7 p.m. at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. Social time 6:30 p.m. Greg Gorga, director of Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, discusses “Tragedy at Honda,” the largest U.S. naval disaster in peacetime. Admission: $5 nonmembers, $4 seniors 62-plus, $2 children ages 6 to 17, and free for members and kids under 6. Phone: 805.984.6260. Web: cimmvc.org.
The state’s largest annual volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day is in its 32nd year! On the third Saturday of each September, tens of thousands of Californians gather along more than 2,000 miles of coastal and inland shoreline to clean and protect the environment – together. If you haven’t found your site yet please visit CoastalCleanupDay.Org.
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.