National Geographic : 1954 Dec
759 + Dr. Grosvenor Takes Whitebird's Tiller on the Blustery, Mile-wide Nile A charter member of the Cruising Club of America, Dr. Grosvenor had never before tried sailing a felucca. Taking over the helm and mainsheet in midstream, he found the boat easy to handle. Winter's winds at Wadi Halfa often churn the Nile. © Kodachromes by Gilbert Grosvenor and (above) Elsie May Bell Grosvenor 4' Skipper Climbs Out on a "Hiking Board" to Balance the Heeling Felucca During strong gusts the passengers climbed to the high side of the boat while the skipper hiked out. The same board doubled as a gangplank (opposite). Desti nation was the ancient west-bank town of Behen on the Nile's Second Cataract.