Sometimes it's a boat ...
 
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In response to the frequent inquiries about the graphics depicted on Newburyport's City Arms and Seal, the upper dexter quadrant is described as an artistic rendering of Newburyport's two historic lighthouses and a ship (ketch or sailboat) entering port under full sail. Invariably, the puzzled reaction is, "It doesn't look like a boat" --- offering the perfect opportunity to quote our favorite "lifelines" from Winnie-the-Pooh's adventures "in which Piglet is entirely surrounded by water" --- when Pooh explains his "boat" (actually a honey jug) to Christopher Robin:

"Now then, Pooh," said Christopher Robin, "where's your boat?"
"I ought to say," explained Pooh as they walked down to the shore of the island, "that it isn't just an ordinary sort of boat. Sometimes it's a Boat, and sometimes it's more of an Accident. It all depends."
"Depends on what?"
"On whether I'm on top of it or underneath it."

This is wisdom for all ages and aegis, particularly those who legislate and debate under that glorious city seal in Newburyport's City Hall Council Chambers.1


1 A digitized photograph of the City arms and seal is depicted on the www.comity.org main page. Mouse over the image and click for a link within describing the devices on the city seal.
 
 
 
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