Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities

nautical curiosities

Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities: A Book of the Sea – Terry Breverton

I was given my copy of Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities as a gift from an old boyfriend.  The boyfriend has long gone now but my Breverton’s remains by my side as a much-treasured item.

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superior mirage

Fata Morgana

superior mirage

What is a Fata Morgana?

A fata morgana is an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions.  These complex superior mirages appear on the horizon.  They can be seen either on the sea or land and at different altitudes with some being observed from aeroplanes. These mirages can take all forms, mountains or towns on the sea, to ships that fly in the air.

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blistering barnacles

Blistering Barnacles!

blistering barnacles

Top ten facts you probably didn’t know about barnacles.

Blistering Barnacles!  The bane of many a seafarer, the humble barnacle is responsible for a multi-billion dollar biofoul industry.  Here are some unusual facts about this tenacious crustacean.

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moua

Underwater Statues

Underwater Statues Around the World.

head in the sand

Humans as a species have been responsible for some pretty lousy abuse of the oceans, especially in recent history.   For once though something we are placing into the ocean is a force for good.  Underwater statues are being placed on seabeds around the world and they seem to be having a positive effect.

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Decorative Knots

Nautical Decorative Knots.

decorative knots

Nautical knotwork, decorative knots, fancy knotting, creative rope craft and knotting are just some of the phrases used to describe the traditional craft that was popular with mariners the world over during the age of sail.

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Internet Service Provider Filters

internet service provider

I want to talk a bit about Internet Service Providers (ISP) filtering content and the overblocking that can occur with these filters.  In the UK at least, since 2013 all ISPs have been filtering content that might be adult or illegal in order to protect minors.  All new customers will now automatically be opted-in to the ISP’s own content filter.  Unless you specifically change your settings you may be seeing a reduced number of sites on your device.  I’m not up to speed with the filtering of content in the US but would imagine it’s on a state by state basis. What are these filters, what are they blocking and are they always blocking the right sites?

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the bowline knot

The Bowline Knot

The Bowline Knot – The Essential Knot for Sailors

the bowline knot

The bowline must be the most popular knot in the sailing world.  One of the first knots to be mastered by the novice sailor it is considered to be one of the most versatile and trusted knots a sailor will use.  Whilst, not the strongest knot it is easy to tie even with one hand and can be untied when under load.  So why is it called a bowline?

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

what's love got to do with itWe are very excited this week to have a guest article on the blog.  Sue Williams is a woman sailor and author and has written her memoirs, Ready to Come About, about a North Atlantic circumnavigation on a 37′ yacht with her husband David.  Here she describes the events that led up to the trip and some of the mishaps they had along the way.

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jeddah light

Unusual Lighthouses Around the World

jeddah light

The most popular board on the Lovesail Pinterest account is the one entitled Lighthouses Around the World.  When I created it I had no idea just how many lighthouse there were in the world (18,600) and how beautiful and unusual some of these could be.  So here is a collection of just a few of these wonderful lighthouses.

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the history of tea

The History of Tea

On National Tea Day a bit about the History of Tea

the history of tea

Today (21st April) is National Tea Day in the UK (and also the Queen’s birthday, not a coincidence I feel).  I thought the history of tea would make a good read given that no good boat galley would be without a good supply of tea.  It’s a fascinating story with tales of drug dealing and industrial espionage…

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