Whether you call them Windjammers, Clipper Ships, or Schooners, these classic 19th century sailing vessels are what I find myself more and more drawn to lately. This is a shot I took last May of the 4-masted schooner known as the Margaret Todd that sails out of Bar Harbor, Maine.
Since then I have managed to find a few items that have turned my interest into a minor passion for them. For the record, I've only been sailing one time and I don't prefer it, but I just love the romance the image of these ships conjure up for me. Here's a scrimshaw brooch that I found at a local thrift store.
My fabric with a repeat of this iconic image in blue was perhaps what started my interest to begin with. It's not that I intentionally went out looking for these things, but rather they unexpectedly starting appearing before me. And I started taking them home with me.
I was pretty smitten when I came across this sealing wax stamp.
Can you imagine the romance of letting a candle drip over the envelope of a handwritten letter to your love?
Here, I just used glue gun sealing wax to make them. They are such fun to use, I may even include them on my bills.
Then, a couple of Sundays ago we were out with friends and stopped by an Antique Mall in Searsport, where we found an authentic ship's wheel. Here it is on my mantel.
Although I didn't need much convincing, when our friend Danny pointed out the places on the outer spokes that were worn from where the becket lines were tied during a storm to keep the helm secure, I knew this bad boy was coming home with me.
It was also his opinion judging by the patina of the wood that this wheel must have spent some time at the bottom of the ocean, much like my barnacled bottles that I have displayed alongside my new treasure.
It's interesting how our collections are often influenced by the world that can be seen right outside our window. I feel so lucky to be able to live by the ocean. It was always a dream of mine and now a reality that I truly savor.