National Geographic : 1949 Jan
National Geographic Photographer B. Anthony Stewart German-built Yankee Acquires a New Dress in Brixham, Devon's Port of Adventure During the discovery age, Brixham sent many of its sons voyaging into the unknown. Its old shipyard, sprawling along the water front, has been in the same family 150 years. Venerable workmen, far from resenting Yankee's owner, welcomed his suggestions (page 1). Here he works on the starboard bow, assisted on the bowsprit by Gilbert Melville Grosvenor. way up the mast. They fished the jib topsail out of water racing by the starboard bow. In driving rain the skipper headed aloft with a coil of line and secured the wildly swinging wreckage. Lowering the ton of tangled gear took all morning (page 16). A new topmast was machine-tailored by Government workshops in the Canal Zone. Atlantic to Pacific in 105 Minutes While waiting for the repairs we hired a car and went touring. Using Panama's new con crete highway, we drove from sea to sea in an hour and three-quarters. How many days, we wondered, did it take the Conquistadors to cross the fever-bound Panamanian jungle with mule trains loaded with Inca treasures? Should anyone wish to work out the answer, the menacing jungle remains unchanged a few feet from the road. In Col6n we found four barkentines at anchor. "Could we sail enthusiasts go aboard for a visit?" we asked. A suspicion-laden silence was our answer. Hoisting sails and Russia's red flag, the barkentines grumpily transited the Canal and disappeared into the Pacific.