Exploring Bath

On Friday morning we dinghied to shore and then drove into Bath to explore the Maine Maritime Museum and the historic parts of town.

The Maritime Museum was pretty neat. Similar to the Mystic Seaport in some ways, with a museum building with art and artifact exhibits, and then lots of outbuildings and exhibits about milling, boatbuilding, and lobstering. We liked the tugboat and lighthouse re-creations a lot.

There was an exhibit about restoring the sea life to an underwater mountain range off the Maine coast. Visitors were encouraged to learn about that sea life and make a creation of one of the critters to hang in the gallery.

Outside, one of the really cool things was a sculpture that evoked the life-size schooner Wyoming, a six-masted vessel, the largest wooden commercial sailing ship ever built in North America, which was created and launched from this same spot in 1909. At more than 400′ from tip to stern, it’s the largest outdoor public work of art in New England. I could only get the stern in this picture.

Cecelia learned about pulleys and purchase, and explored a pirate ship.

After the museum, we walked down Front Street and checked some other parts of Bath out including an amazingly crammed used book store, and the local Bath Brewing Company.

We headed back to the marina after our exploration and got some laundry done. Back on the boat, the fog started rolling back in.

Not too much else exciting happened on this day, as it was an early night for everyone, with Phil leaving early in the morning.

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