Model sailboat racers, their vessels rigged and ready, line up along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in this image from 1928. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected four years later in 1932, was an avid sailor and an enthusiastic modeler. As part of his New Deal legislation package to ease the woes of the Great Depression, the chief executive wanted to encourage the model sailboat hobby as a wholesome diversion for the nation’s youth, often left to their own devices as parents struggled to make ends meet.
A grim cartoon of the Titanic sinking, indeed — even for Puck, the irreverent, satirical American publication that was popular in the early 1900s. It took this kind of shocking image to help change the way people thought about safety at sea.
March 16, 1971, Key West: A proud father and two youngsters show off a marlin caught aboard the charter boat Cay Sal. Countless trophy pictures such as this have been taken over the years, emulating the kind of fishing made famous by Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s.
Revenue cutter and rescue vessel; explorer, humanitarian and war hero; floating museum and movie star — few vessels in the annals of maritime history can match the 70-year career of the steam barkentine Bear.
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