There is a lot to experience on this little island in the Caribbean shared between France and the Netherlands. Ten days wasn’t enough.
Known as “The Friendly Island”, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten was divided between France and the Netherlands in 1648 with the Treaty of Concordia. This arrangement provided for mutual protection from belligerent states. Remains of stone forts built to guard the harbors in the French north and Dutch south still remain, as does the history of pirates that threatened them. Continue reading →
The worst thing imaginable for any boater is to lose their vessel in a shipwreck. Unfortunately, it happens more often than you may think. Attila Nagy, image curator at Gizmodo.com, reports that “according to a United Nations report, there are more than 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor,” and illustrates that fact with some amazing photos. As blue-water sailors, we’ve seen quite a few shipwrecks firsthand.
There are a few different causes for a shipwreck. Historically, many ships have been lost in wars, but apart from those, the mishaps are usually either by misdeed or misadventure. From our perspective, sailor and blogger Kimball Corson is right when he says that “Seas rarely sink sailboats. Mistaken attempts at landfalls do.”Continue reading →