Would you cross the Pacific on a hand-made raft? Thor Heyerdahl and his crew did in the late 1940’s to prove a theory that the South Pacific islands could have been populated from South America, not from Asia as was assumed at the time.
He recreated a potential voyage using materials and technology available in the time of pre-Colombian Peru.
Interesting story… and shows how you don’t have to have all the fanciness we are accustomed to having 🙂
If you don’t subscribe to Today I Found Out I would recommend checking it out… lots of interesting stuff.
The history and restoration of a beautiful 1938 yacht…
In the spring of 2007 Astilleros de Mallorca completed the restoration of M/Y Blue Bird, a classic gentleman’s yacht built in 1938 for Sir Malcolm Campbell. The story of the restoration of Blue Bird started a few years earlier, in the spring of 2004 to be precise.
CNN outlines 7 steamboats still plying the waters around the US – under steam power. I knew there were some riverboats around, but even the ones that "look" steam powered, most are really not. These are the real deal.
I always find the history of some of these words interesting… get all the Scuttlebutt on the Grok, maties!
Martin Cox has a great web site of general maritime and shipping news. Don’t know how I’ve never ran across this one before. Tours and histories of historic vessels, videos, and even Ship Cams with various live webcams from cruise ships worldwide.
Lots to do and read here.
Tall Ships are obviously a love and fascination for many people. Even if you’re not "into sail" the majesty and power of these vessels can be awe inspiring.
CNN has a nice rundown of some various Tall Ship activities that are happening during the 2013 year. Check them out, some might be near you.
The SS United States, a history ocean liner from the 1950s and 1960s is just a couple of months from being sold for scrap unless more money for its restoration can be raised. Check it out and contribute if you feel led. These old ships hold a fascination for many, and are such an important part of our maritime heritage.
Fox News has a writeup of the current situation.
If you’ve studied naval and maritime history any, especially military naval history, you’ve seen peacoats in pictures. If you’ve been to sea, you may have worn one. But where did they come from? What’s the history of that classic design?
Well, wonder know more… check out this article and learn all about them.
A good article with some various facts and information as to the history of another commonly confused set of nautical terms.
I think the conclusion at the end is probably the best rule to follow:
Call it whatever the skipper wants you to call it.
The nautical and boating world has a language of its own, as you probably well know. It is always interesting to learn the background of some of these phrases. One of the first you hear when getting into boating is "port" and "starboard" instead of "left" and "right". Why?
This article has a good background of the history of this common phrase.