The mariners of the olden times

The mariners of the olden times
In my grade school days, we have learned the word circumnavigate which means to travel around the world using a ship. That word is connected to the travel of Ferdinand Magellan from Europe to Asia. And it took them months for that particular travel such that they ran out of supplies. Most notable was the story that Magellan’s crew were eating their leather shoes to escape hunger. And it’s a wonder to think how those big ships called galleons can travel without engines. How could those galleon move in the desired direction with just the use of the compass? It’s really amazing to know that mariners in the olden times were able to harness wind power. And now that we have modern ships with powerful engines and a complete navigational tools and equipment, how come we still have sea mishaps? Perhaps the ship captains and crew should learn a trick or 1 from the mariners of the olden times. And that is to depend on their human capabilities and not on the technology.


Now a days with modern engines for the ship to guide the way but still they came across with wrong direction sometimes due to technology malfunction error that's the weakness of technologies now a days. for the olden times they have a compass with people under the ship who is waiting for the command of the person who holds the compass maybe some old ship gone some errors two so for me those olden times a great experience with manual navigation not like today with modern staff to use for navigating the destination.
Posted by tophew on 09-25-2017
I do agree with you. It does not just apply to this. It applies to many things. There are few people who can do math without the use of a calculator or device. Technology has made it very easy in many things so when things do go wrong with the computers people don't know how to navigate things on their own. It amazes me how people traveled in the past. They had more knowledge of their surroundings and yes used their human capabilities to get where they were going.
Posted by Sue on 09-25-2017
Well from my experience whenever there are humans involved in the equation it's possible to have mishaps. In that sense, no matter how well developed the ship or the equipment is, humans can still make a mistake and have it all go wrong. Unfortunately, human nature is flawed and there is little we can do about it
Posted by Marvadaum on 09-25-2017
Great observation! And it's completely true. There are far too many ship and boat related accidents lately and it is due to relying on the technology a bit too much at times. People just don't know the old tricks anymore and some even refuse to learn them. I always felt that learning from the previous, older generation is crucial but today's society seems to be lacking it. I have always had respect for the Mariners because this isn't an easy job.
Posted by Mehano on 09-25-2017
Well there had to be a genuine need for the use of advanced technology for the process to have brought us into the new age of technology. Necessity is the mother of inventions they say and as a result of such necessity we have evolved. Even though those mariners did a good job back then, I'm quite sure that if they had the stuff that is available today back then they would have praised and marveled the use thereof. Fact is once it is man made it will be prone to some flaws here and there. But time marches on and advancements will persist irrespective of the time or era.
Posted by Joteque on 09-25-2017
It must have been amazing and terryfying to travel in those days. It was one of the things that always amazes and impresses me. It is just one of the things that I am looking for. I think that there are so many ways to travel by ship when you have advanced navigation, but the voyages of yester year and olden days are really impressive because they were sailing off into the unknown.
Posted by kgord on 09-25-2017
I agree with everything you wrote here. Nowadays we have so much technology that people rely on it so much that they're not prepared when something bad happens. Old mariners had something bad happen regularly since traveling in those days was really dangerous and you never knew what you could find. So yes, they could learn a thing or two from them.
Posted by Tania997 on 09-25-2017
It is wise to rely on both human intelligence and experience and also technology since it was invented for the purpose of assisting with ship navigation. However, we must also realize that neither our intelligence, experience or technology can withstand the powerful force of the wind and the ocean. I'm sure the designers of the Titanic never predicted the ship would hit an iceberg. I don't know why. They knew the route the ship would be taking. Didn't they know there were icebergs in the water? Didn't they warn the ship captain to steer clear? Did they think if they hit an iceberg directly that the ship was strong enough to break it apart and then they would just plow through? (O.o)
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 09-25-2017
Shipwrecks also used to happen in the olden times but nobody wrote about great shipwrecks, instead they focused on voyages. We have modern equipment and technology, yet we have mishaps in the sea, perhaps that is because of human error or mechanical failure. We don't have the sea in the country, and traveling in a ship is my ultimate dream.
Posted by vinaya on 09-25-2017
I wasn't born in the olden times but I believe that with technology and some movies we have relived the lives of these olden Mariners and what they offered to sea life. Personally, I'm a fan of the sea, if I would have the opportunity to board a voyage that would embark on travelling around the world, I would jump at such opening with both hands and feet.

The mariners of the olden times are well vast in sea affairs with just their sight scope and a compass,with these two things, they can up and travel through the sea to any part of the world that they desire.

If you ever watched the movie called " Pirates of the Caribbean". This particular movie totally explained the life of the mariners of the olden times and what they are capable of. I really enjoyed watching them and what they offered in sailing and wild waters.
Posted by Heatman on 09-25-2017
That was great thinking and i agree with you. There are so many ships that sink in the middle of rhe sea and some of them did not rescue. They should learn some tip from those old folks. They walys use technology but when something happens they cant do anything. Thats a horrible thing to think.
Posted by jayken on 09-26-2017
I think days when there was less of the ship travel were even worst. I think many cultures suffered during those ages. I guess with time and the tech improvement. I guess we get to see the changes in the society. And if you think how the people used to work harder in the ship. You have to understand that old times were lot different than the current. And things were not that easy as well.
Posted by overcast on 09-26-2017
Well, things changed and transportation evolved during the years. Now we can travel much easier and reach destination much faster. I don't regret this happened because now things are easier for us, traveling conditions are better, less time and we are more safety, I am not saying there is no danger but is not as it was in the past!
Posted by wallet on 09-26-2017
It's funny--people can't even drive across a city these days without using their GPS technology, but these guys would get on ships and just sail into unpredictable and uncharted waters with such bravery and wild abandon. It is astonishing. I wonder if I could be so brave. If you ever got stuck in the doldrums, for instance, and no winds were coming to your aid for weeks, you and the whole crew could just starve to death right there if enough provisions were not on the ship. Things like this, to me, are nightmarish, not to mention storms, pirates, natives who want to slice your throat to defend their lands, etc. I am not sure I could be as brave as these men!
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-26-2017
Exactly what I was discussing with a friend of my the other day, with the recent happening in the sea realm and accidents of unforeseen circumstances. I would say that the modern sailors should track back a bit and learn from the great and ancient sailors. And as you can see the US Navy is tracking back to the use of compass and pencil for navigation which is a good development, which will help avert the accident caused by wrong navigation and error due to wrong position by sailors who place the ship on auto pilot.
Posted by Authord on 09-29-2017
I think most times mishap is not about the vehicle or technology but the people involved. Some people after drinking goes to drive.some didn't check the components of the rider to know if it sound or not before zooming off and all that. So talking about all the shipwreck in this time.i think it boils them to carelessness of sailors. They're more about other things than sailing the ships to safety like the mariners of old.
Posted by lovely on 09-29-2017
The mariners of the olden times were very strong and hardly do they have ship accident as we usually withness with modern ship of today, so i think the sailors and captains of todays ship really have to learn a lot from the sailors and captains of old ship of the past like Ferdinand Magellan.
Posted by babyright on 10-14-2017
I think Magellan's voyage is not a big deal because our seas have been travelled thousands of years before Magellan and Columbus. Before them Vikings and Norsemen travelled the seas and remember the Greeks who fought in the Trojan War, they have long mastered ship building. One funny thing in Magellan's Chronicles is that they run out of food so they boiled their leather boots to eat, cmon your in a big boat with lots of smaller landing boats on it, and noone knows how to fish? That's a bit stupid don't you think.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 05-01-2018
The mariners of ages gone by are some of the bravest people to have ever lived; at least in my eyes, that is. To sail uncharted waters (quite literally) and brave immense waves and storms in wooden ships seriously took some guts. I personally wouldn’t want to even get on a modern day ship after seeing some of the videos on the internet, and I couldn’t imagine doing it on ships that were still in their primitive form.
Posted by Denis_P on 07-26-2018
I had taken a small boat in one of our vacation trips. About 2 kilometers from shore, the steering mechanism of the boat was broken and we couldn’t move properly because the boat has no direction. It’s good that a cellphone was working and we were rescued within the hour. For the ancient mariners, there is no gadget and no mechanism except the compass and the stars. Their boats have no electricity and I wonder how they store their food for the very long voyage.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-14-2018
I agree with you. I think all of us should actually learn some skills or traditional methods to do certain things, instead of rely on the technology too much. Though technology does help us to make things easier and more convenient, I think we still have our human capabilities and it's good to pass down to our younger generations as well. I actually didn't learn to do much handwork on my own, but I would like to teach my kids to do more handwork. Using hands to do things is really great, and it's not only boost our confidence, but also keep us healthier.
Posted by kaka135 on 12-16-2018