Join the C.A.N.O.E. (Committee to Attribute a Nautical Origin to Everything)

Art of Manliness

Sea-Fever Southern California correspondent Mia C. recently sent over a link to an Art of Manliness post about nautical language embedding itself in our modern lexicon like a Somali pirate boarding a Saudi tanker under the cover of darkness. (Three Sheets to the Wind: Nautical Slang in Common Usage November 9, 2010)

What troubled me most about the post was their manly “claim” that C.A.N.O.E., the Committee to Attribute a Nautical Origin to Everything, is a  “tongue-in-cheek (and completely fictional) organization.” Next thing you know they’ll “claim” things about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and maybe even the Tooth Fairy.

Well, that’s ok, we’ll be happy to host and sponsor the next C.A.N.O.E. AGM at Sea-Fever blog world headquarters here in Mattapoisett.

Back to the post. My favorite nautical phrase in the Art of Manliness post is “son of a gun” which was new to me.

What’s your favorite?

Moby-Monday: 2010 Moby-Dick (the movie)

From the same people who brought us Titanic II (huh?), on November 30, coming straight to your DVD player, Herman Melville‘s classic  has been updated: 2010 Moby Dick. I guess the original (and all previous versions) were not good enough; nothing a few helicopters and machine guns can’t fix thankfully.

Bananas + Suitcases + Crabs = Bad Luck

No denying that sailors are a superstitious lot.  But NEVER, EVER bring bananas or suitcases on a crab boat.

How Stuff Works – Why are fishermen superstitious of bananas?

Here’s Sig from the Deadliest Catch talking about his superstitions. (sorry about the Discover Channel autoplaying their video) Continue reading Bananas + Suitcases + Crabs = Bad Luck

Moby-Monday: “In the Unequal Cross-Lights” — Contemporary Sculptors Respond to the Whaling Museum Collections

Giant Squid sculpture by Erik Durant

Last month I took the kids to New Bedford Open Studios and one of the highlights was meeting sculptor Erik Durant and seeing his giant squid which was under construction for the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s outdoor sculpture show which opened last week. Durant’s studio is always a real hit with the kids if for no other reason than his giant ear sculpture with companion Q-tip;  Joy especially loves it.

The sculpture show is titled “”In the Unequal Cross-Lights” — Contemporary Sculptors Respond to the Whaling Museum Collections” and the title is derived from Moby-Dick. From David Boyce’s article in the New Bedford Standard Times:

The project’s title is taken from “Moby-Dick,” referring to Ishmael’s visit to the Spouter-Inn, where in the “unequal cross-lights” he sees a painting on the wall that confounds him. Melville writes that this artwork requires “careful inquiry,” “earnest contemplation,” and “repeated ponderings.” In other words, much like looking at some contemporary art work, one must allow it time to divulge its intentions, its message, its meaning, or merely its composition.

Photo from ErikDurant.com

Schooner Ernestina: Great video of most recent work by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard

Here’s a great video by the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard about their most recent Ernestina project. They also kept an interesting online Shipyard Log of their Ernestina work.

Help Schooner Ernestina Set Sail Again – Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Bedford Standard Times report and my friend Don Cuddy wrote a good overview of what’s going to take place on Saturday at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Supporters to meet to chart future of troubled Ernestina (Oct. 27, 2010)

For more information and to register for the event, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.

This is Schooner Ernestina Week on Sea-Fever, so please make sure you check out all of the interesting and informative posts on one of the world’s most storied ships.

Schooner Ernestina 2002 Casualty Presentation by Captain Sophie Morse at the 2003 ASTA Conference (video)

Schooner Ernestina has “educated” a lot of young people and few older ones over the years. Here’s a video of Captain Sophie Morse’s presentation at the 2003 Safety Under Sail Forum at the ASTA Conference. For professional sail trainers and mariners of all kinds, there’s a lot to learn from it.

On Saturday, October 30th the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting an event to help chart a future course for the Schooner Ernestina. For more information, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.

In honor of the grand old girl, this is Schooner Ernestina week on Sea-Fever. Navigate back here frequently and check out all of the posts!

Sail Her Home (The Schooner Ernestina Song) by the Rum Soaked Crooks

Here’s a beautiful song that was written sung by the Rum-Soaked Crooks about the Schooner Ernestina. It was performed at the recent Concert for the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Fund. (Please Help me Help the Seamen’s Bethel – Oct. 6, 2010) It was a fun evening with great songs for a worthy cause.

On Saturday, October 30th the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting an event to help chart a future course for another worthy cause, the Schooner Ernestina. For more information, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.

What’s your Vision for Ernestina?

Schooner Ernestina

This Saturday, a crew of concerned citizens of Massachusetts and the greater maritime world are getting together to share their ideas about what might be the future of a ship that has more lives than a cat and more sea stories than a sailor. The schooner Ernestina is in dire need of help and if you are in the greater New Bedford area and care about America’s rich maritime heritage, you should attend and participate.

The event is being held on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the  New Bedford Whaling Museum. Pre-registration is requested. Visit the Sail Ernestina website for more information.

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association Facebook page.

This week, I’m dedicating a boatload of posts to the amazing Ernestina. If you want to guest post, let me know.

Moby-Monday: A song about the thoughts of a young Moby-Dick

Last Thursday marked the first of a series of concerts organized by the Ladies Branch of the New Bedford Port Society for the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Project Fund. It was a great evening of shanties and sea stories by Dillon Bustin and the Rum-Soaked Crooks.

Here’s a short video of a neat song that Dillon Bustin sang. It was part of a youth education program that he helped organize in which students wrote a prequel to Moby-Dick. The song give each of the characters in Herman Melville’s classic an adolescent outlook. Here’s what was doing on with Moby-Dick. (Low light video but audio is definitely worth the listen.)

The Seamen’s Bethel is one of America’s historic treasures. Hope you will consider making a donation to it’s Restoration Project Fund so that future generations will be able to experience it.  For more information or to get involved, please visit the Seamen’s Bethel website, email support@portsociety.org or call +1 508-992-3295.