Fiddlers Green is pirate speak for heaven. And I imagine that The Maritime Museum in San Diego would be such a place should there be any old buccaneers still a swashbucklin’ out there.
The Museum includes a varied collection of submarines, steam ships, historic sailing ships, and replicas.
This landlubbin’ and slightly claustrophobic lass skipped the submarines and headed straight for the wooden vessels.
The America is a replica of the first vessel that won the famed America’s Cup.
The HMS Surprise is a 1970 replica of the 18th century Royal Navy frigate, Rose. The movie Master and Commander was filmed on the Surprise.
I was drawn to the faded paint, the heavy flapping sails, the creaky wooden floors, and the seemingly endless amounts of knotted ropes. I loved the musty salty smells and the sound the water made as it lapped against the thousands of crusty barnacles that clung tightly to the hulls.
I always seem to sneak in here somehow……
ALWAYS a strong beautiful woman leading the way!
The Star of India is the world’s oldest active sailing ship, built in 1863.
I loved these stained glass windows and other beautiful details.
I can only image the adventures that these beautiful ships have experienced. And all of the many interesting people who have come in contact with them over the years.
Voyages on the open seas, visits to distant shores, and discoveries of every imaginable kind.
Oh the thrill of it all!
*The last photograph is one that I took of a Jack London photograph at the museum. I just wanted to make sure it is credited to him originally