The last time I visited the New Bedford Whaling Museum in early 2010, The Lagoda was being restored. It was covered with plastic, ropes and completely surrounded with scaffolding. Now it looks amazing. There were dozens of gammer school classes inside the museum today. Their faces on when they climbed on board this scaled down version of the original Lagoda was priceless.

Some history of The Lagoda:

"Step aboard the spectacular Lagoda, the New Bedford Whaling Museum's half-scale model of the whaling bark. Built inside the Bourne Building in 1915-16, with funds donated by Emily Bourne in memory of her father, whaling merchant Jonathan Bourne, Jr., the Lagoda is the largest ship model in existence.

Today, visitors can imagine life on a whaleship by climbing aboard an 89-foot, half-scale model of the Bark Lagoda, which dominates a large gallery at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, with its sails set and gear rigged. It was built in 1916.

When the original Lagoda was built in 1826, the owner meant to name it after Lake Ladoga in Russia. However, as the letters were applied to the transom, the "d" and the "g" were misplaced. Sailors believed that correcting the name would bring bad luck, so the vessel sailed as the Lagoda. Built of liveoak, with three masts, it had a square stern and a billethead - a decoration on the bow, in place of a figurehead. The Lagoda sailed for more than 60 years. "

Source: http://www.whalingmuseum.org/exhibits/lagoda.html

Please visit www.whalingmuseum.org for more information.

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