Press On Regardless
February 13, 2010 7:35 AM Subscribe
posted by Cobalt (51 comments total)
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The huge tanker smashed into the Princess Taiping
at 20 knots, violently heaving the vessel out of the water, cleaving it in two. It did not stop to aid the 12 crew members it had thrown overboard and scattered across the night.
Most of the crew, injured and in shock, clung to the partially submerged stern, praying for rescue.
Masao Kinjo, a Japanese sailboat racer, found himself alone, far from his shipmates. The resolute mariner rigged the broken foremast on the front half of the ship and set sail for home
After 14,000 nautical miles, the 53-foot wooden replica
of a Ming Dynasty warship, hand-built of cedar, without nuts or bolts, was within sight of its destination. It was about to prove that it was possible to sail a 17th century Chinese Junk across the Pacific, explore the West Coast of America and sail back to China. The crash
was a bitter disappointment
In a show of resolution that would make Masao Kinjo proud, a second identical replica is being built