|on the U. S.S. Constitution, better known as "Old Ironsides"
I worked on my victory rolls as well, with limited success. I'm still not totally happy with them (so I'll just have to keep practicing), but they looked pretty good when I left the house this morning. Unfortunately, they weren't as wind-proof as I'd hoped, despite the copious amounts of hairspray, and the harbor winds wreaked havoc on my temporarily-straightened hair. Luckily, we'd already taken pictures!
|the U.S.S. Consitution
|looking over the prow
|the view from the Navy Yard
|a great vintage billboard in the yard--make sure to wear your safety shoes!
I've had a lot of friends visiting this summer (and more to come), so I've spent more time than usual doing touristy things like the Freedom Trail. The great thing about this is that I feel like I've been communing with the history of the area, and remembering why I love it so much. I've also been learning some new things! For example, did you know that it takes 8 days to sail a tall ship (a modern one that is, with engines) from Denmark to Boston? Two of the visiting tall ships were from Denmark and Norway, and their crew members were full of information.
|from the KNM Thor, the Norwegian ship
Also, did you know that the original figurehead on the Constitution was Hercules? A later one was President Andrew Jackson, but he was so unpopular in Boston that the figurehead's head was sawed off in the night! You can see the Jackson head and a model of the Hercules figurehead at the Constitution Museum, which is totally darling and fully interactive.
One of the battles "Old Ironsides" lead was the defeat of the British ship the H.M.S. Guerriere during the War of 1812. That bicentennial will be celebrated this August, and I will be present and dancing! I'm looking forward to it, and this weekend was a great way to motivate some more regency sewing. I learned a lot, and I look forward to exploring more of the summer's naval events!