“They were setting off on an adventure, and Hornblower was only too conscious that it was his own fault.”
― C.S. Forester
I can’t figure out why I’m interested in maritime and military history. I remember as a kid reading (of course!) a book about some unknown (I don’t remember exactly, but I think it was the U.S. Civil War) war strategy and having an innate visual grasp, or intuition, of what they were outlining. Hard to describe. I’m not much into warmongering–I don’t see the sense in waging war as a solution to anything. Peace and love and all that hippie shit, ya know. But, it still fascinates me. Especially maritime history–military engagements or otherwise. I love ships. For a birthday one year, I went to see the American Victory Ship in Tampa…which was amazing!
And, I’m also interested in maritime exploration and, despite being a fervid animal rights activist, the history of whaling as well.
So, I just put together a mashed-up list of historical peeps, books, stories, and ships that popped into my head.
African American Whaling Captains:
Female Pirates, Sailors and other Women associated with the sea:
The ship used in the film (above). Taken at OMSI in Portland, Oregon.
And, of course, anything and everything about the Titanic and other notable ships, doomed or otherwise.