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September 13, 2014
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upon your victory ship. The SS Victory, that is.

That big ship that sits behind the aquarium, it has a name and it is The SS American Victory Mariners Museum. Fact, I like to explore my hometown like a tourist. This big ship was a stop I had wanted to make for a while, but never seemed to make it over there in time. Finally, I boarded the victory ship and it was pretty great.

First off, it doesn’t move. Now that may not seem so exciting, but it meant everything to me. Another fact, most boats make me sick, if they are moving. This trip, no wooziness, no headache, no lightheadedness…awesome! It was the best of both worlds. It provided all the nautical goodness that an old ship had to offer with the stability of land.

Second, the mid-century paraphernalia. Design and architecture from the late 1940’s- 1950’s really float my boat, pun intended. The ship was built in 1945, in my favorite era. As I wandered about the museum, I was drooling over the craftsmanship, detail and design. Everything had a function and was also pleasing to look at. That balance of form and function is a trademark of vintage design and why I am so drawn to it.

Third, the wear and tear was just plain beautiful. From the rusted metal on the deck, to the worn wood panelling in the bay, there was no shortage of texture to admire. Although the ship had been restored, much of the loveliness that time and age had bestowed on it had been maintained.

Added bonus, there was a room that was almost entirely mint green. I didn’t want to leave, it was gorgeous!

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