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Around the Horn

December 20, 2009

I recently had the pleasure of watching Around Cape Horn, the 1929 film that’s comprised of footage from Irving Johnson’s time aboard the Peking, and four masted, steel hulled cargo ship.  In 1980, some fifty years after originally shooting this footage, Mr. Johnson was invited to provide commentary for his film, which at this point had been used the world over for nautical training and informational purposes.  Straight out of the gate Mr. Johnson offers his play-by-play of the actions aboard the ship, which get especially interesting during storms that would make most grown men wet their pants.

The ship within the film, the Peking, is a four masted, steel hulled, wind powered cargo ship that was used to haul nitrate and wheat.  She was powered by 100% wind and elbow grease, and completely self-sufficient once out to sea.  She can now be visited at the South Street Seaport in NYC, where she was retired to the seaport’s museum in 1975.

If you can get your hands on a copy of Around the Horn, do it, you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Benjamin Boerum permalink
    December 21, 2009 20:07

    “Around Cape Horn” played for years at the SSSM. I watched it there countless times with tear-filled eyes. Captain Irving Johnson’s narration overflows with such honesty, passion, and enthusiasm. RARE.
    Glad that I could share it with you.

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