|Piece of a boat - I don't know what piece|
Still, 15 years was a good run for a wooden vessel. One of the points the Museum stressed was that maritime shipping in the days of the tall ships was not about adventure or glory or swashbuckling. It was about making money. Between dry rot and ship worms and weather, the life of a wooden ship was limited in the best of circumstances. If you were able to move enough cargo during the ship's lifetime to pay for the cost of building it along with a reasonable profit, it was a success and the Wyoming certainly managed that. The eventual, inevitable loss of the vessel was simply a cost of doing business.
|Ships figurehead - mermaids are out, tycoons are in.|
One thing I did learn is that they used models in the building of the ships. They would literally build a precise scale half-ship model that served as the ship blueprint, then they would measure distances on the model and multiply by "the magic number" to get the length of the piece of wood they needed. It seems kind of haphazard and obviously most of the construction was based more on the experience and knowledge the shipbuilder had gained on the last dozen boats he had put together.
For the most part, I had to agree with Christopher on this particular Museum. In the end, it just did not seem that interesting to look at a collection of model ships. So, we decided to give up on museums for the moment and go shopping.
|Model boat... weekend hobby?|
I generally have no use for LL Bean since they don't make anything even approaching my size, so after the first snail's pace drive through town, I was ready to go back to Boothbay, but Vicki desperately wanted to have an LL Bean experience, so... well, I'll let her tell it.
|LL Bean mother ship with giant water proof boot in front|
Those of you who know me are aware that in the past I really loved to shop. Having a son, who is very similar to his father, means that I haven’t really been able to shop much on vacation in the past because they just wouldn’t
tolerate it. That prepared me well for the full time RV lifestyle in which one just can’t shop much because there’s no place to put anything new. We have to live by the rule – new item in, old item out. I think Roger has a harder time with this than I do. He actually likes to shop, albeit only from Amazon. But I digress.
|Water proof shoes?|
For as long as I can remember I have been ordering items from the L.L.Bean catalogue, or more recently on line. So when I read in my tour book that the L.L.Bean flagship store is in Freeport, ME, I just had to go. Chris refused to come, but Roger agreed because we had some other chores to do. However, he wouldn’t come inside.
|Hunting and Fishing store|
The L.L.Bean flagship store is a big tourist draw because it is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The mail-order “store” was started in 1912 and named for Leon Leonwood Bean who invented a waterproof hunting boot to sell, hence the giant boot on the outside of the entrance. There is the main store, the home store, the hunting store, an outlet store, an L.L.Bean restaurant and I not sure what else because I didn’t go to all of them. I just went to the women’s section on the 2nd floor and bought a lightweight fleece jacket and a summer blouse.
So there you have it. An exciting afternoon in Freeport , Maine. Alternatively, you can save yourself the drive, avoid the crowds and congestion, make your own coffee, order your fleece jacket and summer blouse online and have them magically appear on your doorstep in 3 or 4 days. Your choice.
Shots from touring around Boothbay Harbor