The historic Delaware Tug was restored in 2011 then unveiled for public display in 2012, its 100th birthday. She was built by the William H. Smith in Bethel Delaware (1912) and now resides in...
Welcome back! Today's image was taken in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area where that City's Maritime Museum is located. It consists of several ships, including the USS Constellation, USS Torsk and the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, to name a few. I like the fact that the many ships are spread over five different piers which makes for a very nice walking tour.
Outside of the Maritime offices there is a large ship propeller, as seen below.
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This propeller, origins unknown to me, is a hot spot for tourist. It has a magical draw for visitors with cameras and can often be seen with kids climbing on it, albeit unsafe to do so.
This was a 3-shot bracket (+2 to -2) which was processed using HDR Efex Pro. I wanted to add a hint of a painterly effect, which was applied via the "BuzSim" filter in Topaz Lab's Simplify 3 using the settings shown below.
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Thanks so much for visiting!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting The Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School in Havre de Grace Maryland. It was a chance encounter that turned into a great time. I was in town to photograph the Concord Point Lighthouse (future post) and came upon a gentleman nearby who was opening what appeared to be a boat repair shop. Little did I know that the place was an actual school where they teach the craft of building and restoring wooden boats, mainly canoes. There were canoes inside that dated to 1940 and earlier. Talk about a great find, I was like a kid in a candy boat shop. :-) By the way, the town is located on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it.
Tim (the gentleman I met) gave me the grand tour of the place and told me some great stories about the school's heritage and some history regarding this craft. There were even some old photographs inside to take me back to a bygone era. Speaking of photos, I posted this multi-processed shot of Oars and Canoes a week or so ago. Not far from the corner where I found that image I took the shot below.
Each of these canoes has been restored, saved from the scrap heap where they would likely have been burned to ashes. I learned a good deal about the restoration process while there, which is quite fascinating. The school's mission is to teach wooden boat building skills from readily available materials. It's there way of preserving the maritime heritage of the upper Chesapeake Bay. This is old fashioned boat building at it's very best.
Such a pleasurable visit was this that I plan to go again sometime soon. I promised the Co-Director, Mr. Bud Gillis that I would.
As you can see and as one might expect, an operation like this calls for a little creativity to get some photos, as you're working in close quarters.
Below I converted the image above to B&W.
If you are ever in Havre de Grace Maryland, you must swing by this place. It's located just below the Maritime Museum at 100 LaFayette Street.
We'll have a look at some other shots from the school soon.
Thanks for visiting!
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