The last voyage of the City of Adelaide

The age of sail has inspired a canon of literature which is far more than just an adjunct of historical fiction. At the heart of this are the ships themselves with their clouds of canvas, evoking romance and hardship in roughly equal measure. Few vessels can be as romantic as the clipper ships of the…

A genuine ‘sea serpent’

Three days ago, in California, a sea-serpent was found. (Catalina Island Marine Institute) The 18ft creature found dead near the Catalina coast is an example of that which most closely resembles the traditional sea serpent of myth and literature – the Oarfish. Their size, serpent-like form and bizarre facial features, not to mention the fact…