VIDEO This is how Cape Horn was dubbed (as a family) in 1936!

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cape-hornIn 1936, Warwick M. Tompkins with wife and children decided to reach San Francisco from Boston via Cape Horn aboard the 85-foot wooden schooner Wander Bird. What remains of the enterprise is that splendid period documentary. The voyage, the preparation of the boat, but especially the passage of the most feared Cape by sailors: from minute 5:38, the sequence is chilling, also aided by the black and white. We start out in total calm, and within minutes the storm arrives.

THIS IS HOW CAPE HORN WAS DUBBED IN 1936

image_manager__kopfbild_image_elbe_topbildTHE MYTHICAL SCHOONER IS STILL IN BUSINESS
Now the boat is called “Elbe No. 5,” its original name: it was built in 1883 by shipwrights in Hamburg, and it was to the German port city that it returned. Purchased by the city’s Maritime Foundation in 2002, it has been restored and now you can book a trip aboard and sail as you did 130 years ago. At 37 meters long, the two-masted vessel has a sail area of 360 square meters and can accommodate up to 35 people (for information: http://www.stiftung-hamburg-maritim.de/schiffe/n5-elbe.html).

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