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.

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

How superstitious are you?

How superstitious are you?  Sailors have a reputation for being superstitious – believing everything from not whistling on a boat (it brings up the wind) to not changing the name … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

June 3, 1769 – Observing the Transit of Venus

The official purpose of Cook’s first voyage around the world was to observe the Transit of Venus in Tahiti in order to aid astronomical calculations, specifically the calculation of a … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Keeping your WITs about you – Whatever It Takes

Keeping your WITs about you! The importance of Whatever It Takes. Turning any dream into reality takes more than a good idea, enthusiasm and even hard work. In my experience, … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

Thursday, May 19 – 1768 Another important date for James Cook

On this day, ship’s master James Cook accepted 100 guineas (in addition to his naval pay) to command the expedition aboard HMB (His Majesty’s Bark) Endeavour to Tahiti to observe … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · Leave a 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

Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour may have been found

HMS Endeavour off the coast of New Holland, by Samuel Atkins c. 1794 Researchers on Rhode Island, in the US, may have found the remains of HMS Endeavour – the … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 2 Comments