Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pictures from Baltimore

I don't have much time to write, but thought I'd share a couple of pictures from The Constellation. This is a US Navy sailing vessel used in the Civil War. The original Constellation was a Frigate and was used in the war of 1812.

Here's the stern

The gun deck!! My favorite spot.

The berth where the sailors slept in hammocks

And the captain's cabin.

I spent 4 hours on board and took part in three different hands-on activities:

Loading, priming, running-out and firing a cannon!
Using the Capstan to haul cargo on board
Using the Braces to shift the yards on the mizzen mast.

I also toured the home of Mary Pickersgill who made the huge flag that flew over Ft. McHenry. Her original home from 1812 is still standing! Here's the outside:

Tomorrow is the Maryland Historical Society and Saturday the War of 1812 Reenactment at Fort McHenry!
I hope all of you are well and having a great week!


  1. Wow that is so COOL! I was surprised how big the captain's cabin was. :0 The gun deck is really awesome, too. Everything looked so neat.
    I would love to get to tour a ship they used in the past and take pictures! One day I would like to try it. I'm always interested in history and its even better when you can go somewhere to find out more about it. In class I like to sit there and soak it all in, but going to museums would be more fun.

    Sounds like you are loving it, lucky you. Hope the rest of your week is exiting!
    God Bless you!

  2. Wow! That is so awesome! It would be so neat to be on a ship that old! Reminds me of your books! Sounds like you are having a great time! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing. What a treat to take part in those activities. I'll be watching for these details in your next books!

    Annapolis is a beautiful little town. I went once at Christmas and it was just amazing.

    Nothing like research, is there?

  4. Awesome! I want to visit this ship now! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your trip.

  5. Oh, I want to get on that ship so badly! I'll have to make it out to the east coast some time to see that one, and the USS Constitution in Boston. Ships ... sails ... and ESPECIALLY cannons ... they're all so wonderful! :-)

  6. that would have been SO much fun!

  7. At one time (like my last visit to Baltimore with my family) I would have found a tour of a ship a rather boring thing.

    Not anymore though. You, as well as a couple of other authors, have given me an interest in knowing the ins and outs of fine ships such as that one. Can't wait to see more pictures!!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  8. History really is exciting, isn't it? I too was very surprised by the size of the captain's cabin. Guess I'm used to fishing boats! Do you know... maybe you would include a ship diagram in your books sometime. I really don't know all those mast and sail names.

    Have FUN at the reenactment tomorrow. I have been in both Boston and Williamsburg, and they are wonderful! Your present research/story line remind me of the Horatio Hornblower mini of my absolute favorites. So you can see that I'm looking forward to your book coming out. O say can you see....?

  9. How much fun that must have been. Standing in history! I never knew the captain's room was so big!! Can't wait to see how you are going to use this info for your new story!

  10. What a great "field trip"! Looks like you had a great time and soaked up every minute of it! Thanks for sharing part of your research with us. Looking forward to more great stories!