Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

September 18th – important date for Canada and for James Cook

September 18th  1768  French surrendered their garrison at Quebec on the St. Lawrence river and effectively handed over Canada to the English. The formal end of the Seven Years’ War … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

October 11th, 1770 Cook anchors in Batavia

  October 11th, 1770, Cook and his crew aboard HMS Endeavour dropped anchor in Batavia, the capital of the Dutch East Indies (now near Jakarta, on the island of Java, … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

An obscure detail of Canadian history

September 7, 1572 – on this date Canada’s earliest recorded commercial transaction was made when an unknown Basque fisherman bought four scallops in beautiful, but often foggy, Chateau Bay, Labrador. … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

May 9th – Captain Cook completed his first ocean voyage

On this day (May 9th, 1758) James Cook completed his first ocean voyage – no, not the first of great voyages that were to make him justly famous as one … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 3 Comments

March 14, 1770 – (Cook’s first voyage) On the difference between Landsmen and sailors

March 14, 1770 – Cook’s First Voyage How do you tell a sailor from a landsman (or woman – landsperson is just too clumsy)? What’s the difference in mindset between … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Captain Cook’s Unfinished Voyage

This year (2016) I intend to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a solo crossing to the Azores, Canary Islands and Cape Verde. This new project is to retrace and research … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

Voyage to Ungava 20 – part 2 of 2 South with Gales, A Night to Remember

A Night To Remember Extract from first draft on my book: sailing south when a sudden and frightening cold squall overtook Kuan Yin It was impossible not to be wearied … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 6 Comments