There is some evidence that shows that the Chinese may have sailed to America before Columbus, which includes a Chinese map from 1417 showing both American continents. Sailing north from China, a sailor could stay close to land the entire way.
My great-grandfather was a fisherman in Norway. One day he went out and never came back. I always wondered where he was, the type of boat he had, what went wrong, etc.
For those interested in American history and sailing, there's the Mystic Seaport museum in Connecticut. I haven't been there in 20+ years, but I believe it's set up as an 1830's New England fishing village, complete with two or three ships from that era.
A person that I find very interesting is Captain James Cook. My first active duty assignment was a ship deployed to the Indian Ocean. It seemed that everywhere we went, the navigation charts were all based on original surveys by Captain James Cook. I found the body of his work to be amazing, particularly when you add in the Pacific.
(10-26-2014 12:44 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote: A person that I find very interesting is Captain James Cook. My first active duty assignment was a ship deployed to the Indian Ocean. It seemed that everywhere we went, the navigation charts were all based on original surveys by Captain James Cook. I found the body of his work to be amazing, particularly when you add in the Pacific.
He was by far my favorite explorer back in elementary school.
I've always been interested in the involvement of seafaring entities (pirates, privateers, navies, and otherwise) in the historical geopolitics of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. The Lafitte Brothers saga has always been of particular interest.
(01-10-2015 11:00 PM)CoastGuardHawk06 Wrote: Has anyone ever read, In the Heart of the Sea? It's the true story of a whaling ship out of Nantucket that inspired the story of Moby Dick.
Great read. I read it several years ago, but was reminded of it a couple months ago as I sailed in the very waters the true story occurred in, the East Pacific Ocean.
I remember reading that text a few years ago. Kinda reminded me why they call it the Abyssal Plain 3000m down. A vengeful sperm whale is the sanest of worries. There's still stuff down there that we have little information about. The unknown is scary.
(01-27-2015 10:17 AM)South Carolina Duke Wrote: Edward Teach and Stede Bonnett always..always interested me. Real characters at one time on this earth until Gov. Spottswood of Virginia dealt with Teach!!
I watched the cutscenes from the recent Assassin's Creed: Black Flag video game, and I found the portrayals of Stede Bonnett and Edward Teach/Thatch/Blackbeard to be particularly entertaining.
If you like pirates, may just want to watch it all. Other famous names (and some fictional ones) are included.