Jul

4

 Our family visited Mystic historic seaport this weekend. Though most of the day was spent chasing a rambunctious toddler across the village square, we did manage to board a few of the Tall Ships and Schooners on display. One interesting fact is some of the 100 foot schooners were working long line fishing vessels up into the 1950s. The advantages of sail and maneuverability severed them well into the modern age. They would fish the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and would stay at sea for up to a month if they were salting fish, versus icing them which allowed only for shorter trips. It is impressive to see a design that functioned so well for over 100 years. Looking at any of these old boats at port one can almost sense their pining for the distant seas again.

Happy 4th to all,

Duncan


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