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Sailing on the National Mall

Model sailboat racers, their vessels rigged and ready, line up along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in this image from 1928. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected four years later in 1932, was an avid sailor and an enthusiastic modeler. As part of his New Deal legislation package to ease the woes of the Great Depression, the chief executive wanted to encourage the model sailboat hobby as a wholesome diversion for the nation’s youth, often left to their own devices as parents struggled to make ends meet.



Kodak moments

By the late 1890s the camera was a fixture in American life. Thanks largely to the Eastman Kodak Co., ordinary people were recording the ordinary events of their everyday lives, which seem so extraordinary to us more than a century later. One early shutterbug was Ruth Montgomery, who with her family of four lived aboard the Carrie Winslow, a three-masted bark sailing out of East Boothbay, Maine. Her father, Capt. Adelbert Montgomery, was commander of the well-known cargo carrier.



Luxuries vs. lifeboats

A grim cartoon of the Titanic sinking, indeed — even for Puck, the irreverent, satirical American publication that was popular in the early 1900s. It took this kind of shocking image to help change the way people thought about safety at sea.



Marlin Mania

March 16, 1971, Key West: A proud father and two youngsters show off a marlin caught aboard the charter boat Cay Sal. Countless trophy pictures such as this have been taken over the years, emulating the kind of fishing made famous by Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s.



A ‘bear’ of a barkentine

Revenue cutter and rescue vessel; explorer, humanitarian and war hero; floating museum and movie star — few vessels in the annals of maritime history can match the 70-year career of the steam barkentine Bear.



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