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The mission of GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is "to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the Gulf Coast�s rich maritime heritage through exhibits, programs and activities."

LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG

This expression means to reveal a secret we promised to keep. Long ago, when sailors received corporal punishment for misdeeds, a multi-tailed crop called a "cat o' nine tails" was withdrawn from its drawstring bag to administer punishment.