marks her 38th voyage.
She is going to be sailing to several places and will be on display in New Bedford, and in Boston. I will be there on both displays and also to see her back in Mystic Ct.
I was fortunate to tour part of the restoration at the Carpenter shop in Mystic a couple of years ago. THAT - my friends IS FULLY - woodworking. Most of the restoration was done in period methodology - hand tools.
Today was a fully awesome day
I do hope you enjoy the few pictures I posted - I must have taken 50-75 pictures.