Hemp was commonly used to make sail canvas. The word "canvas" is derived from the word cannabis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
Peru uses an ingenious system of "fog catchers" to make water accessible to residents of capital Lima's low-income neighborhoods. The fog catchers resemble large rectangular sailboat sails, which are composed of nylon nets that trap microdroplets of water. youtube.com/watch?v=ko8tS…
Sailships aren't really moved by the wind blowing into the sail and pushing it forward. The curved shape of the sail creates a lift force acting forward, same the aerodynamic lift that makes an aircraft fly. The wind direction can be of almost any angle relative to the ship. discoverboating.com/resou…
Today I learned about Marvin Creamer an American college professor who became the first person to sail around the world without any navigational equipment. He relied on the sun, stars and moon to guide him instead of a compass, sextent, clock or any other type of navigational instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1841 during a naval battle between Argentina and Uruguay, the ship from Uruguay ran out of cannonballs. The captain ordered his men to shove the hard balls of cheese they had onboard into the cannons and to fire those. The cheese tore holes in the Argentine ship's sails and killed 2 sailors. anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
During the Civil War a Maine woman was captured at sea by Confederate pirates but escaped by getting them blackout drunk and then convincing their slave crew to "make them prisoners" and sail with her to freedom. maineatwar.bangordailynew…
When the ship the HMS Guardian struck an iceberg in 1789, its captain decided to stay on it with 62 people. 259 left in boats. However, the captain was able to save the ship and sail back to land. It took 9 weeks, but everyone on the ship made it. Of the 259 that left, only 15 survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
In 2010 a man was rescued while attempting to sail around the United Kingdom. Using only a road map for navigation the 'sailor' had been keeping the coast to his right and in error ended up sailing in circles around the Isle of Sheppey until he ran out fuel. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/engla…
The longest straight line you could sail is 32,000 kilometers. Sonmiani, Pakistan to Karaginsky District, Russia technologyreview.com/2018…
Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, and Mark Zuckerberg founded a project to send swarms of tiny spacecraft, driven by solar sails powered by gigawatt lasers, to nearby stars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
The written form of the Finnish language was largely created by one man, who was born at an unknown date somewhere around 1510. The invention of the printing press and the first sails to the Americas predate first texts ever written in Finnish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Today I learned of Jeanne De Clisson, a 14th century Pirate Queen who took to the seas out to get revenge on the French king for executing her husband. She sold her estates and raised an army, raiding French ships with no mercy. She had 3 ships; they were painted black and their sails were red. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The Aegean Sea is named after Aegeus, father of Theseus. Aegeus told Theseus to put up white sails when returning if he was successful killing the Minotaur. Theseus forgot & Aegeus subsequently drowned himself in the sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeg…
The first proposal for space travel in English history was made by Oliver Cromwell’s brother-in-law in the 17th century, who thought that we just needed to fly 20 miles above the Earth to be released from its magnetism and sail to other planets to trade with the inhabitants. historyextra.com/period/s…
Today I learned of the Sewee, a Native American tribe who in 1670 decided to build a navy and sail en masse to England. Their canoes were swamped and survivors sold to slavery in the West Indies, wiping out the tribe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sew…
Today I learned about "Texas chicken," a result of water pressure changes, where large ships in narrow channels have to sail towards each other to avoid collisions. scribd.com/document/35838…
In nautical terms, the chain that attaches to the corner of a sail is known as a "sheet". The expression "three sheets to the wind", which implies that someone is inebriated, refers to those chains being loose, allowing the sail to wave around wildly in the wind like a drunk. grammarist.com/idiom/thre…
In order to bolster the English navy with rope, sails, and netting, Henry VIII ordered that farmers grow 1/4 acre of hemp for every 60 acres of farmland, otherwise they’d be fined three shillings and four pence. Elizabeth I raised the fine to Β£5. ecohustler.com/article/th…
Today I learned about the Halo Drive, a proposed method for interstellar travel that combines black holes, gravitational slingshots, lasers, and solar sails to propel a ship close to the speed of light without expending fuel. youtube.com/watch?v=rFqL9…
In the opening credits of Gilligan’s Island, as the SS Minnow sails out of the harbor, flags can be seen in the background flying at half-staff given that the filming of the show’s pilot took place the week of the JFK assassination. youtube.com/watch?v=c-efW…
The constellation Argo Navis (representing a ship) was considered impractical by astronomers for being too big and in 1930 it was broken down in three constellations: Carina (the hull), Puppis (the Deck) and Vela (the sail) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
The idiom, "I like the cut of your jib" was derived from a sailing reference in the 1700s of identifying friendly or hostile ships from the cut, or shape, of their jib sails. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jib
A merchant ship called The Ouzel set sail from Dublin in 1695 and was declared lost for 5 years until in 1700 the ship returned carrying the full crew and some pirate bounty (they said they were hijacked by pirates)... comeheretome.com/2012/05/…
A submarine ran out of fuel about 100 miles from hawaii while searching for a lost tug. Sub R14 had empty reserve tanks, no radio communications and a week's worth of food. Crew rigged up blankets and mattress covers as sails. It sailed back to Hawaii over 5 days. pigboats.com/subs/r-14.ht…
All U.S. aircraft carriers are Nuclear Powered, meaning they can continuously sail for up to 25 years without needed to refuel. world-nuclear.org/informa…
During the Civil War a Maine woman was captured at sea by Confederate pirates but escaped by getting them blackout drunk and then convincing their slave crew to "make them prisoners" and sail with her to freedom. maineatwar.bangordailynew…
After her husband was executed by the King of France, Jeanne de Clisson took to piracy and formed the "Black Fleet" - ships painted in black with red sails that would attack French warships. britannica.com/list/6-lad…
A man survived the sinking of a ship in 1871, leaving him traumatized afterwards. Some forty years later he was finally able to overcome his fears and sail again... only to die on the Titanic. encyclopedia-titanica.org…
In the 16th-18th century, the linguistically isolated Basque people of the Pyrenees would sail so far north to whale, that they formed pidgins (simple mixes of two languages allowing basic communication) with both the Icelandic and Algonquin peoples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
U.S WW1 submarines had masts and sails to be used as an alternative to it's electric motor when surfaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Bruno Sroka used a kite-powered surfboard to sail 290 miles from France to Ireland, spending near 17 hours on open water. surfertoday.com/kiteboard…
About The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway... It is a Series of Connected MAN MADE Canals, Rivers, Bays 3,000 Miles Long Along The Shores Of The Atlantic Coast... That Let You Sail Small Boats In Safe Waters All The Way From Boston To Florida And Around The Gulf To Texas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
A billionaire is plotting to propel thousands of miniature satellites at 20% the speed of light by aiming minutes-long 100-gigawatt laser pulses at light sails as early as the 2040s, to arrive at Proxima B (the nearest Earthlike planet in the Goldilocks Zone of Alpha Centauri) by the 2060s scientificamerican.com/ar…
The expression "cut of one's jib" comes from the maritime practice of identifying a ship's country of origin, and consequently the sailor's opinion of the ship, by the shape of their sails phrases.org.uk/meanings/c…
One can sail in a straight line from Pakistan to Russia without touching land, about 19,940 miles (32,090 km). smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Actor Toby Stephens (Captain Flint in Black Sails) is the son of Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tob…
A cruise ship is primarily for pleasure and often sails a circular route whereas an ocean liner is primarily a transportation method taking passengers from one place to another. twistedsifter.com/2014/04…
Today I learned of the 'Royal Clipper' - the world's largest, and only, operational full-rigged sailing (as in sails) ship. She serves as a luxury cruise ship plying Mediterranean waters in the summer, and Caribbean waters in the winter. fodors.com/cruises/star-c…
A man survived 438 days lost at sea on a 7 meter boat without any fishing gear, shelter, sails or paddles. He survived on food caught with his bare hands, rainwater collected in floating discarded plastic bottles, and his own urine. He drifted from Mexico to the Marshall Islands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
America's Cup sail boat teams have a role known as "Grinder" whose purpose is to provide hydraulic pressure to their controls system via hand crank or stationary bike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
During the battle of Okinawa, the USS Laffey was hit by five kamikaze attacks, 3 bombs scored direct hits, while 2 landed near the ship over the span of 80 minutes. Despite this, not only did the ship remain afloat, but with little repair she was able to sail home to Seattle on her own power. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
IKAROS was the first true solar sail spacecraft fully propelled by sunlight launched in 2010 by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). On 8 December 2010, IKAROS passed by Venus at about 80,800 km (50,200 mi) distance, completing the planned mission successfully. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKA…
Only one major cruise ship is registered in the US - the NCL Pride of America, which only sails in a circle around Hawaii. usatoday.com/story/travel…
The crab-claw sail is something of an enigma. It has been demonstrated to produce very large amounts of lift when reaching, and overall seems superior to any other simple sail plan. One popular but disputed theory is that the crab-claw wing works like a delta wing, generating vortex lift. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
There's a marine species known as Velella Velella that travels across the ocean via a rigid wind sail that floats above the water's surface en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
Today I learned about the β€œPortuguese Man-of-War”. The sea creature is made up of four separate organisms working together, uses one of the organisms as a sail and has tentacles that can grow up to 165ft long. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Some bluebottle jellyfish sails are right-handed and some are left-handed, across the body, so when the wind comes up it only grabs the ones with the sail going the right way for that particular breeze. It's nature's way of making sure the population never becomes extinct. australianmuseum.net.au/l…
Today I learned of the "Just Missed it Club," a group of people who, for one reason or another did not sail on the Titanic. One of these members was Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, son of the late shipping and railroad mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt. He died in the Lusitania disaster 3 years later. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Monkeys traveled from Africa to South America most likely on floating islands that used trees as sails. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Tom Cruise was sailing on his yacht off the coast of Capri and saw a sinking sailboat in flames. He immediately set sail toward the incident and pulled the five victims to safety. papermag.com/tom-cruise-s…
The Titanic's coal stores had been burning for weeks before she set sail, damaging the starboard side of the ship where the iceberg hit. There was not only a cover-up, but evidence that the fire damaged the hull enough to be a large contributing factor to why the iceberg caused such damage. nytimes.com/2017/01/03/wo…
The Confederate ironclad warship CSS Virginia outmaneuvered, shot, rammed into shallow waters then burned multiple Union naval sailing frigates attempting a blockade. This marked the worldwide end of the Age of Sail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age…
It is possible to sail directly downwind, faster than the wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Sail boat are mostly pulled by wind similar to how planes are lifted by their wings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Today I learned of Laura Dekker, the Dutch girl who in 2011 became the youngest person to sail around the world solo. She did it in a year and celebrated her 16th birthday on the trip. yachtingworld.com/voyages…
John Smith was a pirate, beheaded three Turks in jousting matches while fighting for the Holy Roman Army, and was enslaved in Russia until he escaped by killing his master. He did all this before he set sail for present day Virginia, United States. nps.gov/jame/learn/histor…
How people get ships in bottles. It turns out the ship is assembled outside the bottle, the sails are laid flat, the ships slides in the bottle neck, and then a series of strings pulls the sails into their proper position youtu.be/pqUpopljnS0
Peru technically has an Atlantic Ocean port. The city of Iquitos, with a population of 471,993, is the largest city without connection to the rest of its nation by road. However, ships can sail from Iquitos down the Amazon River into the Atlantic without impediment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iqu…
The Spanish ship 'SantΓ­sima Trinidad' featured 140 guns & was the heaviest-armed warship in the Age of Sail - a period from the 16th century to the 19th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Mario Rigby took more than two years to walk, paddle, and sail 12,000 km across Africa, from South Africa to Egypt, during which time he was: shot at, jailed, attacked by snakes, and had nearly drowned (among other things). youtube.com/watch?v=Gwgax…
"Sail" by AWOLnation is the only song to reach a new peak after spending more than a year on Billboard's 100 chart. Since 2011, the song keeps generating sales due in large parts to viral video of wingsuits and cats, BMW commercials, Vikings and CW TV promos. billboard.com/articles/ne…
On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu, naming them the 'Sandwich Islands' after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich. history.com/this-day-in-h…
A Frenchwoman, Jeanne de Clisson, became a pirate in the 1300's for revenge after her husband was beheaded. Selling her lands to buy 3 ships, they were painted black with red sails. Hunting French ships, when she caught nobles, she personally beheaded them with an axe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
In 427bc the Mytilenian debate was held in Athens where they decided to kill and enslave the island of Lesbos, Athens decided to save the Lesbians after a second debate but had to sail day and night to get to the island before the first boat arrived with the kill order, they arrived just in time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myt…
The French claim they had the first ship to sail the Suez Canal in 1869. However, the British in fact were the first, after Captain Nares surprised them by secretly sailing his vessel past their waiting ships under the cover of night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
When Millvina Dean (the last remaining survivor of the sinking of RMS Titanic) died, she was cremated, and her ashes were scattered from where the Titanic set sail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned of a man who survived the fire and sinking of a ship in 1871, leaving him emotionally scarred. 41 years later, he was finally able to overcome his fears and nightmares, deciding to sail again... only to die in the sinking of that new ship: The Titanic. encyclopedia-titanica.org…
A man who survived the sinking of a ship in 1871 was finally able to overcome his fears and decided to sail again in 1911: he died in the sinking of the Titanic. encyclopedia-titanica.org…
The Titanic II which is set to sail in 2016 will replicate the former ship so much that third class passengers will actually be 'deloused' on arrival. nydailynews.com/news/worl…
The saying "cut of one's jib" is because in the 17th century, the shape of the jib sail often identified a vessel's nationality, and hence whether it was hostile or friendly. dictionary.reference.com/…
The largest class of satellites are the Orion spy satellite class. These giant listening devices are equipped with an umbrella shaped sail that is estimated to be 330 ft in diameter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
When Ferdinand Magellan prepared to sail around the world in 1519, he spent more money on sherry than on weapons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
The word "strike" as in a labor stoppage borrows from the practice of 18th Century British sailors who would strike or lower their ship's sails and not raise them again until they'd been paid. historynewsnetwork.org/ar…
Blue Star Lines is building a replica of the Titanic, called Titanic II, it is planned to sail the original path from England to New York in 2018 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
A man who survived the sinking of a ship in 1871 was finally able to overcome his fears and decided to sail again in 1911: he died in the sinking of the Titanic. encyclopedia-titanica.org…
Canadian singer Grimes once sailed down the Mississippi River in a DIY houseboat loaded with live chickens and 20 lbs of potatoes. The engine failed soon after setting sail and they spent three weeks gliding downstream, trying to fix the engine and dodge police. pitchfork.com/news/45488-…
A 14-year-old Henry II tried to take the English throne from his uncle (Stephen I) by invading England w/o his parent's permission & w/o any money. When his plan failed and he couldn't pay his troops, he had to ask his uncle for money so he could sail back to France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
One of the world's oldest recorded jokes dates to 1600 B.C. and is included in a political treatise inscribed on a roll of papyrus: "How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jok…
The Chinese invented a 1-wheeled wheelbarrow in 200AD. One man could carry up to 6x the weight than if he were using a Western wheelbarrow. Some Chinese wheelbarrows were further improved by adding sails, turning them into 3rd-Century Wind-Powered Land-Ships lowtechmagazine.com/2011/…
During WWII, 5 Americans ended up in a lifeboat with no food, water, oars or mast after their ship sunk. Hours later, a keg of water floated by. Then a mast. Then a sail. Later, while making a rudder, they found hidden food. They sailed 300 miles, through a typhoon, and eventually made it home. winsevy.com/marine-wake-i…
Solar sail is a method of spacecraft propulsion that a spaceship can be "blown" in the space by the force from the light, just like a sailing boat. The total force exerted on an 800 by 800 meter solar sail is about 5 newtons (1.12 lbf) at Earth's distance from the Sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
In 1950 the crew of a bulk freight carrier propelled it with an improvised sail when the engine went out; it was the last use of the sail for bulk freight ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
'Le Rodeur' - a French slave ship that set sail with captured Africans in 1819 - had such dire conditions onboard that the entire crew and human cargo of 182, bar one, became infected and lost their eyesight at sea. Reports of the tragedy inspired a world renowned anti-slavery poem. bartleby.com/372/232.html
Jason Lewis circumnavigated the Earth without using motors or sails. He walked, cycled, & inline skated 5 continents. He kayaked, swam, rowed, & pedalled a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. It took him 13 years to complete the 46,505-mile journey. zidilife.com/jason-lewis-…
The worlds most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker which routinely visits North Pole can't cross the equator and sail to southern hemisphere: the tropicals waters are too warm for it to operate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yam…
A replica of the Titanic is scheduled to set sail in 2018 foxnews.com/travel/2016/0…
The first swimming pool ever to go to sea had been installed on Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic, which set sail a year before the Titanic titanic.nmni.com/On-Board…
Inca emperror TΓΊpac Inca Yupanqui allegedly contacted a people who came to the Americas on ships in 1480 "there arrived at Tumbez some merchants who had come by sea from the west, navigating in balsas with sails" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
That, during WWI, 16 days before the ship RMS Lusitania set sail, Germany published a warning in the New York Times that they would sink the ship if it set sail to Britain. They went anyway and 1198 people died.
The United States Coast Guard has an active commissioned 295-foot sail boat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USC…
The Portuguese man o' war isn't a jellyfish and isn't even a single organism. Instead, it is a colony of smaller interdependent organisms. It can also deflate its sail to avoid attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
In 1825 the Baron of Renfrew, one of the largest wooden ships ever built, set sail from Anse du Fort, Quebec to London, England. Her mission, to be scrapped for wood on arrival in order to exploit a loophole in British lumber tariffs. She sunk 650 miles offshore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about the concept of using non physical sails to ride solar winds and travel at a possible 180,000 Kph scientificamerican.com/ar…
In 1962 a Japanese man became the first person to sail across the Pacific solo. He was arrested when he arrived in San Francisco for not having a passport or money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
It's possible to sail in a straight line from Pakistan to Siberia without ever touching land. youtube.com/watch?v=J8qcW…
The Dutch Marine Corps was the first military unit in history to specialise in amphibious operations. During their first operation in 1667, they supported naval forces to sail upriver and burn the English fleet at anchor, effectively ending the 2nd Anglo-Dutch war revolvy.com/topic/Raid%20…
Today I learned about Scarlet Sail tradition, a huge public event to celebrate the end of the school year in St Petersburg where millions of pupils are attending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
It is possible to sail in excess of twice the speed of the wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
A Great Storm devastated England in 1703. The damage included more than 400 destroyed windmills; in some the sails turned so fast that the friction caused the wooden wheels to overheat and catch fire, burning them down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
You can sail almost 20,000 miles in a straight line from Pakistan to Russia without hitting land. gcmap.com/mapui?P=25%B025…

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