Aside from visiting the alma mater, there are ships and a maritime museum I had to see.
A short bus ride took me from my lodgings in the city to Penn’s Landing. The day started off with a short walk along the riverfront while while waiting for the Independence Seaport Museum to open.
Light poles that look like masts:
View of the Moshulu, Olympia, and Becuna (tucked behind Olympia) in the basin:
The Independence Seaport Museum exhibits were of both personal and professional interest. I have to say that I really enjoyed the time I spent there. Here are some highlights.
I loved the woodcut print graphics that were part of the Rescues on the River exhibit, which covered various maritime disasters along the Delaware River:
My local pilot friends will be happy to see that their colleagues are recognized in the exhibit (as first responders along with the Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers):
Carpet map of the Delaware River passes under a replica of the Ben Franklin Bridge:
Model of the Five Fathom Bank lightship (United States Lightship LV-79):
Workshop on the Water, the museum’s boat shop:
Tools of the sailmaker’s trade in the Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River exhibit:
I have to admit I smiled when I came across this Worthington reciprocating pump. It was like meeting up with an old friend:
I really liked this timeline design from Patriots & Pirates:
Model of a shipyard:
Ship from interactive game about pirates:
This “Tattoo-a-Tron” was pretty cool:
You can sit down and choose a design to have “tattooed” on your arm.
Hello Sailor: The Sailor Icon in Pop Culture featured various images of sailors:
This was part of the Community Gallery Series, in which the museum works with guest curators to create exhibits.
I found this model of the brig, Elizabeth Watts, quite interesting:
Text from the label in the case:
“The first vessel specifically constructed for the carriage of oil, her hull was subdivided into eight tanks and two of her lower masts were hollowed to allow for expansion and to keep the oil pressurized. On her maiden voyage, she carried 901 barrels of rock oil and 428 barrels of coal oil…”
More to come about Becuna and Olympia in Part 2.