History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance the tall ships in the Spanish Armada will one day return to England to fight the aliens that have conquered the British Isles. Admire what nautical history has taught us with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get two general-admission tickets to the Blue Water Majesty Museum (up a $12 value; children and senior tickets $5 each) in Canton. The Blue Water Majesty Museum is closed on Wednesdays and select holidays.
Since 1976, craftsman Larry Pulka has constructed exact replicas of famed seafaring ships on a miniaturized scale. The Blue Water Majesty Museum displays his entire collection of model military and merchant vessels, allowing visitors to examine the intricate hulls, ornate decks, masterful masts, and hand-carved figureheads of dozens of watercraft assembled with old-fashioned woods. Nautical history buffs will appreciate the inclusion of several of our nation’s most important sea crafts, such as the privateer vessel Rattlesnake, whose full-size forefather floated the Atlantic during the American Revolution and blockaded England during the Beatles' British Invasion. A copy of the 1797-built Constitution uses Laotian boxwood, pink ivory, and Honduras rosewood to capture the essence of the warship, which won more than 40 battles.
Many of the models in the museum’s armada employ more than 150,000 handmade pieces and are fully functional, with tiny moving parts that one would expect on a full-scale seagoing sailboat, such as rudders—which manipulate ships' wheels—operative rigging, and a library featuring several English-to-shark language dictionaries.