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PPAC # 39: Old Boats

Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.


Last week for PPAC #38 Prescott Timeline, I had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Here are the featured bloggers for this week.  Their posts really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

Thank you so much for your 68 comments to PPAC #38 last week.


My Choices for PPAC #39: Old Boats

My desire to spend time on an old boat is zero, but touring them is a fun excursion. I’ve been on three in the last few years.

San Salvador – San Diego, CA

My friends call ourselves the History Girls because we were all history consultants in different California County Offices of Education. We started in our roles at about the same time and continued to travel as friends after we all had left the county offices to pursue other careers and interests.

Photo of the History Girls taken by Russel Ray, a blogger friend in San Diego
L to R Leslie, Laurie, Debbie, and Marsha.

Here is a little bit of information about the San Salvador. The original San Salvador is the oldest of the three old ships in today’s post.

In 1542 Jean Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to explore the coast of California. Cabrillo discovered San Diego Bay on September 28 of that same year and claimed the land for Spain. Continuing northward, he landed on Santa Catalina Island on October 7th then continued north as far as the Russian River, Cabrillo died on Santa Catalina Island of an infected injury on January 3, 1543.

This San Diego tour was more of a work in progress than a tour. As we walked into the area, there were educational tents set up before we got to the boat. It was like an outdoor museum with a few hands-on activities like knot tying. You will see that Manny was quite taken by the knot-tying lessons and the scaffolding.

Susan Constant – Jamestown, VA

This tour was part of the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher’s Training I attended with about 30 fifth and eighth-grade teachers from around the country.

About sixty years after Carillo from Spain discovered the coast of California three ships sailed for six months to the eastern shore of the continent from England in May 1607. The three boats together had room for 105 passengers and 39 crew. The boat we saw was also a re-creation completed in 1991. The original boat was about one year old when it sailed to the New World.

After dropping off its passengers to establish the British colony in Jamestown along the James River, the flagship, the Susan Constant, returned to England and continued its career as a trading ship.

USS Constitution – Boston, MA

This final tour happened during a trip to plan for the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in 2014. I went early to meet up with Eunice, a blogging friend from the area.

Eunice and Marsha

Nearly two hundred years after Susan Constant landed in Jamestown, the USS Constitution was launched from Boston Harbor in October 1797. By that time, the United States was an independent country and ready to roar. The USS Constitution was one of the first six warships constructed by the new country. Gaining fame in the War of 1812 for defeating four British frigates, it was nicknamed “Old Ironsides” because of its nearly indestructible iron construction. This is not a reconstruction and U. S. Naval officers still serve on it. It sails around the harbor for special occasions.

USS Constitution – the nation’s oldest commissioned warship

From exploring ships to trading ships to warships, these three types of ships shaped the world as we know it today.

Ships continue to be important. In addition, over the years ships supported migration, colonization, imperialism, world population growth via the transportation of food between countries, and science

A note about helping Ukrainians

“Many of us have already donated to Aid Agencies. But another Rebecca, blogging as Fake Flamenco drew another charity to my attention: World Central Kitchen: Chefs for Ukraine are providing hot nourishing meals to those in flight: and other chefs, in other places torn apart by war or natural disaster, undertake similar work. There are more suggestions here.”

Margaret 21 FROM PYRENEES TO PENNINES Check out her post!

Upcoming at Always Write

  • Story Chat – the fervent conversations about “Sweet Feeling” by Yvette Prior continues this week. At the end of them month, the summary will include at least one of your comments with links to your latest blog post.
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  • Coming soon an inteview with 12-year-old Olive, the famous bull rider in my last Sunday Stills Post.
  • We have friends staying with us from CA from March 11-15, so if I’m slow in answering comments and getting out posts, I hope you’ll understand and forgive me.

Now it’s your turn

You don’t have to choose boats as your topic this week for PPAC. Take us on your virtual tour and share the public art you’ve found. It’s a blast. Thanks for participating and have a wonderful week blogging.

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  1. When I lived in San Diego, I would see old boats along the harbor. I never really thought about it as a art at the time but you have convinced me. The U.S.S. looks like a barebones building with all its triangles but it floats. And oh hi, Manny :-).

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    • Hi Miss Julie. That boat should be all done and out sailing. Tell me if you see it. Love, Manny. It was something we stumbled on at the time. It was a fun mini-tour.


    • Anne, your like button didn’t come up for me, but I love your post. It’s very moving. Thank you for sharing it. I left you a comment on your blog.


  2. Thank you for mentioning my blog in your list of featured bloggers Marsha.
    I actually love boats. I know absolutely nothing about them, but I love looking at them. I find it so calming for some reason. I’ve lots of photos here and there of many types of boats. Not all old boats though.
    It’s lovely that you and the History Girls met up for some quality time. You all look very happy in the photo. I learned about knots when I was a scout leader a few years ago so I would’ve liked that part of the tour. Poor Teddy! Hahaha!
    Not sure I would climb the scaffolding though.
    The history of the boats are very interesting. Fine vessels they are too. You’re right when you say that ships were and still are important to us. I travelled on ships long before I flew.
    Great post Marsha.

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    • It’s interesting that you traveled on ships before you flew. I think I played on boats, but I didn’t travel by boat before I flew. I grew up in the Midwest and our main water was the Great Lakes. Even though they were large, they didn’t get you far enough from home. 🙂


  3. such a great post with wonderful history on San Salvador and the incredible boat, your labor of love as a teacher schlepping 30 kids to experience rich history forever in their hearts Marsha. My daughter misses her annual trips to Washington DC taking the 8th graders. fingers crossed it will happen again!
    Great ways to help Ukraine and not sure if you saw i posted David’s wife’s PayPal account for donations on my thursday post as well! 💖💖💖🌈🙏

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  4. Thank you friend I am glad Boston was fun for you I was just out of shoulder surgery and here years later the other one is acting up lol I have to stop getting older xo


  5. Fascinating histories behind these old ships. I saw the Susan Constant in Jamestown but hadn’t heard of the other two. Thanks for the history lesson!


  6. Marsha, I read your post with great interest since I like learning about boats, ships, and their history. I love your group name the History Girls. Beautiful photos and so wonderful that you got to see the USS Constitution. Have a fun-filled week with your friends visiting from CA!

    My PPAC entry this week is three modern sculptures that have something to do with the sun, the moon and dreaming:

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  7. That’s a lot of naval history. That time as the new world was being discovered is filled with so many great stories. Coincidentally I posted just today about an old ship in the area here on Lake Ontario. It too comes with a wonderful story behind it. Thanks for sharing Marsha and also sharing about the chefs charity for Ukraine. What a great idea. Have a fabulous weekend!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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