Follow the Black Birds

“A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine” “From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.”   The Vikings had an uncanny way of judging speed and wind direction, recognizing current movements and pinpointing the times for high and low tides.  While very little is known about their navigational methodologies and techniques, historians have suggestedContinue reading “Follow the Black Birds”

Follow the Stars

“According to the Persians best informed in history, the Phoenicians began the quarrel. These people, who had formerly dwelt on the shores of the Erythraen Sea having migrated to the Mediterranean and settled in the parts which they now inhabit, began at once, they say, to adventure on long voyages, freighting their vessels with theContinue reading “Follow the Stars”

Follow The Coast

“When you get 11 fathoms and ooze on the lead, you are a day’s journey out from Alexandria.” Herodotus, 4th Century BCE I often think of the Greek historian, Herodotus more as a narrator of life than a pedantic historian. A prolific writer, he travelled the world drawing on the ancient Ionian tradition of storytelling.Continue reading “Follow The Coast”

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 aloneContinue reading “The Navigators”