From the earliest moments in history when people believed sailing into the horizon meant falling off the face of a flat earth to later centuries when the horrors of giant sea monsters and tales of mermaids luring sailors to their deaths, seagoing humans found ways to keep safe from the mythological dangers through superstition.
Some are based in fact and many are not, according to Amara Nash, curator of the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez. The museum opened its newest exhibit; “Sailors & Superstitions” Oct. 8, which will run through the Dec. 5 with lecture series in between.
Nash said since the exhibit opened, it’s been a wide age range of guests from older sailors feeling nostalgic to younger curiosity seekers to tattoo enthusiasts in general who want to see some equipment on loan from the Lucky Tattoo Museum in Largo.
“People are really liking it,” said Nash. “It’s fun and there are some surprises in what people will learn.”