Wednesday, January 17, 2024

A Sailor in Seabrook, New Hampshire for Weathervane Wednesday

 This weathervane was photographed in Seabrook, New Hampshire

We were traveling on Interstate 95 when we stopped at a rest area in Seabrook and spied this interesting weathervane above the visitor's center. This weathervane is a three dimensional sailor complete with a sextant and bell bottomed trousers.   I photographed the weathervane from outside, and then I was delighted to see this display inside the visitor's center!  

The information board reads "The New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts chose William Barth Osmundsen's proposal for a weathervane, entitled, Charting the Course for Seacoast New Hampshire. In his proposal, Osmundsn wrote: "As motorists from the Eastern Seaboard pull into the coastal Seabrook Visitor Center, they will be reminded that New Hampshire has a presence as a maritime state. Although we have a short coastline, the area has been a hub of shipbuilding, lobstering, and pleasure boating.  My 'Ancient Mariner' fixes a star point with the aid of this early sextant."  While the sextant is specif to the sea, it suggests the idea of helping all travelers, on both land and sea, reach their desired destinations."

For the truly curious:

Another blog post about a nearby set of weathervanes off Route 95 on the New Hampshire Seacoast:  

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To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Sailor in Seabrook, New Hampshire for Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 17, 2024, ( accessed [access date]). 

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