Well, the fiber tour is over but Pimla’s adventures in Maine continue. With no schedule to keep, we took our time getting out this morning. First stop was downtown Bath and the Mariner’s Compass Quilt Shop. In addition to working with fiber, I also have been known to hand stitch a quilt or two. I hadn’t planned on buying any fabric but you know what happens to the best plans! I knew I was in trouble when a bolt of lobster fabric caught my eye as soon as a I entered the shop. I mean, who can resist a lobster? That’s all it took to get the creative ideas rolling. I decided to make a quilt with fabrics depicting Maine. I’ve stopped buying trinkets that need dusting and now get souvenirs that have a useful purpose.
Time for mariner portion of today’s program. We toured the Maine Maritime Museum. This museum, devoted to the history of shipbuilding and lobster fishing, is located on the grounds of the former Percy and Small Shipyard. The museum building has exhibits detailing the history of shipbuilding and sailing. The expansive grounds of the museum house buildings from the original shipyard. Displays include antique boats, boat building, lobster fishing and a full sized replica depicting the keel of the sailing ship Wyoming, with the bow and stern outlined in steel and the length of the ship is filled with flagpoles flying nautical flags.
The highlight of the afternoon was a four hour lighthouse lovers cruise. We sailed down the Kennebec River, into the ocean along the coast, up through Booth Bay, around Georgetown island, and returning to Bath. We saw a total of ten lighthouses, harbor seals, and several osprey nests. Sailing along the coast afforded us views of beautiful scenery and coastal communities. A rain shower on our return trip gave us an unexpected bonus.
Our cruise ended with a pass by Bath Iron Works Shipyard. They are currently building a stealthy looking destroyer that doesn’t even look like a ship.
So, unlike Gilligan and his passengers, our cruise ended safely at the dock. It was a great afternoon spent on the water.