Nuts About Nelson, part 3
For our last week-end in England we hopped down to London. We spent a lovely day in Greenwich seeing the maritime museum and the prime meridian building.
The maritime museum featured many displays having to do with national hero Admiral Nelson, of course.
This is his fork-knife. Remember, he lost one arm in the course of duty.
The original U.S. Declaration of Independence is kept, highly secure, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. I walked by that building twice a day for two years and never went in because I didn’t want to deal with the three hour wait, but I hear it is in a thick glass-covered case that retracts into the ground if there is a security problem. I was humored to stumble across this at the British museum. It is the copy of the Declaration of Independence that the framers sent to King George – it’s just stuck on a side wall in a simple glass frame with a bunch of miscellaneous stuff. You can see it’s dated July 4, 1776. I didn’t have time to focus in and take a better picture because a guard came over and told me “no pictures”.
We then headed across the lawn to the Meridian Building which houses a small museum (mostly about clocks) and a little courtyard with a line on the ground marking the Prime Meridian.
I did it wrong – I learned later you’re supposed to stand with one foot in each hemisphere. Whoops.