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Elsie Wilson sees it through

When I was a girl, I was always a little mystified by books and stories where other little girls would just cut their hair off, put on some pants, and run away disguised as boys. 232 more words

'Bessie Ellen' 10/10 - past, present, future

I am aboard the Westcountry trading ketch ‘Bessie Ellen’ (built in 1904) thinking of her as a bridge to the Westcountry trading ketch ‘Ceres’ (1811-1936). I have six men in mind – Henry Petherick, William and Walter Petherick. 1,032 more words

Maritime History

You always meet twice

Tales from the Archives. According to a German saying, you always meet twice in life. In early 1886, the people of Greece must have felt the cruel accuracy of this promise when they learned the name of the naval officer who had been charged with commanding the international naval squadron about to assemble outside the Greek ports in the Aegean Sea. 1,061 more words


Boat People: Cheek to Jowl With the Maritime Set in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

By Van Smith

Published in City Paper, Nov. 12, 1997

These days it is easy to forget that Baltimore is a port city. Merchant seamen don’t stumble around drunk on the Block anymore; now conventioneers do. 4,062 more words

Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Cunard on the way

People tend not to pay attention to much along State Street. If you’re a tourist, you’re there on your way to the waterfront or Quincy Market; if you’re a resident, you’re there on your way to or from your job in the Financial District. 254 more words

'Bessie Ellen' 8/10 - working sail

We spent a day in Fowey while the mainsail was repaired – an excellent repair by the sail loft at Toms Boatyard in Polruan, and returned to the Helford River the following day. 584 more words

The Sea

'Bessie Ellen' 7/10 - learning

The next day, the weather changes, the wind comes from slightly east of south. It is Force 4 when we leave Newlyn, although it rises to 5 later The rain sets in and visibility is poor.  485 more words

The Sea