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Sailor Superstitions

 On Exhibit: October 9 – December 4

Sailors’ lives were full of uncertainty and danger. The weather was wild and ever-changing. Wind, waves, rain, lightning, and ice could kill a sailor or sink a ship. If navigators and their equipment failed, a ship could end up hopelessly lost in vast, uncharted oceans. Strange and often dangerous beasts lived in the water and occasionally Sailor Superstitionstook seamen’s lives. The ocean itself was deeper than anyone could know. Besides that, human threats – enemy ships, unfriendly locals, marauding pirates, mutinous shipmates – threatened sailors’ wellbeing.

No one likes to feel powerless or scared of the future. Since most sailors did not have rational, scientific ways to understand life at sea, superstitions evolved instead.

EXHIBIT OPENING: Sailor Superstitions
Thursday, October 8, 5:30-7 pm
No one likes to feel powerless or scared of the future. Since most sailors did not have rational, scientific ways to understand life at sea, superstitions evolved instead. Learn more about the legends and lore while enjoying light refreshments courtesy of FMM. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

LECTURE:  History of Tattooing
Wednesday, October 21, 3 pm
Although often associated with sailors, the history of tattooing stretches far back into history. Take a look at how the techniques and purposes of tattooing have developed from the Bronze Age to the Modern Age.  The talk will also touch on tattoos from around the globe, how they became associated with sailors, and the specific meanings behind certain nautical tattoos.

 Whales & Witches: Sea Stories & Superstitions
Thursday, Oct 22, 6 pm
Tickets are $5 at the door
This concert will reveal some of the stories and mysteries of life at sea. As ships embarked on uncivilized seas, their men sang of battles with great monsters, lovely maidens, mermen and witches. Using the magic of song and story, Bill Schustik will take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget.