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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2014, 05:20:34 pm »
And what do you do if the person you are wanting to visit isn't home, you want to leave them a note, and you don't know their email address?  Pen and paper stuck in the door frame might maybe work. 8)

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2014, 06:12:33 pm »
I think that Hanibal94 is talking about calligraphy vs. ordinary handwriting rather than pen and paper vs. computer.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2014, 06:28:34 pm »
Randi is correct.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2014, 08:23:06 pm »
To me, calligraphy is an art form. Nobody needs art, but it sure makes the world a more interesting place. :)

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2014, 10:29:46 pm »
Art is never obsolete - that's like saying oil painting can be totally replaced by photography, which is also a valuable art form.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2014, 03:33:51 am »
Speaking of art - here is a lovely narrative painting from 1883 of the last day of the USS Jeannette. Vallejo Gallery has been kind enough to give us permission to use this image, and thanks to Hampton Sides for providing the digital file.


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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2014, 03:38:40 am »
I like it.  :)

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2014, 05:02:09 am »
Speaking of art - here is a lovely narrative painting from 1883 of the last day of the USS Jeannette. Vallejo Gallery has been kind enough to give us permission to use this image, and thanks to Hampton Sides for providing the digital file.
Wow.  That makes some of the passages in the logs even more frightening.  These guys were truly at the mercy of nature - in a very real and direct sense.
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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2014, 08:00:03 am »
A very atmospheric picture. Great colours.
Thanks Kevin!

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #25 on: November 19, 2014, 01:02:56 pm »
Very beautiful. But having read those last pages of De Long's personal journal, too poignant for me.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2014, 03:53:15 pm »
Thanks Kevin, that was very good timing. I'm reading Hampton Sides' book (In the Kingdom of Ice) and have just reached the part when the Jeannette sinks.  :'(

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2014, 04:21:36 pm »
Oh Jil - very interested to see what you make of this book. Got involved with Clewi's staggering work on this vessel, it was monumental, and the other ships involved in the story. Apparently the guy that wrote the book was less than enamoured by the log book contents....well I suppose they are a bit technical rather than good story fodder.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2014, 06:02:05 pm »
I have enjoyed the book - it made my mom cry  :P

I got to hear Hampton Sides speak about the book, and he did read the logs, however, I got the impression that he used the personal journals, especially DeLong's for the book.  Also the letters between DeLong and his wife.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2014, 09:16:20 pm »
Thanks for that Kathy - very interesting too. I don't think their is a box of tissues big enough for me to face it so it's nice to hear about it..especially as you heard Hampton Sides speak about it.