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Flash: Old Ironsides is White Oak

I must be my father’s daughter since I can’t ever pass up the opportunity to get on board a ship, whether it goes somewhere or it doesn’t.

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The USS Constitution is still a commissioned ship manned by humorous navy docents.  I wonder if having a sense of humor comes as part of the package when one joins the navy.  Most navy vets I know tend to have a “dry” sense of humor.

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The first one told us about the upper deck and the construction of the ship, which is 10% original.  The second deck docent instructed us on the daily lives of 500 sailors living on hard tack and grog.

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Some of the visitors had difficulty with the height of the ceilings in the “day of sail.”  These guys all adjusted in their own ways.

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Hope you are having a great weekend.  What are you doing this weekend?  My friend’s son, Matt, is picking me up soon, and driving me to see more sites outside of Boston.  🙂

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  1. Hi MVBFM 😀 I DO hope that you ARE your father’s daughter !! 😉 hehe.. I am so pleased that you are having a great time. Has Manny been captured by a press gang to serve in the Navy ? 😉 Ralph xox 😀

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    • He was the perfect size, and he wouldn’t have eaten much or gotten sick. He would have had tons of adventures. I think he would have made friends with the captain because he knew how to keep his mouth closed!

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  2. Marvelous!!!! I can never think of time better spent than time dribbled away bobbing in boats on the brine. The USS Constitution is quite a darling wee vessel, aye aye. SUPERB post!!!! Cheers,

    Autumn Jade

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  3. I presume your reference to the navy vets’ ‘dry’ sense of humor, is an intended pun. One might expect sailors to have a wet sense of humor. 😀 That’s a very impressive ship. Lucky you to get to have a look around.

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    • Yes, a not very subtle pun, at that. I am not the queen of puns, but I thought that one seemed appropriate. You are kind to catch it! Puns are kind of slimy humor. They just slip out sometimes. The sailors loaded us with so many factoids that I can’t repeat 1/100 of them, not that you would be interested without the skillful addition of humor. So there they lie buried at the bottom of the ship waiting for the next tourists to snatch them up and throw them at their friends. Lots of love to you Sylvia. 🙂

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  4. I was in Boston back in 1998 when “they” announced that Old Ironsides would be “going out.” Well, “they” are the publicists, but “going out” simply meant that she was being towed into the Bay, turned around, and pushed back. They do that twice a year so that she weathers evenly.

    She is the oldest “floating ship” but the oldest “sailing ship” is the Star of India right here in San Diego. It regularly goes out sailing under its own power several times a year. It is possible to buy a ticket to go sailing on it, but tickets have always been out of my price range, or at least the price range that I consider reasonable to do something like that. Maybe someday………………….

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