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The mission of The 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."

OVER A BARREL

Someone caught in a predicament is "over a barrel." This expression stems from old-fashioned shipboard discipline, when misbehaving sailors were sometimes tied, spread-eagle, over the barrel of a cannon and flogged with a "cat o' nine tails."