“On the Water: Stories from Maritime America” at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. wants Americans to believe that maritime activity is as important as ever. But it isn’t. How many Americans know a man or woman who has been to sea? How many American feet have touched the planks of a ship? How many could imagine what it is to stand stretched over a rooftop widow’s walk gazing longingly at the ocean as they wait for their daily meal, or the next installment in a story they’ve been reading, or a loved one gone to war?

“On the Water: Stories from Maritime America” Ongoing. National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.

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