Mariners and charts
"So what remains? The oceans that lies dark
Around, blessed islands. Come, embark".
Horace, Epode 16.41-2
"Explorers were the engineers of history's infrastructure, the builders of causeways of culture, forgers of links, spinners of webs".
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto in Pathfinders. A global History of Exploration.
Surviving fragment of the first world map of Ottoman Admiral Piri Reis (1513)
At the helm
"My body sways, drunk with the shock of a discovery, and the yacht heels with my body, and it is the sea under the hull that reels with the heeling of my yacht - the discovery that my life is now in my own hands, that there is no necessity to argue, to explain, to teach, to plead, to fight – nothing but to see and think and act.....".
Paraphrasing Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged) because she tells it better. Lire sur Rand en français www.unmondelibre.org/node/304?q=node/554