Nav Problems

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November/December Issue 237: At sea without a navigator

November/December Issue 237: At sea without a navigator

From the latter part of the 19th century through the 1920s, square-rigged deepwater sailing ships still carried cargo competitively.

November/December 2016
September/October Issue 236: San Francisco full-rigged ship Balcultha

September/October Issue 236: San Francisco full-rigged ship Balcultha

Like Wavertree (which we wrote about last month), Balcultha is one of the great square-rigged ships from the 19th century that was saved for posterity — this time by the San Francisco Maritime Museum in 1954.

September/October 2016
July/August Issue 235: The last iron sailing ship

July/August Issue 235: The last iron sailing ship

In May 2015, Wavertree, the last remaining and largest of the wrought-iron, full-rigged ships, was towed from her home at the South Street Seaport Museum across the bay to Staten Island.

July/August 2016
May/June Issue 234: The long saga of a schooner

May/June Issue 234: The long saga of a schooner

One cannot help but think of the great captain Robert “Bob” Bartlett when the name of the schooner Effie M. Morrissey/Ernestina is mentioned.

May/June 2016
March/April Issue 232: A working sailor learns celestial

March/April Issue 232: A working sailor learns celestial

After a year of college, Liz Gillooly figured there were better ways to learn about the world than in a classroom.

March/April 2016
January/February Issue 231: Power passage to Bermuda

January/February Issue 231: Power passage to Bermuda

Initially I thought I was being made the butt of a maritime joke. Steve Steinberg, the skipper of the 106-foot motor yacht Illiquid, was making a passage to Bermuda from Greenport, N.Y., and asked me to come along, ostensibly, to teach the crew celestial navigation.

January/February 2016
November/December Issue 230: Passage on Kruzenshtern

November/December Issue 230: Passage on Kruzenshtern

Not all of the big Laeisz “P-Line” boats were built at the Blohm & Voss yard in Hamburg.

November/December 2015
October Issue 229: The Palatine light

October Issue 229: The Palatine light

Sometimes between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there is a ghostly light not unlike St. Elmo’s fire seen rising off the northern tip of Block Island.

October 2015
September Issue 228: Aboard Sagres

September Issue 228: Aboard Sagres

It was a busy time at the Hamburg, Germany, shipyard of Blohm & Voss in the 1930s.

September 2015
July/August Issue 227: The Titanic disaster foreshadowed

July/August Issue 227: The Titanic disaster foreshadowed

By 1841 the packet lines from New York City to Liverpool were already well established; companies with the now-famous names of Black Ball and the Swallowtail Lines regularly operated a schedule of ships carrying both cargo and passengers back and forth across the Atlantic since the early part of the century.

July/August 2015
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