“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
William G.T. Shedd
I must confess that, whenever I quote William G.T. Shedd, I am usually standing safely on shore, far from the battering winds and unrelenting waves. In fact, most times I haven’t even made it on the ship, let alone out of the harbour. But there are those who have ventured forth upon the high seas with nothing more than a prayer to the gods and a determination to find new shores. And then there were others who looked to the heavens for answers. These were the ancient navigators.
This week, I want to explore the brave navigators of old who dared to follow their dreams, without the comfort of technology to guide their passage. I have a feeling that, along the way, we will be meeting some of our old friends from the “Narratives of Science” who helped speed their journey.
So batten down the hatches because we are sailing out into open waters. And remember…
“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan