Thursday, August 29, 2013
When you visit the Columbia sailing ship, you don't have to stay up on deck looking at all that crummy scenery. You can go "below decks"! If you like cramped spaces, then this is for you. It looks OK here, devoid of people, but imagine it full of unwashed sailors. It would be pretty dark down there ordinarily, but for a whale oil lamp. There are tankards on the mast for your serving of grog (add some lime juice so you don't get scurvy), and a sturdy table where you can eat your salt beef and salt cod, lobscouse, spotted dog, hare soup, goose and truffle pies, treacle-dowdy, solomongundy, portable soup, syllabub, and so many other treats.
Carpenter's tools were important on a wooden ship. A storm broke your mast in two? No problem, a little Elmer's glue, some thumbtacks, and some glitter (to make it pretty) - voila! That saw can take off a leg too, if you have a severe cutlass wound. Ropes and grapnels are handy for playing "Batman". If the photographer had only panned a bit to the right, we would be able to see the early wooden version of Ms. Pac Man.