Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Sailor's Life for Me - This Weekend!

Join me this weekend, along with dozens of other interpreters, to explore maritime history. The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware is hosting a unique event in which costumed volunteer demonstrate centuries of oceanic culture: A Sailor's Life for Me.

Volunteers will be on hand in the dress of sailors and marines throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Whether it was the British Royal Navy in the Sudan, US Marines fighting Japan in the Pacific, or Napoleonic era tallship sailors, you'll find something to interest you.

I will turn out with a friend or two to demonstrate the history of latitudinal navigation through the invention of the sextant, and the practice of dead reckoning. Stop on by and say hello!


  1. Who made the quadrant and sextant pictured on the table?

    1. The backstaff (Davis Quadrant) was made by Seneca Creek Joinery:

      The octant was created by Nathanael Logsdon. I don't know that he'll be making any more, as this was his personal octant that I later acquired from him. Nonetheless, you can find more of his goods at Taylor Rose Historical Outfitters:

      If you're interested in historical navigation, definitely join the Facebook group 'Navigation in the Age of Sail.' Lots of enthusiasts and makers of historical navigation instruments:

  2. Thank you sir! I will definitely check out that navigation group. I am always looking to learn more period maritime skills.

  3. How can I post a picture of a revolutionary to 1812 leather tar hat in extremely good condition on here ?? I have seen one more just like it sell for $1100 on ebay but had a large crack though the brim all the way to top .very nice example of a naval tar hat .the leather was boiled and pressed on a mold and tarred .I was told that they were so rare you can only find in a couple museum s. Please if you can instruct me on posting it .I am getting old and not very good online,hell I can barely text.