Luke Swetland (CEO of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History), Gwen Stouffer (ED of Lotusland), Stacey Byers, Pamme Mickelson, Steve Windhager (ED of Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens) and Mark Taylor
We thank Mark Sanchez for this beautiful shot.
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0ş 31′ N and LON 179ş 30′ W. The date was 30 December 1899.
“Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”. Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check and double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed.
The calm weather and clear night worked in his favour. At midnight the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!
The consequences of this bizarre position were many. The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere and the middle of summer. The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere and in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 30 December 1899. Forward it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different seasons and two different years, but in two different centuries – all at the same time!
SBMM Sentinel Ad Winner Hector Hernandez
SBMM Sentinel Ad Winner Lucas Doering
Several people dropped by SBMM to watch the Nautilus Live broadcast on Saturday
SBMM Sentinel Ad Winner Audrey Gayou
Our annual Kardboard Kayak Races are always fun for the builders, paddlers and spectators. Watch a video of this year’s event.
Dish: Grilled Umami Tri-Tip Tacos with Pickled Beets, Queso Fresco, and Cilantro Horseradish Crème; Black IPA–Braised Red Cabbage; Farro with Grilled Meyer Lemon Slices; and Shishito Peppers topped with Toasted Pepitas.
A curator and director of education at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Emily Falke has done well in our previous grilling and cocktail contests, but this is her first win. She went with a traditional Santa Barbara County cut, the tri-tip, but looked to the Pacific Rim for inspiration and marinated the meat for a couple of days in a salty-sweet “umami” sauce. But the key to her dish is everything else that goes on the taco: the house-pickled beets, the smooth yet slightly spicy horseradish-cilantro aioli, and the farro with grilled Meyer lemon. Chase it all down with a shishito pepper, and it’s a full plate indeed.
Judges Say: “An interesting play of Asian with grill flavors. Good fusion.”
The Daily Schedule now includes the new West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands. We are also selling the DVD in the Museum Store. Surf Saturday film schedule has stayed the same.