National Geographic : 1955 Jul
dress alike, or at least so much so that they are indistinguishable to strangers (page 78). It was extraordinary how quickly time flew at these wayside stops, and the five days at Amsterdam passed in a flash. And then off again, through the North Sea Canal where the school children cheered the American ship, and out into the North Sea itself. There was a week at sea be tween Amsterdam and Copenhagen, the next port, and the Eagle made good use of it. The Eagle has no below-decks classrooms, and the curriculum on these European cruises is strictly practical. The lads have time enough in the class rooms when they are at the Acad emy. In the Eagle they learned by doing, first, and then by supervis ing the doing. It blew and rained a bit in the North Sea, of course. It always does. The big bark beat this way, then that, taking good care never to become embayed near the mine fields off the Dutch and Danish coasts. Once we sighted the coast of Norway, with a host of little fishing craft and tiny coasters. At midday quarters, man over board and all those drills were exercised, no matter what the weather or where the ship might be. Every weekday at sea these drills went on until all hands be came near perfect, but there was always more to learn. If time flew past in port, it also went quickly at sea. Soon we were approaching the waters between Denmark and Sweden. There are still war mines there, and ships must keep rigidly to swept chan nels and take no chances. Reluc tantly therefore, the sails were se cured, and Elmer, the little-used diesel, put to work. 74 U. 'CoastGuard, Official Sail and Steam Nod in Passing off the Windy Coast of Europe Nearing land after her eastward passage, Eagle fell in with hurrying outward-bounders. Almost invariably, steamers ran close to view the lovely sailing ship and dip their colors in salute.