QUESTION: In which country was the first diesel-powered ocean-going vessel constructed, the MS Selandia?
A) United States of America
C) The Netherlands
With two thirds of the world covered in water, ships become essential for trade, politics, and pretty much anything else if you want to deal with people outside your own community. So sea travel has always been important, and boating has evolved over the centuries. Until the innovations of the steam engine in the early nineteenth century, any navy in the world that was worth its weight in sea salt had tall ships - wooden-hulled ships propelled by a complicated set of sails harnessing wind power. So, why do we mention this as relates to the American Treasure Tour - an attraction located in landlocked Oaks, Pennsylvania? We have our own fair share of nautical history on display, including a full-size boat.
Yesterday's blog concentrated on one of the items 'for sale' in the Omrod Antique Shoppe, a miniature hand blown bottle. Right next to it on the little table is a model of a tall ship displaying a red cross on white. The red cross on a field of white is fairly common as a symbol of history. It could be the flag of England (not to be confused with the United Kingdom); that for the city of Genoa; or maybe that of Sucre, the capital of Bolivia. Any of these could be right, but we're going with the Knights Templar, best known for their military superiority during the Crusades of the Middle Ages. Emblazoned boldly on their tiny sails, these flags make a statement. As does our tiny Antique Shoppe.
ANSWER: B) Denmark, in the year 1911.