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.

Tuesday, October 25, 1768, James Cook crosses the Line

October 25th, 1768,  Cook crossed the Line for the first time, something he was to do four more times in his life. Crossing the Line has long been an event … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Feb 14th – the day Captain James Cook was killed in Hawaii in 1779 (part 1 of 2)

Today – February 14th – is the anniversary of the death of the great sailor and explorer Captain James Cook, who was killed in Hawaii in 1779 while on his … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 5 Comments

A Touch of Darshan – or meeting your “heroes”

Just back from the Toronto Boat Show where I happened to meet the most famous and well-respected couple in cruising sailing – Lin and Larry Pardey.  Together they built two … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

* Sailboat of dreams (15) – Tahitiana hull in New England, USA.

Where are You Now? I came across this listing some time ago – I’ve no idea if this hull was sold or whether some enthusiastic buyer managed to complete the … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Voyage to Ungava 12 – So Far So Good – AND So Beautiful, So Daunting!

This was originally posted way back in July but mistakenly tagged as private: It’s only been four weeks since I left St. Anthony, on the northern tip of Newfoundland, but … Continue reading

July 21, 2012 · Leave a comment