Sailing in History

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    If you could sail on any ship in any era, which one would you choose? Why?

    I'm betwixt the Golden Hind with Sir Francis Drake and the Bismark from WWII.

    The swashbuckling + exploration of the first and the awesome, fearsome power of the second both pique my interests.

    Yours?
     
  2. dianetavegia

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    Oh this is an easy one. Without a doubt, I would have to choose the maiden voyage ..........

    On the Good Ship Lollipop
    I've thrown away my toys,
    Even my guns and trains,
    I want to make some noise,
    with real live aeroplanes.
    Some day I'm going to fly,
    I'll be a pilot to,
    and when I do,
    how would you,
    like to be my crew?

    On the good ship
    lollipop
    its a sweet trip
    to the candy shop
    where bon-bons play,
    on the sunny beach
    of peppermint bay
    Lemonade stands,
    everywhere
    crackerjack bands,
    fill the air,
    and there you are,
    happy landings on a chocolate bar.
    See the sugar bowl
    do a tootsie roll
    in a big bad devils food cake,
    if you eat too much,
    ohh, ohh,
    you'll awake,
    with a tummy ache.

    On the good ship
    lollipop
    its a nice trip,
    in to bed you hop,
    and dream away,
    on the good ship
    lollipop
     
  3. The Galatian

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    Any of the biremes at Salamis. Maybe the Admiral's ship. (the "Admiral" was nominally a Spartan general, for political reasons, but an Athenian was really in charge)

    As the Persians moved up the channel, the Greek ships, hidden in coves along the way, emerged and destroyed them. Xerxes had a fine view of the disaster from a seat overlooking the straits.

    The battle crushed any hopes the Perians had of defeating the Greeks. Athens, evacuated except for a symbolic garrison on the Acropolis, fell, but the Persian army could not remain without naval support, and had to withdraw.
     
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    When I was a child, I had a science book with an engraving of Charles Darwin's research cabin on board the Beagle. I was fascinated by the idea of a tiny, shipboard, naturalist's laboratory filled with specimens and Victorian instruments. Ever since then I've wished I could have gone along.

    -Neil
     
  5. ChurchBoy

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    Noah's Ark! I would just want to look at it and be awed by it shear size.
     
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    quote:
    shear size

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    The Ark was an icebreaker?

    I don't mind any ship that remains on land. I sailed one ship to Canada and 9 days on the North Atlantic was too much for me.

    I might be the only Baptist who baptizes in a dry tank....... [​IMG]

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    1. Bonhomme Richard
    Reason: John Paul Jones!
    I read about him in the 3rd
    or 4th grade and that helped
    to fuel my love for history.
    That along with the Civil
    War.

    2. Golden Hind
    Reason: Sir Francis Drake!
    There used to be a TV show
    about him when I was a kid.
    I watched the reruns I suppose.
    Do any of you remember it?

    3. Mayflower
    Reason: America here we come!

    4. Just about any aircraft carrier or
    battleship in the Pacific during
    WW II.
     
  8. td

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    1932- USS Houston docked on the Yangtze River at Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese War. My dad was a Marine Corp private in the radio room.
     
  9. Mike McK

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    I don't know. I love sailing and live on teh Chesapeake with some of the best sailing in the world so any answer I give would be a little out of place.

    I lived in Key West for awhile so I've always been fascinated by the Atocha.

    I've always been a big fan of Bull Halsey so maybe one of his ships (New Jersey, Missouri, or Enterprise)

    Maybe the Forrestal, although not during the fire.
     
  10. dianetavegia

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    Mike, our son and his family live in Baltimore and he sails with his father in law. He used to go out 3 or more times a week but they have a 7 month old now so it's not as often.

    Diane
     
  11. Mike McK

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    Hi, Diane.

    We're on the Upper Bay (between Chesterton and Rock Hall). The only time I really get to sail to Baltimore is when I'm moving a boat for somebody.

    The last time I went down there on my own time, we moored right off Ft McHenry for the fireworks.

    Mostly I sail out of Georgetown or Havre de Grace.

    I feel for your son. It's hard to do much of anything when you have small kids and sailing can be a real commitment.
     
  12. dianetavegia

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    We lived in Aberdeen for a number of years when Jim was in the Army so I know exactly where you're talking about.

    Scott's father in law has a good sized sailboat. He races on a regular basis. In fact, he's an engineer with the big chemical company and works an odd shift so he can be on his boat a lot. I've forgotten the name of the marina where he docks the boat. He took us to eat at a restaurant at the marina. The food was very good.

    I'm terrified of water. I like BIG boats but since I can't swim, I could never sail!
    Diane
     
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    I'm going with the ark too. The animals coming a 2 by 2, from the elephant and the kangaroo. [​IMG]
     
  14. ChurchBoy

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    Yes! another vote for Noah's Ark!! [​IMG] If I remember my history correctly, Noah's Ark was the largest vessel up until the 19th century. Does anyone know if this is true?
     

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