Tranquilo in Aruba

Regular visitors and first-timers alike may find parts of Aruba to be more like Miami than a Caribbean island. And yet, there are still many quiet places to be enjoyed. A suggestion: go for a sail aboard Tranquilo and you’ll find yourself in a scene like this.

Tranquilo stops at Mangel Alto.

There are fringe reefs with little huts built along Aruba’s coast. These are only accessible via boat. There are also numerous places on shore where you can sit, relax, enjoy the view, and decompress. I’ll be making a video of several soon, so stay tuned here at The Bent Page. Bon dia.

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Sails off Eagle Beach

Here’s a photo looking over the Caribbean from Eagle Beach, Aruba. Those sailboats are racing along while the tanker sits at anchor.

Mean time, that handsome couple takes their morning stroll. Just one of the things that makes Aruba a fine destination.

Bon dia.

Published in: on November 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sloops of the Hudson River

The Sloops of the Hudson River is a fascinating work about these sailing craft that once plied the waters from New York City to Albany and beyond. The book is written by Paul E. Fontenoy and published by the Mystic Seaport Museum.

Those of you not interested in sailing vessels may want to pass. However, if you have a passing interest in how New York and its environs developed, you are well advised to consider this book. In the first place, Mr. Fontenoy tackles the details with a bit of flair, adding in personal contemporary accounts to bring life to a subject that would otherwise be too many facts and figures. Similarly, he has fold-out designs of various sloops which give the reader an opportunity to see their design from every angle. He goes all the way to produce financial records from various businesses to demonstrate the rise and fall of the traffic these vessels conducted.

After a bit of pondering, I propose that the development of trade, and in particular the efforts these owners and sailors invested into their operations, are demonstrable evidence to the evolution of the American Character. Here are people making their living on their own, without supreme guidance or central planning. They profited or failed much of their own accord, learning lessons from both experiences along the way. When their achievements of a more basic age are compared against those of today’s sophistication, I dare say modern progress seems a bit lacking.

If nothing else, those sailing types among my readers will enjoy the book for its technical excellence and readability. Enjoy it.

Published in: on November 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Marine Photography

While doing some more research for MacMillan Judge, Privateer, I came across Michael J. Berman’s website. He has some brilliant photographs of sailing ships there to be seen. Here is a linkĀ http://www.michaelbermanphotography.com/fineArtDyn.php?ID=49. It is very difficult to take pictures in the marine environment, let alone of sailing ships. The weather, the vessels, and any number of other factors can conspire against you. However, I’m impressed with Mr. Berman’s work, especially the black and white images.

Among them, you’ll find one of the Pride of Baltimore II. This is a topsail schooner, much like the one MacMillan Judge finds laid up in Spain. Judge buys it from a Spanish nobleman named Don Francisco. After some refit and repair, he and the crew rename her Fletcher. No need to tell you any more, you’ll have to read the book.

Please check out Mr. Berman’s site. You won’t be disappointed.

Published in: on March 22, 2009 at 6:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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