National Geographic : 1970 Jul
the thousands of sailing vessels, from Ver razano's little caravel to 19th-century clipper ships, that have breasted its currents. It has been a sally port for American soldiers and sailors of a dozen conflicts, the sea highway for cargoes of infinite worth carried by innu merable freighters, tankers, and ocean liners. New Crew for the Hudson River We stopped overnight at the 79th Street marina in the heart of New York City to put White Mist's "Atlantic crew" ashore with their gear and let the "Hudson crew" come aboard. The yawl carries no paid hands, and since amateurs cannot leave homes and of fices for long periods, I must change crews frequently. There are so many sailors in my family and among my associates, however, that filling the complement is never a problem. Of the 25 who served aboard for last sum mer's voyage, only two besides the skipper made the entire two-month cruise. One was my 17-year-old son Edwin. I signed him on as chief photographer, for he had earned his spurs on our St. Pierre cruise in 1966 and at the coronation of the King of Tonga.* The other was Nat Kenney, a Geographic col league who has sailed with me in White Mist many times. Many of the crew, girls as well as boys, were still in school or college. It is a fine thing to ship young people on a cruise like ours. In the tight quarters aboard, the genera tion gap lessens-to everyone's benefit. For *See, in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: "White Mist Cruises to Wreck-haunted St. Pierre and Miquelon," September 1967, and "South Seas' Tonga Hails a King," March 1968, both by Melville Bell Grosvenor. Life along the way TRAVELERS seeking shades of the past along banks of the Hudson and Richelieu Rivers quickly find themselves distracted by the vivid scenes of today. White Mist's crew encountered fleeting friendships at every pause on the voyage. Orbiting youngsters (left) swing until momentum carries them high above the Hudson, then try to knock each other off-a game punctuated by wild yelps of laughter and occasional thumps or splashes. Beauty and a smile win crew member Nikki Phil lips (center) salad greens for the galley from an ami able farmer near Coeymans, New York. Fast-pedaling youth (above) cycles along a canal towpath beside rapids of Quebec's Richelieu River, challenging White Mist to a race.