Thursday, January 29, 2009

Blast from the Past

on the Eagle
Originally uploaded by Teckelcar
While sifting through my photos for pictures of Manuela I found this one of us taken on board the USCGC Eagle. It is one of the few pictures we have of all of us with the added bonus of both my brother and his then girlfriend, now wife, Manuela.

The picture was from just under seven years ago during that huge family reunion. The reunion came about celebrating a common ancestor's notable achievement, namely the 200th anniversary of the publication of Nathaniel Bowditch's "The New American Practical Navigator." Now referred to as Bowditch, it is a book that revolutionized navigation and, in it's updated form, is still in use today and is considered the book on navigation.

So understandably a tour of a tall ship was called for.

Eagle coins
Originally uploaded by Teckelcar

Our family got to bypass a huge line and got to see the whole barque from top to bottom (minus the rigging). Max and Rebecca were far too little to appreciate what was going on, but the boys certainly had a good time. As an added bonus each of us was handed a small commemorative coin as we disembarked. Amazingly I still have them, though I'm not sure why I have seven and not just six.

Anyway we had a great time. Maybe we'll tour the Eagle again sometime soon. According to the schedule she'll be in Boston in July.

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