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Friday, July 28, 2006

And Now for Something Completely Kitschy

Scouring the web for items related to maritime history sometimes turns up some mildly bizarre and kitchy stuff. Here's a couple of examples:
  • A maritime history enthusiast built an 88-foot model of the doomed cruise liner Titanic in the back yard of his Scotland home. The BBC reports that the model took six years to build.
  • The Maritime Hotel, constructed for New York's National Maritime Museum in 1966, has become the hottest hipster hangout in the Big Apple, apparently because all the windows resemble portholes, and all the rooms face west toward the Hudson River and New Jersey.
Send me your maritime history news of the wierd via the comments feature or via e-mail and I'll post it here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is "New York's National Maritime Museum"?

Do they mean South Street Seaport, which along with The Mariners Museum was named "America's Maritime Museum" through a hokey act of Congress? 'Cause if they do, judging from the map on the website, it's nowhere near South Street Seaport. And SSS ain't a National Maritime Museum.

Just wondering.

7:23 AM

Blogger Joe Follansbee said...

Good question. The article on the website doesn't say. Just goes to show that you can't trust the info on a website. (Probably including this one. :P )

7:32 AM


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