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Fortitude, Courage, and Strength at Sea

Fortitude, Courage, and Strength at Sea

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. When Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel Moby-Dick comes to mind, do you wonder what might have inspired him to write the tale? If so, Owen Chase’s memoir is a must read, especially in its newest version, Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Complete Illustrated Edition: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman […]

Songs of the Seas

Songs of the Seas

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Sea chanties are work songs sung by crews who manned large commercial sailing ships during the 19th century.   Although the arrival of steam ships may have ended the heyday of singing while sailing, John Corr endeavors to keep this intriguing nautical musical tradition alive. “My father was a fisherman,” says Corr, a Kings […]

GHOST STORIES, Spinning Tales on a Sail Boat

GHOST STORIES, Spinning Tales on a Sail Boat

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. There are some things that can’t be fixed with duct tape or a quick jerry rig when you go sailing.  For a seven-year-old girl on her first sleep-away sailing trip with her father, weather was an unfortunate thing that could not be put right, even with effort, glue, and a quick prayer. A thunderstorm […]

Thar She Blows, A Whale Story

Thar She Blows, A Whale Story

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Telling tales is fun for writers, which is why books with great stories stay in your heart and mind even when you are done reading them. Whale legends have lived on through the pages of many books. Moby Dick, a classic book by Herman Melville, was inspired by a real sperm whale named Mocha Dick, […]

Panic at the Water’s Edge – Overcoming Hydrophobia

Panic at the Water’s Edge – Overcoming Hydrophobia

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When someone in the family suffers from a lifelong fear of water (hydrophobia), or suddenly develops it after years of boating, it can be disruptive and often disabling.  The fear may be passed along by parents or arise from a sudden trauma, but however it arrives, the phobia can be effectively diminished or eliminated. Martin […]