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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."

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES

We "batten down the hatches" to prepare for trouble. Hatches are openings in a ship's deck, through which cargo is loaded. Hatch covers were covered with canvas and heavy wooden strips called "battens" to prevent flooding during a storm.