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Freak of Navigation


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’s Deputy Director is a Winner


Emily Falke

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.”

Read the whole article here.

Kardboard Kayak Races


Our Kardboard Kayak Race is where teams participate in a battle of wits, design, and courage! Teams of up to 4 will receive 2 sheets of cardboard, 1 roll of tape, a marker, a utility knife, a yardstick, and one hour to construct a functioning kayak. Then they will be ready to race other teams in their heat, finding out whose design can hold up to the pressure of paddling out to a buoy and back. The Kardboard Kayak Races are divided into separate heats, with prizes awarded to participants in the Family Fun heat (geared toward family groups with younger kayak paddlers) and the Paddling Pros heat (geared toward adult and/or “skilled” competitors). Speed and construction design will be the true test!

Where: On West Beach near Sea Landing (where Condor Express docks)
What: Kardboard Kayak Race Team Challenge ― Build it & Race it
When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Registration, 12:00pm • Building and Racing, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Cost: $30 (SBMM members), $40 (non-members)
To Register: Go to or call (805) 456-8747
(Number of teams is limited, so to guarantee entry, please register early)

As part of Semana Nautica, SBMM hosts the annual Kardboard Kayak Races.

Sponsored by Condor Express
Supported by Sambo’s Restaurant
Additional Support by SB County Parent Click, SB Family Life, Channel Islands Outfitters, SB Sailing Center and Sushi Go Go

SBMM welcomes new board member

35°FMISM 2008

Born in London, England Leslie Leaney is the Executive Director of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. In 1992 he co-founded the Historical Diving Society of America and is the Publisher and Executive Editor of The Journal of Diving History, a Santa Barbara based quarterly journal that mails to over 30 countries. Leaney has worked as an historical consultant for National Geographic, the BBC, the US Navy, the History Channel and others, and his research as been translated and published internationally. He is the recipient of numerous diving industry awards and is a Founding Trustee of Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.