National Geographic : 1955 Jul
4' "Then Blow Ye Winds Westerly, Westerly Blow" With yards squared, Eagle scuds for Spain before a dead fair breeze. Minus the steadying influence of most of her staysails, she rolls a bit. The crew ran down the fore-and-afters because they were doing no work in the calm lee of the big square sails. Sea water, not dirt, tracks the main deck. @ National Geographic Society Kodachromes by Alan Villiers 66 + "The Sailor Lolls with His Mind at Ease": Flying Fish Weather No rattle of blocks or thun der of slatting canvas distracts the reading sailor. In windjam mer language, the steady wind has "put the sails to sleep," and on a day like this flying fish soar from warm seas. Cadets at right take practice sun sights. Two others make new ratlines, the "rungs" in a sailing ship's rigging "ladders." Anchor, chain, and forecastle bitts show anti-rust paint. "I'll Take Her 'Cross + Yon Rolling Waters": Eagle's Skipper As an Academy cadet, Capt. Carl G. Bowman first learned the square-rigger art in the for mer Coast Guard training bark entine Alexander Hamilton. He commanded Eagle for four years, an assignment that went with regular duty as head of the Academy's seamanship school. Here he looks back, like John Paul Jones in an old Navy fore castle song, at the ship's "white and silv'ry track" on the sea.