Sunday, July 10, 2022

“Grandchildren restore our zest for life, and our faith in humanity.” -Unknown Author


First time away from home.  We spent our first night at Wakeda Campground in Hampton Falls, NH. Our RV had been waiting for us here during our stay in Boston.  A nice playground but Samira was sad there wasn't a pool.  I think roasting hot dogs and s'mores made up for it, or maybe it was playing in the fire.  
It takes everyone to set up camp.

Friday we had a short drive to Meadowbrook camping in Phippsburg, ME.  Short by adult standards, but an hour and a half can seem long to others! Nice campground with full hook-ups, a nice playground, a snack shack, and most importantly a pool.  

Ready for a dip in her new swim suit and goggles.  Cyrus wanted to stay with Grandpa.

Supposedly this funnel shape hole in the rock in our campground was worn by Indians as they ground corn into cornmeal and flour.

The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ME was only 10 minutes from Phippsburg.  If you don't do a boat ride, children 18 and under get in free. Besides the main museum there were other mini-museums in historic out-buildings, outside displays and a small play area.

The museum is on the banks of the Kennebec River and includes 5 of the historic buildings of the Percy and Small Shipyard.  Some 44 wooden ships, including the largest wood ship in the world, were built here from1894 through the1920's.  Most of these ships were used to transport coal along the east coast.

When we got to the traveling display, Zach Horn, Looking for Winslow Homer, the other 3 weren't impressed and abandoned me. Homer, born in Boston, moved to Maine in the 1880's where he painted monumental sea scenes.

Various other rooms in the museum had displays on area shipwrecks, early diving equipment, various ship models, a working first order Fresnel lens, and much more. It was very interesting and would easily take a day to view it all.

Maine Maritime Museum in Bass, ME. 

The ship's pilothouse was interactive and popular. It included a working horn and whistle.

Model of the 1944 destroyer made by Bath Iron Works next door.

An older radio used to allow communication between divers themselves and those on the surface.

1902 Pitch Oven for making pitch to seal  between the boards on the boats.

Sculpture, including it's 6 masts, of the largest wood ship in the world, the Wyoming made here in Bath.

Lobster trap rocking chairs

Doubling Point Lighthouse was built in 1898.

Fiddlers Reach Fog Signal with bell replica

Original bell

Built in 1917 for senior citizens, the Plant Memorial home is now a non -profit assisted living facility.

No room to take my camera as my backpack now houses 4 waters and snacks, but one of the Plant Home chimneys had an Osprey nest.

A water view of the Wyoming Sculpture.

Bath Iron Works Dry Dock.  It can take several days to move a boat into or out of dry dock.

On the right side is one of two destroyers.

Bath, ME

The Carlton Vertical lift train bridge only has a couple of trains a week these days.  Vehicle traffic now runs on the bridge located behind.   Not sure if they were expecting a train but we got to watch it being lowered. 

Replica of Maine's and America's First Ship, Virginia, built in 1607 in Bath.  Behind is the custom house.

Two young Osprey in the nest.

1851 American Clipper ship, Snow Squall.  It carried cargo along ocean trade routes. In 1864 it ran aground near Cape Horn. It lay abandoned for over a century. In the 1990's they recovered part of the ship and returned it to Maine.  It is the only remaining of hundreds of American-built Clipper ships that carried goods to New York, California, and China. 

Model of the Snow Squall

Where are the Piepers now?  Phippsburg, ME

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