National Geographic : 1961 Aug
Life Aboard Tectona: a Rhythm of Work Set by Wind and Wave Ghosting on a glassy sea off St. Anthony Head light (left), Tectona sails as free as a spirit, a small world unto herself. In the life of the ship, each man and boy knows his duty, and out of order comes a sense of mas tery over a shared destiny. Each day the decks are scrubbed, lines coiled, fit tings checked, bunks made, and gear restowed. As watch follows watch, stars glide across the heavens, the sun describes its arc, fog rolls in and lifts, and sails match the mood of wind. ROBERTB. GOODMAN(ABOVE AND BELOW) © N.G.S. All hands keep busy on a tautly run ship. Edwin Grosvenor scampers up the ratlines (opposite page), while Captain Villiers eves his progress. On another oc casion the youngster learns the art of tying knots at a mastside class conducted by bos'n Ike Marsh. Other members of the crew, John Plewes and Henry Horn blower III, develop muscles furling sail. Sextant in hand, Tom Blackwell takes an al titude reading on a light house to determine his posi tion offshore. S Taking lobsters from the pot, Mr. Marsh anticipates work-sharpened appetites. At the dinner table, Captain Blackwell (left), the author, and Melville Grosvenor (right) spin sailing yarns for the younger crew members.