Author: Dave Berson

Schooner Wanderer’s sad history

In the history of American sailing ships, there are few vessels that can compare with the disreputable story of the schooner Wanderer.…

Yankee sails on

The Johnsons — Irving and Exy — weren’t your average American married couple. The Johnsons completed seven circumnavigations beginning in the 1930s, all aboard boats named Yankee, with…

The oral surgeon’s masterpiece

The 16-millimeter projector whirs, displaying a flickering, scratchy movie from 1957. It’s a gathering of suburbanites in a backyard, nothing…

Cult of Celestial Navigation

There was a time not too long ago when I was a head magician of the local branch of the cult of celestial navigation; a…

Jolie Brise rescues Adriana

Jolie Brise, which is roughly translated as “nice breeze,” is perhaps one of the most famous yachts of the 20th century; more than 100 years after her launch, the vessel is still plying the waters of the Atlantic. She’s a…

Ocean classroom aboard Harvey Gamage

Since being launched in 1973 the 131-foot schooner Harvey Gamage has put more than 100,000 miles under her keel. In that time the stout schooner, named for the builder of the same name, has survived everything the sea has thrown…