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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boats at the ANMM

The Australian National Maritime Museum is looking very swish at the moment.  A favorite has always been the full-sized model of an American whaleboat, along with whalemen's scrimshaw, of which this swift is a fine example:

In case you are wondering, a swift holds a hank of woolen yarn so it can be wound into a ball.

There is also a very good exhibit devoted to HMS Sirius, which foundered off Norfolk Island in March 1790, including an anchor that was salvaged from the reef.

Perhaps what I liked best, this time, was a dramatic display of canoes on a wall.

Definitely worth a lengthy visit, if you happen to be in Sydney.

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