National Geographic : 1957 Nov
© National Geographic Society + Shark Watch Guards a Mid-sea Bather + Foremast hands, meeting in their mess room, formed the "50-50 Club" when a British newspaper gave us only half a chance of crossing the Atlantic. May flower's tiller, moving above their heads, creaked con stantly. To keep out following seas, we sewed the canvas coat across the tiller's opening in the stern. Dr. John Stevens, in white cap, was ship's surgeon. Alan Villiers Calm Glues Us to Our Own Reflection + Weary of the sails' slatting, we brailed up the mizzen and hauled the mainsail up in its gear. I went out in a small boat with my camera. From across the water I heard the sounds of a ship on a windless ocean creaking of spars, slap of cordage, and thump of the rudder in the heaving Sargasso Sea. Photographer Villiers was happy; shipmaster Villiers was vexed.