Dwight Long's Circumnavigation, 1934—1940.
Collection:
Los Angeles Maritime Museum Collection
Object Type:
Prints, photographic
Title:
Dwight on the deck of ketch IDLE HOUR.
Collection Description:
Dwight Long Collection.
Description of Photograph:
Dwight poses on the deck of the IDLE HOUR, in his captain's dress.
Explanation of Details:
Dwight's voyage was popular in the news, and many visitors attempted to board the ketch while in port for a view of life on a small boat. As well, eager to catch some adventure for themselves, strangers wrote to Dwight asking to be taken on as a shipmate. One such letter said in brief, "Perhaps you would like some company in your solitude?"—From Sailing All Seas in the IDLE HOUR, p. 186.
Background Information:
"I had navigated all the way to Sydney with a pocket watch! Many times my longitude would be some way off. Rather than risk the IDLE HOUR endanger her career as so many yachts have, I decided in favour of blowing my scant savings in the purchase of a second-hand chronometer. I had the dangerous waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea before me. Only one mistake and my trip in the IDLE HOUR would be finished---for ever."-From Sailing All Seas in the IDLE HOUR, p.187
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