The passenger steamer SSWarrimoo 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 CaptainJohnDS.Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31′ N and LONG 179 30′ W. The date was 31 December 1899. “Knowwhatthismeans?” FirstMatePayton 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.