Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Voyage 2
Is it just me, or do others find the new Blogger set up to be needlessly complex and not all that good. Oh well, what can you do. The tech heads are our new rulers. I suspect, one day, we'll all have to pay tribute to the technically inclined. A little bow, touch the cap brim, and say, "Please sir, can you look with pleasure on my unworthy self."
So, back to the southern seas collection. Imagine a world, before air travel, before the Panama Canal, when getting cargo or passengers from one ocean to another required a voyage through the southern seas. The route from Atlantic to Pacific involved a trip through the Straits of Magellan. A narrow channel between the mainland of South America and Tierra del Fuego. The straits were protected from the harsh conditions of the open ocean, but still subject to bad whether, powerful and unpredictable currents, and shallow reefs.
Written on the backs of the photos from top to bottom, "Smythe Canal," "Smythe Canal," "Straights of Magellan," Gletseher Bar, Straights of Magellan, Crossing the Bar," Magellan Straights," and "German Sailing Ship." Note, a strait is a narrow channel between two pieces of land. Straight is, well a straight line. The photos may have been taken by a seaman, but one who didn't know the difference between the two words.
And why doesn't the spellls chekr wokr?