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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."

FREEZE THE BALLS OFF A BRASS MONKEY

"Brass monkeys" were metal trays on the decks of warships. Cannon balls were stacked atop each one. In very cold weather, the balls would shrink (due to thermal contraction), shift, and fall off the brass monkeys.