National Geographic : 1958 Dec
Mah Jong Churns the Blue Aegean Chinese characters on the Hong Kong-built yacht spell its name. In the Aegean nothing seemed more appropriate, for, as in the game, smooth sail ing in these waters de pends largely on chance. The sea's changing moods were known to Aeschylus: "The multi tudinous laughter of the sea" he contrasted to "the puffing blast, the beat of boiling billows, the whirling gulf. ... " Like the poet, Mah Jong's crew found that no one could predict the mood of the sea god, Poseidon. With sails trimmed flat, Mah Jong shoulders aside the sea off Mikonos (pages 776, 777, and 780). KODACHROMES © NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY 747 Laundry flies from rigging as crew members relax. Thus they obey the poet Theognis's command: "Through the Isles ... thou shalt wander ... journeying for ever o'er the tireless, teeming wave." Ship's barber, Joan Freeman, trims the hair of Mike Merle-Smith. Her husband, Hovey Freeman, held out for the Greek barbers ashore.