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Old 28-12-2008, 23:18   #1
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As Close to Heaven as Sailors Will Ever Get

If you've ever read about the golden age of sail when mighty clipper ships plied the oceans and used your imagination to conjure a picture of what it must have been like, you will probably enjoy actually seeing it.

Capt. Irving Johnson narrates a film he made from truly remarkable footage he shot aboard the Peking, a 5000+ ton squarerigger as it sailed around Cape Horn through three storms with winds up to 100mph in 1929. It's available for free viewing on Google video at

Click on the title above the picture to go to Google if you prefer to watch a larger image.

The title of this thread is from a line in the film which refers to being atop the uppermost yard on the tallest mast. If you have the time (36:35), it's well worth watching.

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Old 29-12-2008, 02:19   #2
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I use to have this on VHS. Simply amazing!!!
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Old 29-12-2008, 05:54   #3
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Thanks for the wonderful insight...those cameras of old were a lot more robust than I thought....extra cool movie!!
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Old 29-12-2008, 06:09   #4
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wow! This brings Derek Lundy's Way of the Ship to life!
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Thank you for that Tao.
Wonderful amazing viewing.
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Super film..thanks Ta!
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I just tried both options - that is, watching the embedded video in my opening post, above, and clicking on the Around the Horn title above the picture, which will take you to Google video - and both are working properly.

It must be an issue with your computer or ISP.

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Wow!
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Awesome Video!!!! Thank you
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I have often wondered if I could have been capable of that work when I was young and strong. Certainly not now!

Thanks for the reminder....................I guess.
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This makes 65' up in a bosun's chair look trivial.
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Simply amazing- thanks for posting this.
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