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To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé
Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...More »
By: Sallie Bingham
Sailing out of Newport on the first morning of our trip, the ship began to roll. The motion reminded me of cantering on horseback or riding the earlier rapid on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon; physical instability has its curious rewards. Through the lounge window, the horizon rose and fell; on the steepest downward dip, there was no horizon, only a blink of the blue sea. On the most extreme upward roll, only the sky was, briefly, available. This was not due to stormy weather but the effect of long regular swells on the hull of the ship.Read More »
By Sallie Bingham
She won’t sail, she can’t sail, this great queenly 120 feet long, three-masted white ship; her sails are furled, covered with their canvas slings and tied down tight, and the hydraulics that would grind them aloft are silent. One of these tall aluminum masts broke in a 15-knot wind some weeks ago with a terrible crack, a sundering, and a crash. Now the coastguard has ordered that the sails cannot be raised until all the masts are stripped of their paint and minutely inspected for more cracks.Read More »