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The Inside Scoop on Coconuts

photo courtesy Rajaram R

photo courtesy Rajaram R

In the chapter of our book entitled “Tongan Delights”, Hollywood actor Hal Holbrook acquires a fresh green coconut for his love, the actress Dixie Carter, to drink. Some people who have only seen hairy brown coconuts in their grocery story or at the market have asked us about the difference between the two coconuts. Here’s the scoop. Continue reading

What is a Yankee Tar?

crew of Yankee Tar in Tonga (left to right Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, and Bob Rossiter)
crew of Yankee Tar in Tonga (left to right Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, and Bob Rossiter)

Several people have asked about the origin of the name of the yacht, Yankee Tar, that Bob sailed aboard with Hollywood actors Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter across the Pacific to New Zealand. So here’s the story!

Back in the 1600s British sailors were known by the slang term “tars”, and later “Jack tars.” There are a number of theories about the origin of this term, most involving the use of tar aboard a sailing ship. This material was used to waterproof hemp rope rigging, hats, clothing, and the joints between the planks of the wooden deck. Continue reading