Tag Archives: Ships & Sailing

1932: from the “Penaglis M. Hadoulis”

John Everett: Seascape from the “Penaglis M. Hadoulis” (1931-32)

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1877: Lights

John Atkinson Grimshaw: Scarborough Lights (1877)

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2.2 mya: Matsya and the Asura Hayagriva

In Hindu mythology, there are four historical eras, yugas,  that repeat in a cycle; the first of these is the Satya Yuga, followed by the Treta Yuga, the Dvapara Yuga, and, finally, the Kali Yuga. We are presently in a … Continue reading

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1887: Lake

John Olson Hammerstad: Lake Michigan (c. 1887)

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1850: The Ninth Wave

Ivan Aivazovsky: The Ninth Wave (1850) The title is a reference to a traditional belief among sailors that waves grow larger and larger in a sequence up to the ninth wave—the largest—and then the sequence begins again.

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1819: Kahikona arrives in Hawai’i

Beginning in the early part of the last millennium, Polynesians explored 16 million square miles of ocean by canoe, navigating by the stars, sun, clouds, ocean swells, and currents; they settled on every habitable island in the Pacific and likely … Continue reading

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1876: The Bowsprit Got Mixed with the Rudder Sometimes.

He had bought a large map representing the sea, Without the least vestige of land: And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be A map they could all understand. —Lewis Carroll: The Hunting of the Snark … Continue reading

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