MAINE: my final frontier. These are the voyages of the Scooter Vespa 250 i.e. Super. Its continuing mission - to explore America's most heavily forested state - to roam the vast coastline, numberless lakes, and mighty mountains. To boldly go where no scooter has gone before!

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Way It Was In 1492

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue," on a ship just like this!

Last week, replicas of the Nina and the Pinta docked in Portland Harbor, and were open for tours. Follow this link for everything you need to know, including the ships' schedule:

Signs like this explained just about everything about the ships, and very knowledgeable crew members were on the spot for anything visitors wanted to know.

Most people took photos, and most were pleased to be photographed on such historic ships. This young lady was the exception. "Smile like Daddy" made no impression; however, when Dad put her down, a huge smile erupted. Those of you with children have been there, done that.

This photo-op was more successful.

When a visitor said, "Well, these are pretty impressive boats," I quoted Conchscooter of Key West Diary, who provided the answer to my question, in an earlier post, about ships and boats: "A ship carries a boat. If it cannot then it itself is a boat."

Thanks, Conchscooter!

This may look like a calm, posed picture of kids looking out at the rudder, but the scrum before the photo was intense. 

From the quarterdeck of the Pinta

Portland Harbor from the Nina ...

...and from the Pinta.

Sailing is a favorite pastime, although one without a boat wonders why so many are simply sitting there!

Ah, there goes one now. I wonder if there's room for a scooter? Just drop me off on any island with road.

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