October 5, 1995 |
It was a mismatch that, any knowledgeable seafarer might conclude, could have sent the entire Ciszek family of Seattle, Wash., to their deaths in the dark in 40 feet of Delaware River water. Their sailing vessel, Unicorn of Saint Helier - at 115 feet about the size of Columbus's flagship Santa Maria - collided at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday with a 639- foot tanker ship three miles south of the nuclear power station in Salem County, N.J. The impact snapped off a 32-foot wooden bowsprit as if it were a matchstick.
October 19, 1989 |
They may have the same first word, but that's where the similarities end for this week's two big video releases. One is a taut thriller, the other a saggy mess. DEAD CALM (1989) (Warner) $89.95. 96 minutes. 1/2 Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane. The most ferocious deep-sea terrorfest since the original Jaws, about a wide-eyed psycho who scrambles aboard an Australian couple's sailing ship and proceeds to make their life a living hell. Chicago actor Zane offers an edgy, explosive performance as the unwelcome guest.
June 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia lawyer Francis Ballard, 88, a cofounder of the first hospice in Pennsylvania and the first in-home hospice nationwide, died of pulmonary fibrosis while in hospice care at Cathedral Village in Roxborough on Friday, June 20. Mr. Ballard, a Philadelphia native, was born to be an attorney. His grandfather cofounded a law practice that is now the national firm Ballard Spahr, and in 1949 Francis Ballard joined his father and an older brother there. He attended Chestnut Hill Academy, now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, before attending boarding school at St. George's School in Newport, R.I. He graduated from Yale University in 1946, and he earned his law degree two years later from the University of Pennsylvania.
July 24, 2010 |
Some of sailing's charm is its unpredictability. The wind dies, or blows too hard, or in the wrong direction. You surrender to nature and drop anchor, or tack, or change plans. But a five-year diversion has been just too long for devotees of Philadelphia's resident tall ship, Gazela. Hindered by a damaged rudder, the 175-foot square-rigger - built for high seas in 1883 - has confined its sailing adventures to the protected waters of the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay. On Sunday morning, however, the city's floating ambassador will hoist the sails on all three masts and, for the first time since 2005, leap into the waves of the blue Atlantic.
July 13, 1999 |
With overcast skies and mild temperatures, there was not much business for sailing instructor Bryan Tomiak yesterday. Tomiak works at Marsh Creek State Park near Downingtown.
August 9, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The other day, Fran and Mary Gramkowski of Haddonfield came all the way to the Jersey Shore to go sailing . . . on land. Why stop at Bader Field a couple of blocks from the ocean, right on the bay, to sail a little go-kart-like sailing contraption - called a "Blokart" around the runways of the old municipal airport? Fran, 70, a retired carpenter and schoolteacher, is president of the North American Blokart Sailing Association (with a Facebook page), which was able to get permission from the city to use Bader Field (at $300 a day)
December 17, 2011 |
Charles Augustus Ernst Jr., 98, a company executive and World War II Navy veteran, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne. Mr. Ernst grew up in Ridley Park and graduated from William Penn Charter School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1935 and then was an analyst at Eastman Dillon & Co. in New York City. In 1938, he married Jacqueline Walker, whom he had met at a dance. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the destroyer Bristol.
June 28, 2012 |
These days, Jonathan Wright is far removed from the coast of Australia, where he once spent hours, if not entire days, on the water as part of the most renowned American sailing team in history. Today, his work is no less time-consuming and arguably equally instrumental. The 66-year-old serves as the Vanderstar Chair at the United States Naval Academy, overseeing the quality and safety of all sailing vessels. Wright, who grew up in Chestnut Hill, supervises trips in which 80 midshipmen squeeze onto a 45-foot vessel, in part to complete the academy's requirement that all graduates know how to sail.
November 27, 1986 |
During almost three decades at sea, Anne Sirna and Antonia Ritchie have weathered storms, freeloading friends and husbands who turn into Captain Blighs the minute they board their own boats. In their years afloat, they've learned that life offshore consists of food, sleep, standing watch and trying not to go below to use the head. And they can recite by heart the first law of sailing: Never go anywhere on a boat until you have learned how to get yourself back to dry land. These and other humorous observations about life on the high seas can be found in Sirna and Ritchie's new book, ChapWoman's Guide to Shemanship and Pilot Handling.