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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."

CRANKY

Ships and people can both be cranky. When a ship is difficult to steer and doesn't respond to the wind, even threatening to capsize, then it is considered "crank." Such a vessel is hard to handle, especially in heavy weather.