The Magical Midnight of the SS Warrimoo

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31′ N and LONG 179 30′ W. The date was 31 December 1899. “Know what this means?First Mate Payton broke in, “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”. Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ship’s position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.
The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.
The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.
In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in:
Two different days,
Two different months,
Two different years,
Two different seasons
But in two different centuries – all at the same time! 

What is John Wayne aiming at?

Tom Selleck Magnum and John Hillerman Higgins with Zeus and Apollo.

Spectacular C1-C3 Classic Corvettes….

A very nice 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, photographed at Mile End, South Australia.

A very nice 1961 Bentley S2 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ ……

Hikianalia and Hokulea Canoes Return from 40,000 Nautical Miles Journey

Hikianalia and Hokulea canoes
Hikianalia and Hokulea canoes

 

The legendary voyaging canoe Hokulea returns home on 6/17/2017 to Magic Island Beach Park in Hawaii. After being away 36 months, sailing approximately 40,000 nautical miles, and sharing stories, hope and inspiration with more than 100,000 people, the Hokulea returns to Hawaii on June 17 with a homecoming ceremony. The welcoming celebration will include the arrival of both the Hikianalia and Hokulea canoes, a kalii rite (spear hurling ritual) conducted by Hale Mua, followed by a formal ceremony.




Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting

Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting
Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting

 

Better known as The Who’s lead guitarist and principal songwriter, rock star and celebrity superyacht owner Pete Townsend has also had a life-long affair with sailing and owned almost as many boats as he has musical instruments.

Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting
Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting




 

 

Tucked into the corner of the saloon on his 38.4 metre classic sailing yacht Gloria, Pete Townshend is reeling off a rock anecdote because I’m trawling for one. He has been charitable enough to dip into a 50-year cache of stories that begin in this format – replace Moon and Reed with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton or any member of rock aristocracy – and toss me a tale of yacht-related debauchery.





The Royal Clipper

The Royal Clipper (largest sailing ship)
The Royal Clipper (largest sailing ship)

 

The Royal Clipper (largest sailing ship)

 

At 439 feet in length, the five-masted, 42-sail Royal Clipper is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world.
With 19,000 square feet of open deck and accommodations for up to 227 guests, the Royal Clipper is a sight to behold.




Star Clipper Cruises

The Royal Clipper
The Royal Clipper









Beautiful Seward Alaska

Beautiful Seward, AK
Beautiful Seward, AK

 

Beautiful Seward, AK.  Situated at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities. Experience trophy sport fishing, glacier and wildlife cruises, sailing, hiking, kayaking, flight seeing, summer dog sled rides, and more.




Harbor Opening – May 19 – 21
Seward Harbor Opening Weekend (SHOW) has been a local tradition for years, with businesses rolling out the red carpet in mid-to late May. Local residents get in on the action as well, swabbing decks and checking lines as we celebrate the arrival of the outdoor season to our shores.

Harbor activity abounds on Saturday and Sunday, when you can share in the blessing of the fleet, or watch the boat parade. Walk the docks and keep your eyes peeled for otter and sea lions who are hoping for their own fresh catch. Other activities in and around the marina include business open houses and specials.

It is the beginning of the season, so don’t forget to bring your boat with you and get that Coast Guard safety inspection done.

NEW for 2017 ~ The Seward Mermaid Festival on Saturday, May 20th

NEW for 2017 ~ The Seward Mermaid Festival on Saturday, May 20th
NEW for 2017 ~ The Seward Mermaid Festival on Saturday, May 20th




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