EYE ON ANTIQUES: MARITIME NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS
Sextants, compasses, and chronometers made seas safer and soon became a ship's most valuable gear.
Gordon S. Converse
SIDE BY SIDE®: BEAUTY ABOVE THE CLOTH
Rural weavers turned simple patterns into complex masterpieces with the early loom technique called floatwork. Five contemporary craftsmen add their own interpretations.
THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES—A SEASIDE MYSTERY
The link between this 1668 mansion and Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1852 novel saved the house but hid is real history.
WESTVILLE, GEORGIA—AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET
The real workaday Old South comes alive again in Westville, rising from the red Georgia clay in cabins and shops, not plantations.
HOUSE BOWS TO SEASIDE HISTORY
The Neskeys love the space and strength the ship's bottom roof gives their seaside home—even if its origins are based on land.
LIFE IN EARLY AMERICA: THE BEGINNINGS OF KEY WEST
Blessed with a good harbor and bad storms, the men who salvaged wrecked ships in the 1800s transformed Key West.
Warren D. Jorgensen
WHALE HO! A NEW BEDFORD HEARTH RUG
Hook yourself a whale to add a nautical New England touch to the warmest spot in your home.
Edyth C. O'Neill
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FROM THE EDITOR
FROM THE GARDEN
G. H. Gifford III
ON THE COVER
Wreckers working the reef off Florida made Key West the richest city in the United States in the 19th century. The construction of the lighthouse there (now a museum) ended the wreckers' era and fortunes. Photograph by Winfield Ross.
Long Boats from Skinny Planks