OH MY GOD! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! There it was. The trunk that I hadn't seen in 41 years and often wondered if I'd dreamt it.
It was really hard to shoot the items inside the case but it was really fascinating to see them. I have no idea if Manoel Mendonca is related to me or not, but it's a very unusual last name.
He was born in the Azores and I believe my paternal family was from the Canary Islands. Perhaps way back there is a common relative when the family lived in Portugal. He painted it and even kind of collaged it with the cutouts of things from books.
I guess that's Manoel and his wife. She's a bit....mannish.
Cannot believe I got to see this again!!!
Upstairs above the ship was this little room with a telescope so I looked inside to see a film of a whale swimming in front of a ship. That was really neat.
This may be the only whale tail pic I ever take....although I do hope to go on a whale watch this summer.
More cool art and exhibits. So much that it was hard not to shoot pics of everything.
I was pleased to see that the museum addressed whaling history in other regions of the world, like the Pacific Northwest. While everyone up there is familiar with the Native American and First Nations tribal history of whaling, commercial whaling isn't really discussed. I never thought about it when I lived up there either.
This is a Tlingit dance blanket from Alaska.
I also loved these 3D paintings too. The detail is great.
Looooved these Polynesian abalone shells!