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October 2014 Issue 221: The Kaiser’s Cup

October 2014 Issue 221: The Kaiser’s Cup

German Kaiser Wilhelm was in a hurry. The grandson of Queen Victoria and the son of Kaiser Friedrich III, Wilhelm wasted no time after his father died.

October 2014
September 2014 Issue 220: Diary of a rum-runner

September 2014 Issue 220: Diary of a rum-runner

If you had a boat, a bit of larceny in your heart, then the period of Prohibition in the United States (1921-33) must have seemed a dream come true.

September 2014
July/August 2014 Issue 219: Stormy weather

July/August 2014 Issue 219: Stormy weather

When hearing the phrase “stormy weather,” you might think of Lena Horne crooning the ballad from 1933. For those familiar with the history of yachting, however, the phrase calls up the magnificent yawl, Stormy Weather, designed and built by the young Olin Stephens and his brother Rod.

July/August 2014
May/June 2014 Issue 218: Wreck of the brig Jezebel

May/June 2014 Issue 218: Wreck of the brig Jezebel

Editor’s note: This fictionalized account is an amalgam of several true incidents, most notably the wreck of the brig Commerce off west Africa in the 19th century.

May/June 2014
March/April 2014 Issue 216: Coal fire aboard British Isles

March/April 2014 Issue 216: Coal fire aboard British Isles

The winter of 1905 was a particularly harsh one for square-rigged ships sailing west from Europe ‘round Cape Horn. Claude Woollard, master mariner, writes in his book The Last of the Cape Horners, that “out of one hundred and thirty vessels which sailed from European ports to round Cape Horn, only fifty-two appeared to have reached their destination without mishap.

March/April 2014
January/February 2014 Issue 215: The short-lived schooner Columbia

January/February 2014 Issue 215: The short-lived schooner Columbia

Puritan, Mayflower, Columbia; these were the names of some of the great Gloucester fishing schooners that elbowed their way into public consciousness during the early part of the 20th century.

January/February 2014
November/December 2013 Issue 214: The original staysail schooner

November/December 2013 Issue 214: The original staysail schooner

W. Starling Burgess was an American inventive genius whose design credentials include airplanes, machine guns, the Dymaxion car (with Buckminster Fuller) and, of course, some of the great J-boat defenders including Ranger (with the young Olin Stephens).

November/December 2013
October 2013 Issue 213: The birth of a legend

October 2013 Issue 213: The birth of a legend

Every legend has a beginning and this one begins simply enough.

October 2013
September 2013 Issue 212: A hellish delivery

September 2013 Issue 212: A hellish delivery

September 2013
July/August 2013 Issue 211: White squall

July/August 2013 Issue 211: White squall

The loss of sail-training ships is, unfortunately, not unprecedented. Some sink due to misjudgment on the part of the captain, while others are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

July/August 2013
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