Apologies, thanks and maritime artifacts at the London Science Museum

Sorry that I haven’t posted much here in the past month but the Mello family went to England for Christmas and while I hoped to be able to contribute to Sea-Fever from afar, I had pretty spotty Internet access this trip and heck it was Christmas and all.

I am forever grateful to have Meg keeping Moby Monday on course.  Meg’s contributions have unquestionably been a highlight for this blog in 2009. Thanks Meg! If you haven’t visited her regular Internet Port of Call, PowerMobyDick, you should! Sail on over there right now!

Our UK Holiday trip was a smashing success and one of the highlights was meeting some friends with kids in London and spending the day at the Science Museum.  Between our 2 families we had six kids 8 and under so finding a museum where you can actually touch things was really a good idea.  The Science Museum is awesome and I highly recommend it for youth of all ages.

When I think of maritime London, Greenwich immediately comes to mind. However, the Science Museum has an incredible collection of maritime artifacts and memorabilia.  One of the first things we encountered were the navigational instruments used by Sir Francis Chichester on his ketch Gypsy Moth IV during his record setting solo circumnavigation of the globe.

Not surprisingly in a science museum, there is an incredible collection of marine engines, turbines and other forms of propulsion, many of which actually work. There are literally hundred of ship models of all shapes,  sizes and from all parts of the world and time periods. The Science Museum’s maritime collection rivals most maritime museums’ regular holdings and like so many London museums, it’s free!

So next time you’re in London, check out the maritime gallery at the Science Museum.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

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