Birk took these waterside fotos the better part of a week ago.  It took me a while to figure out the “color” of the mushroom anchor at the bow.

Plastic wrap I conclude, but that could be erroneous.  Ambrose certainly is full-bodied with a low center of gravity.

For purposes of comparison, I’ve put up the next two shots I took at South Street 25 months ago.  While afloat, Ambrose‘s beamy or “jowly” hull cannot be fully appreciated.

From this NPS Maritime Heritage  Program link, I learned that Ambrose was launched in 1907 and originally wore straw colored paint–with her name in black–not the white lettering on red hull she’s sported since the 1930s.  Oh . . . the folks in the red suits around her in this shot . . . they must belong to some secret society of the Nacirema.

Many thanks to Birk Thomas for the top two fotos.

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