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1619 Marriage In Cambridge England March 5, 2017

all-saints-church-cambridge  This is All Saints Church in England where my 9X Great Grandparents were married in 1619.  They emigrated  to North America in 1623 on the ship “Anne & Little James”.  They were early settlers in Plymouth Colony.


European Trip 1934 March 3, 2017

Filed under: Family,Family history,Ships,Travel — Janet @ 8:45 pm

img_2545  Itinerary for a trip to Europe by Dorothy and Elizabeth Friend

I came across this by chance this morning when I was sorting out some things in the garage.  (An unending project.)  I can hardly wait to peruse this itinerary further.  It’s for a trip undertaken by my mother and her sister before they were married.


The Arbella – Flagship of the Winthrop Fleet – 1630 October 17, 2016


In 1630 some of my ancestors came to America on this ship – and others in the Winthrop fleet.


From Glastonbury September 30, 2016

IMG_0463   This is a photo from 3 months ago, late June, when Ian and I and the other grandparents visited our son David and family in Glastonbury  Connecticut.  The picture was actually taken in Mystic Connecticut after a festive lunch.  Coincidentally we are about to gather again, minus one – Ian will have to participate via Skype or some such device.

I am here visiting before attending my 62nd high school reunion up in the Boston area and the other grandparents are winging their way to Hartford on the Aer Lingus inaugural direct flight from Dublin.

So here I am enjoying a quick few days doing my usual round of our favorite places and some new ones as well.  The weather has been on the cool side and the famous Fall foliage is just beginning.  We had a nice trip down to Mystic and this time we had lunch in a new (to me) restaurant called Red 39 – the number is that of a navigation buoy.  Nice setting right on the river and delicious fish of course.

After a quick stop in the yarn store, lunch, a purchase in Mystic Knotworks, we went to Old Mystic Seaport which was the real objective of the trip that day.  Fascinating.  I just love it. We just ambled around absorbing the atmosphere of that recreated village of yesteryear.  My favorites I think were the big scaled model of the former village and the timeline in the whaling museum building.  (Pictures to show when I get back to Seattle and can sync my camera with my computer – current technology! – the equivalent I suppose of waiting to get a film developed.)

The Museum Store has a large bookshop section – was I in Heaven?  One of my purchases was of course a history cum genealogy book very pertinent to my ongoing reading and research.

…….to be continued


Immigrant Ship July 27, 2016

Immigrant Ship lyon

One of the Immigrant ships sailing between England and America


Sea Captains In The Family Tree July 24, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Scotland,Sea Stories,Ship captains,Ships — Janet @ 3:18 pm

My 14th Great Grandfather Admiral Sir Andrew Wood, 1450-1515.  This is a replica of his ship.

Yellow Caravel Sir Andrew Wood's Ship  Yellow Caravel


Over 100 Years Ago Today April 14, 2016

Filed under: Ships,Titanic — Janet @ 4:57 pm


The Titanic in Cobh Harbour, April 11, 1912 – only 3 days later it struck an iceberg and sank.

It was such a complex tragedy.

Image credit to Wikipedia


The Arabella Ship April 7, 2016

arabellaSome of my ancestors came to America on the Arabella in 1630.  Picture credit: Stories from Ipswich blog.


Christmas Festivities December 19, 2014

Filed under: Christmas,Ships,Singers,Singing — Janet @ 8:06 pm

First there was the preschool  “concert”.   IMG_4787   my view of the boy in purple wearing the Christmas hat – of course he was the best – one of my grandchildren

and later there was the Ballard First Lutheran Church choir rehearsal and party

IMG_4791  this is the party part

what a neat house down along the shore and bearing a strong resemblance to that of a sea captain.  I closed my eyes and thought I was on a ship.  Particularly when I kept missing a change in elevation between one room and another.  No harm done however and no rocking of the boat.  A big thank you to our gracious host.





Progress Report November 2, 2010

Filed under: Move to Seattle,Ships — Janet @ 4:15 pm

The Wehr Weser, the ship carrying the container that has the remainder of our belongings, is now approaching Port of Spain in Trinidad.  This is the link I used to find its position.  Don’t be put off by the information in Greek.

 The Wehr Weser

Although we are still in a state of upheaval and chaos trying to unpack and sort out all the items that were in our first shipment, we are still eagerly awaiting the arrival here in Seattle of the second shipment.  The Wehr Weser has made it across the Atlantic – where to next?  The Panama Canal?