Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Fancy Sailing Ship

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane was photographed in Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #302?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Today's weathervane was photographed in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.  It is on a large cupola above the public library.  The library is located next door to the First Parish Church, which has a beautiful old weathercock I blogged about in 2014.  From this angle you can see both weathervanes!

We have photographed many sailing ship weathervanes in New England, but this is one of the most fanciful and imaginative.  The sails are decorated with stars, and the masts are decorated with fluttering banners.  It is only a two-dimensional weather vane, but it is whimsical and fun.  This library is located just a few steps from the harbor, and Manchester-by-the-Sea was the home of many sea captains and mariners over the years.  A sailing ship is the perfect choice for this location.  There are no cardinal points on this weather vane.

The stone library was designed by Charles F. McKim, a famous architect of many New England and American landmarks, including the Boston Public Library and New York's Penn Station.  The stained glass windows were designed by Tiffany.  You can read all about the history of this little gem of a library in the link below.

Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library website:

First Parish Church, Manchester-by-the-Sea weathervane blog post:  

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo,  "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Fancy Sailing Ship", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 15, 2017, (  accessed [access date]).

1 comment:

  1. How beautiful! I am going to have to start looking for weather vanes now.