Ship Nerds

Layne and I are giant ship nerds (ok, ok, Layne moreso than I…), and we were recently let loose in the San Diego Marine Museum. Much jumping around and squeeing ensued.

We first got into real ship nerdery when we stumbled across the Aubrey-Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian. Layne had asked for a set of the books for Christmas – no small feat, when there’s twenty books in the series!! He got enough of the books to get started, and then quickly hooked me on the books too. There was something fascinating about the details in the novels, and though I’d grown up in a place about as far from the ocean as you can get, I was charmed by the descriptions of seagoing life. When the movie, Master and Commander came out, it was just icing on the cake.

And so, to suddenly find ourselves on the very ship that the movie was filmed on was pretty amazing!!! Layne and I ran around like little kids, pointing at things and blabbing loudly about how awesome it was, and, oh, look at all the rigging!! In fact, Layne was so well-versed on the ships sails that one older woman asked if he worked for the museum! All in all, it was an awesome trip.

News: Posted August 14th, 2010 by Alina

^ 4 Comments to “Ship Nerds”

  1. merwok Says:

    The Bingtown Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb is a very good fantasy series centered around magic ships.

    Posted August 14th, 2010 at 10:18 am
  2. Technocracygirl Says:

    Last December, I spent three weeks in San Diego, and I was thrilled to find the Marine Museum. The day I went, there was a guy on the Surprise who had played the Master-At-Arms giving a tour. I squeed. A lot. Fortunately, there were little kids squeeing about a pirate, and another older guy who was also squeeing about tall ships, so I think I got lot in the shuffle, so to speak.

    (Just remembering it kind of gives me fangirl shivers down my back…)

    Posted August 14th, 2010 at 11:22 am
  3. Rook Says:

    Gah, I’ve been living in San Diego for the last six months, how have I not heard of this place yet?

    The things that sucks is that I might have to move in two weeks so I might not have a change to see it…

    Talking about things to do in San Diego; as fond as you are of unusual animals, please tell me you went to the zoo. (Just got back from there today)

    Posted August 16th, 2010 at 12:33 am
  4. I’ve always loved our Maritine Museum. Even been to the Festival of Sail twice (awesome world ships!) But taking you two there just made me see it in a whole new light. I want to learn more ship words! And I want to touch more Billy Boyd parts. : >
    And there will be Zoo and Wild Animal Park in your future. Ohhhhh yes.

    Posted August 16th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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