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A 30-minute video by Capt. Irving Johnson as a young man in 1929, capturing, in vivid black and white, the reality of sailing around the world on the Peking - including a Cape storm. h/t to Powerline for finding this remarkable record.
In the old days, going to sea was like going to war. Men died. John doesn't like the Captain's narration, but I love it. Sounds like he's from VT or NH, that old-timey Robert Frost sound. (Nope, Hadley, MA. I know Hadley well.)
The Peking is currently berthed at South Street Seaport, NYC.
I liked his narration too. And the danger of the trade, the two trainees washed overboard on the return, what a different era that was and how impressively tough the guys were. Where the heck was OSHA, anyway? And I think running up seventeen stories of shrouds is pretty d*mn amazing in itself.
Thanks for posting that. I remember seeing that many years ago at the Chicago Field Museum when an exhibit on the history of sailing was featured at that time. This movie stuck with me and seeing it again brought on not only nostalgia but a longing to be in the tradewinds myself. Time to break out the Patrick O'Brian again.
C H Lightoller, second officer and highest ranking survivor of the Titanic, served his apprentiship as a 13 year old from Liverpool to San Francisco and back again. Also round the Horn. Boys as well as young men.
As they were told to go aloft. The first mate said, "grumble you may, go you must."