I’m not a sailor. However, sailing ships of the 18th and 19th centuries have long interested me. Here are some “old” photos at Mystic Seaport, in Connecticut, from back in 2000, at the Charles W. Morgan:
Before I go on. Don’t ask about the glasses, please. That was 16 years ago.
In speeches and letters, he was fond of nautical metaphors. (“We shall put her on her republican tack…”) Yet he was never happy at sea. When asked to consider returning to France, he made it quite plain there was no way he would cross the Atlantic ever again.
For Conventions, I’ve been reading up on sail in the 18th century. Nowadays, we get huffy over a 2 hour airport delay, some misplaced luggage, or waiting at security for “30 minutes.” Of course that’s nothing compared to how slow, uncomfortable, often seriously sea-sickening, and even deadly, it could be to travel by sail between Europe and America in, say, 1785.
On that, uh, pleasant historical comparative note, have a good weekend, wherever you are. 🙂