Flossie’s Fridays: Week 14

DSC03034Anchors Aweigh! You have heard of rock climbing – well, Flossie decided she likes chain climbing. One of the big anchors at the visitor center sign became a piece of playground equipment for her today! She was a little nervous to slide down the shank because that is a long way for a little fairy. I think she forgot she can fly if she falls off! Look at the bottom of the anchor. You can see one of the flukes is broken off. Each part of an anchor has a certain job, and the flukes are supposed to dig into the sand at the bottom of the sea to help hold the anchor (and the ship to which it is attached) in place. You can learn a lot about anchors by reading the chapter on them found at the following address: http://www.academia.edu/417773/Relics_of_a_Forgotten_Colony_The_Cannon_and_Anchors_of_St._Eustatius
Back in the early 1700s, Bath was a very important port town – in fact, this little spot in North Carolina was the first port of entry for us when we were still an English colony. Lots of ships came in and out of our waters. People who were living here missed spices, tea, cloth and dishes from England, so ships would bring those and other goods on ships to Bath. When the ships left Bath, they would be filled up with big pieces of lumber for shipbuilding (mostly for the British Royal Navy) and with barrels of tar, pitch and turpentine. Those items are referred to as naval stores. Naval stores were the biggest export for Bath, but there were other things sent out, such as wooden shingles, corn and pork.
If you were in charge of a ship and it was going to bring goods directly to you, what would you want to import? Let us know your answer on Twitter, tagging us at @HistBathSiteNC using #onmyship, or on Facebook (again tagging us at @Historic Bath Site and using #onmyship). See you next week!

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