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JFK’s sailboat, The Victura Not to push the theme too far (but darn close), you could make a maritime case for nearly any museum. Let’s take a look at the nautical connections of more NTA-member museums. The Strong National Museum of Play Among its comprehensive collec- tion of toys, dolls, games and hands-on activities, this attraction in Rochester, New York, holds a large number of toy ships and boats from multiple eras of American history. The museum’s ship-centric activi- ties include a playable giant-sized version of the game Battleship and a full-size fishing boat from the 1950s that is part of an exhibit detailing America’s fascina- tion with outdoor sport. And in “Reading Adventureland,” visitors set sail on an adventure in the whimsical dragon-headed boat Courageous. INTERNATIONAL experiences centered on submarine warfare, the U.S. Merchant Marine and the D-Day beach landings. New to the museum and its expanding campus is a fully restored patrol torpedo boat that was used by the U.S. Navy in World War II. Anchored 11 miles from the museum campus on Lake Ponchartrain, PT-305 is available to groups for tours, rides and exclusive charters. The story of the most famous PT boat, captained in World War II by a future U.S. president, is chronicled at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Ships abound Library & Museum in Boston. PT-109 was rammed and cut in half by a Japanese destroyer during WWII, and the museum exhibit shares the story of Kennedy and his crew’s six-day struggle for survival through journal notes, newspaper clippings and other docu- ments, along with the coconut JFK used to pass a message through enemy lines. PT-109 was not recovered, but groups visiting the museum May through November can see The Victura, JFK’s sail- boat, displayed in front of the library on a point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Purchased when he was 15-years-old, this handcrafted wooden boat was sailed by Kennedy the rest of his life. The National World War II Museum’s restored patrol torpedo boat, PT-305 International Spy Museum Located in Washington, D.C., this museum features the largest collection of international espionage-related artifacts ever placed on public display. Spying includes not only tracking down intel, but also the art of misleading foes by planting lies and push- ing propaganda. “The well-known phrase ‘loose lips sink ships’ originated during World War II as part of American pro- paganda against careless talk,” says Lori Scott, the museum’s sales executive. Scott also has intel of her own: “In the fall of 2018, the museum will move to a new D.C. location: L’Enfant Plaza, two blocks south of the National Mall.” 28 August/September 2017