Monday, September 22, 2008

Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing; Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness ...

... So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Update: I had written the Mystic Seaport museum asking for permission to post the images below. Today they got back to me and graciously granted it ... with a couple of requests that seemed reasonable.

This one's for the sailors in the audience.
Olin J. Stephens II, 100, the premier yacht designer of the 20th century who revolutionized the sport of yacht racing, died Sept. 13 in Hanover, N.H.
I mourn his loss but I think anyone who makes it to 100 had a pretty good run.

And what a run! What follows is a image series of a small part of Olin and his partner Sparkman's accomplishments:

(c) Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection, Mystic, CT


(c) Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection, Mystic, CT


(c) Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection, Mystic, CT


(c) Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection, Mystic, CT

I'll leave you with this:
"The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." -Henry David Thoreau
There is so much more.

Sail on, sail on, sailor.


Addendum: The credit for the wonderful photography falls to Rosenfeld and Sons. at the Mystic Seaport Collection.



Cross posted at VidiotSpeak