Posts Tagged ‘Sailing’

The Black Spot

September 28, 2009

The Essex was a normal whaling ship of the early 1800’s. It was 87 feet long (26 m). It had three masts and a hold full of barrels. It carried five smaller whaling boats, a pile of muscle-powered harpoons, and a crew of 20. Its task was to generally wander around the world for 2 […]

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Scrape away, boys, scrape away.

August 25, 2009

I recently read Moby Dick, because I wanted to immerse myself in Captain Ahab, the monomaniacal sailor, who when you look the one way is a tough peasanty sailor and the other way is a tragic hero of Hamlet proportions. And it is true, it is all in the book: the obsession which becomes a […]

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Till The Sea Gives Up Its Dead

July 21, 2009

The Amazon The Amazon was a brigantine, a ship with two mast of which the foremast is square rigged. It was built in 1861 at Spencer’s Island in Nova Scotia, and she reached 99 feet and displaced 198 Gross tons. She was owned by a consortium of 8 merchants. Her start to life was rather […]

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Bouvet Island

March 9, 2009

Bouvet Island is the most remote island in the world. It is located at 54°26′S 3°24′E, with its closest neighbour being over 1600 kms away. It is uninhabited, except for some lichen, seals and birds. And an automated weather station. The island is exceptionally hostile, glacial and volcanic. View Larger Map The island was first […]

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