Monday, February 28, 2011
We found this sign on a dusty back road in the hills above San Blas. Why it was there, who knows, but it is a quote worth translating.
"When all the trees have died, the wildlife and fish destroyed, and we can not drink the water, maybe then, we will understand that we can not eat money."
Friday, February 18, 2011
“The Victualling Board was responsible for the purchase, preservation and distribution to ships of all naval victuals………This wide responsibility opened the way, …….to wide spread peculation and dishonesty,……..Complaints from the captains of ships to the victualling commissioners were frequent and virulent, but rarely produced any improvement. ‘In the case of pork,’ ran a typical complaint, ‘the cheeks, ears feet and other offal of the hog were thrown in as part of the men’s allowance….’”(exert from Oxford Companion to Ships and The Sea).
Saturday, February 5, 2011
When you think you are almost there, something always pops up. Like all of us who are ageing, we need a little more TLC as time goes by. Narama soon to hit the big 40 years is no exception. In fact it was during that TLC we were giving her that I found the hairline crack in the baby stay fitting. Until the stainless steel was nicely polished the crack was invisible. In the photo I have widened it with a little leverage, not something I should have been able to do by hand. So what would have happened had I not seen it and it broke at sea? Well at best we would see it go and re-secure it in some fashion after reducing sail quickly. At worst I guess we could lose the mast if we were really pounding or sailing hard. Moral of the story is there is more to brasso than vanity! Any way, I am off to the welders.