Travels and Images
WEEK 11 2007
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Picture of the Week
Saturday 17 March
- Ann Althouse is going on
and on about law school teaching and The
Paper Chase. I never
watched it. Well, okay, once
I caught part of an television episode that took place on a (moored) sailboat.
In that episode the student what's-his-name
professor to drink two glasses of wine and then "box
the compass", to prove some point.
The professor fails.
A Compass Rose (stolen from Wikipedia)
In a mildly related aside, in Nicolas Monsarrat's great novel, The
Cruel Sea, the fictitious Flower
Class Corvette that his protagonists' sail aboard - similar
to the one pictured below off Dominica - is named The Compass Rose. The seamen aren't entirely happy with the cut name, but you can't argue with the Admiralty.
Friday 16 March
- just an eight hour day. A really long week. I need to find a job that
pays better for fewer, easier, hours. Or a rich wife.
Friday Cat Blogging.
Cool link, from about a year ago: an interesting
page showing the current
location of ships at sea.
There seem to be more that I recall from last year. But modern marine
radio's now link the GPS with the radio, and broadcast a location
automatically, so that may be driving the perceived increase. Still
there are only about eight ships shown near San Francisco when I zoomed
in today, which is probably 10% or 20% of what is probably there.
The page seems to work better as well - you can now break the display
into yachts, cruise ships, Tall Shps, and display a lot of other stuff,
weather, charts, etc.
15 March 2007
- warm, 87F,
supposedly. But I was stuck indoors, with a walk to the cafeteria my
only break out doors. Bah.
Book #18 was
on the Zahara*,
by Dean King. I've rarely been happier to finish a book. Not because it
was a bad book, but rather because the subject matter and the tale
telling - the enslavement of American sailors by the dwellers in
Saharan Africa - was so brutal.
Wednesday 14 March 2007
- a long day. Then I went out for a beer with friends.
Tuesday 13 March 2007
- still busy, but just a ten hour day, not twelve...
Why spring can be a hassle-
Photo taken at 12:25 on Sunday March 11th.
Not a lot else to say tonight.
Monday 12 March 2007
- warm weather continues, it's very nice. I put in a long day and
didn't really get to enjoy it. Getting home it was dark and Orion was
high in the sky - and it was shirtsleeve warm. Usually those two things
don't go together.
In Baum's book he is going through the West Indies in 1956. He is
warned against Puerto Rico - but has no problems. There he
is warned in Puerto Rico about Dominica - and has no problems.
He does. mention
passing by a Dominican gunboat, in 1956, and took a picture:
get an enlarged version.
Perhaps someone recognizes the ship type? Anyway, in Dominica he is
warned against the pefidery of the Haitians - and is welcomed. They in
turn warn him of the evils of the Cubans. Because of winds he doesn't go to Cuba,
but you have to wonder...
Sunday 11 March
- went out to dinner with some friends, at a new sushi bar in
Lancaster. Very tasty!
Book #17 was
the Wind, by Richard Baum (1962). It was originally a series
of essays for sailing magazines in the 1950's and early 1960's,
reorganized into a book form at some point. A fun read. Baum doesn't
have an engine and spends a lot of time, obviously, convincing people
that it isn't too unsafe or slow. He keeps a log and shows that in two
years of sailing along the Maine coast that he only gets becalmed a few
His descriptions of Bermuda and the West Indies are almost
heartbreaking - nothing like the immense crowds and development that
have apparently grown up since the book was written. It's old
school sailing - no Loran, no GPS, no engine, no windvane, and a wooden