|From Ocean Navigator #132 |
Capt. Philip Van Horn Weems was an innovator of air and sea navigation.
“We thought it was a great way to honor him and celebrate the last 75 years,” said Cathie Trogdon, Weems & Plath’s director of marketing.
Adventure in Navigation, cosponsored by BoatU.S., is an online test that will run for 75 days, beginning Sept. 16. The contest will feature multiple-choice navigation questions, including celestial and piloting problems, queries about famous explorers (Weems was involved, one way or another, in numerous Arctic expeditions), and basic Weems & Plath history. Six questions will be posted each Tuesday, and will remain posted on the site for the duration of the contest. Armchair navigators and bluewater voyagers alike are invited to participate. See www.weems-plath.com (which includes a fascinating description of Capt. Weems’ innovations that will likely be a trove of info for contest participants) or www.boatus.com for details.
Participants need to complete all questions and submit answers electronically by the end of November. The highest score will win a cruise aboard a Star Clipper ship; six runners-up will receive a Weems & Plath bell clock.