National Geographic : 1951 Mar
© National Geographic Society 366 Kodachromes by Irving Johnson A Southwester Aims a Knockout Punch; Yankee Tests Her Stamina Off Cape of Good Hope The brigantine, a former German pilot boat well acquainted with North Sea gales, easily rode out the worst storm of the Johnsons' four world voyages. A howling wind of almost hurricane velocity cut the ship to two sails. Its pull on the main staysail's solid-steel traveler bent that two-inch rod six inches out of true. Once a sea leaped the rail and set unlashed lumber to swimming. Then, as the ship dipped into a trough, a mountain of water seemed to rise above the yards. Heaving bunks ejected sleepers, but no one got seasick. Three meals were served daily on the main cabin's balancing table. The two companionways were never closed.