Category: connecticut

What Everybody Ought to Know about Connecticut

It’s not a big state–no news there. It has the highest per capita income and median household income in the U.S. Maybe only a few folks on your trivia team know that, but it’s not something EVERYBODY should know. By my standards what they ought to know is that for a small state seen as […]

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Build a Ship like in the Olden Days

Mystic Seaport in Connecticut may not actually give you the chance to build yourself, but you can get an incredible view of skilled craftsmen who are doing just that. Whether building new boats or repairing and restoring historic vessels, there’s always something going. And the facilities are mind-blowing. When I visited, the Charles W. Morgan […]

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Why So Many Sailors had Tattoos of Naked Ladies

Tattoos were a sailor’s talisman, rabbit’s foot, and security blanket all rolled into one permanent lucky charm. They tattooed what they hoped for – both the positive and the absence of negative. Tattoo Symbolism A pig and/or rooster meant that you wouldn’t drown. Since neither animal can swim, their presence in tattoo form would float […]

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Why Ships had Figureheads

First, you may be asking, what is a figurehead? It’s the ornately carved wooden statue mounted to the end of a ship from days gone by. If you want to be specific, the end of the ship is called the prow. If you want to be really specific, “days gone by” can be chronicled as […]

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Time Waits for No One at the American Clock and Watch Museum

Disclaimer: this is a terrible scan of a low resolution photo, that was printed at a small size. Now, I don’t even wear a watch (haven’t for 15+ years) and yet I was compelled to visit the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut. Why? It’s fascinating to study a collection of a single […]

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