The Navigators

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The Navigators

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

27 thoughts on “The Navigators

  1. I think the Polynesians and vikings who dared the seas on open boats must have been amazing men.

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    • I agree! When I look into the dark waters, my heart grows faint.

      “The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.” – Joseph Conrad

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      • a sailor’s heart is that of an adventurer. I recently read “Two Years Before the Mast” – an amazing tale, especially in its descriptions of California not that long ago.

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      • I have placed an order at the Vancouver Public Library for “Two Years Before the Mast!” Sounds like a fantastic adventure…

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      • hope you like it. It did make the Harvard Classics – which was where I found it. My dad found a set of them used somewhere and we had them in our house when I was a kid.

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  2. That ist realy good, clanmother.
    The quote helps me today! I have many new appointments, that is exciting but I have a little bit fear.
    But if I stay home there will nothing happens.
    Have a nice day greetings from Susanne

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    • Thank you for stopping by – so much appreciated! I heard that every day, you should do something that scares you!!! I know that whatever appointments you have today, you will be remarkable!!

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    • Ah, my dear friend! I have a feeling that you are continuing in their footsteps. You have set sail many times. I am just catching up.

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  3. The stars are ancient navigators still used in our country and most of the traditional fisherman use the stars. “Do not sailing if you are afraid of the waves” is an Indonesian words heritage. Lovely quotes, Rebecca.

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    • Thank you for a wonderful quote – I have added it to my library of “important quotes.” I truly enjoy reading your comments – they add a great deal to the dialogue.

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