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Marvin Creamer will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of his unmatched triumph of sailing around the world using no navigational instruments. (The Globestar Voyage)

Rowan University will be hosting "A Voyage with Marvin Creamer" with a VIP reception available to meet and interact with the still active sailor.
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Location: The River Winds Restaurant, West Deptford, NJ.

This is an open event and I encourage anyone interested in attending to inquire with me for more details.

All proceeds of the event go to a scholorship fund in Marvin's name.The recipient of the annual award will not only demonstrate good grades, as in most scholarships, but will also share the character and attitude of Dr. Creamer: intellectual curiosity and spirit of adventure. The award will go to a single graduating senior within the department who best personifies these ideals.

Thank you for your interest.
 

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Unmatched? Pretty sure it used to happen all the time when sailing ships were the pinnacle of technology.
 
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I think I know about these voyages precise because they WERE recorded.

How about unmatched in modern times?


Also, I am now realizing I sound like an *******. Try and read my posts with eye towards sarcasm and not smarmyness. My bad, dude. Welcome to Sailnet.
 

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I dunno, I cruised Lake Ontario's south shore once! :laugher


Seriously though, circumnavigating sans instruments is pretty impressive! What an amazing experience that must have been! I bet he has a lot of valuable information to share with folks.
 

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not even a timepiece? Wow. Did he use popsicle sticks to make a crude sextant and latitude-sail?

I'm impressed. did he have electricity? radio? those aren't instruments.
 

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not even a timepiece? Wow. Did he use popsicle sticks to make a crude sextant and latitude-sail?

I'm impressed. did he have electricity? radio? those aren't instruments.
He did have a radio and a gas stove. He kept an hour glass on the boat so there would be no arguement over things like night watch. He did not have a sextant, compass, watch etc.

SurabyaKid on EricsonYachts forum has said "In an age where our Navy Midshipman are no longer taught celestial navigation and 14 year olds with all the latest technologies known to man vie for the title of youngest to circumnavigate, I found the whole story very refreshing. "
 

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Pretty stupidly dangerous and irresponsible nowadays.

But movies like Jackass shows people can do moronic things and thing they are good.
I completely disagree.
 

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Josiah Slocum did this with just a Sextant and an alarm clock for a Chronometer. Plus he was the first recorded single hander to sail around the world.

And the polynisians(SP?) Did this all the time and hit the tiny islands that they were sailing for. The Vikings had a Sun Stone and a lodestone. One was for noon sight and the other acted like a compass.
 

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Marvin Creamer a Geography professor at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) did a number of proof of concept crossing of the Atlantic without navigation instruments or charts. The intent was to show that it was possible for early explorers to cross oceans only with knowledge of their environment.

His later circumnavigation, with crew and port stops but with an hour glass as his only navigation instrument was a further demonstration of his hypothesis.

Maybe others have also completed such a journey in the distant past, which was part of what he was demonstrating as a possibility, but I don't think this has been achieved by any other sailor in the recent past.
 

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I guess that's great, but I'm not quite sure what the point is. Would we celebrate someone who went to the dentist to extract a tooth with nothing more than a rock and a bit of sinew hammer? There is no doubt that it is possible to accomplish tasks in the old ways, working without the modern devices that make our efforts quicker, easier, and safer. There is also no doubt that doing so involves certain risks, as danger is increased.

There must be some way to draw a line between the efforts of bravery and perseverance versus the efforts of recklessness and stupidity. I'm just not sure how to decide which side of the fence any particular endeavor is on.

GJ
 

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People will do anything for notoriety. This would seem to be his major accomplishment. Now we need someone to do it blindfolded.
 

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I can hardly believe that anyone with an IQ over 30 wouldn't agree that this was quite a feat of seamanship .
 

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I can hardly believe that anyone with an IQ over 30 wouldn't agree that this was quite a feat of seamanship .
I have been lurking for a few days on this thread. I would like to see it get better? I understand it was quite a feat of seamanship ! I did check that he had back up instuments and other reduncey. I have respect for the other sailer posting that has done a cercumnavigation. He also took a huge risk in todays world and did well. His risk is far beyond what I am willing at this time. Why even leave dry land if you do not have to ? Why fly a plane or ride in one ? Drive a car ? leave the house? If you have to explain they will not understand ! Kind regards, Lou
 

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If its such a non accomplishment to sail, with practically no instrumentation, completely around the planet, then how come we spend thousands on electronic gizmos to tell us exactly where we are at any given moment?

Sure this was unnecessary given today's technology, but it shows a level of proficiency in celestial navigation not often found in today's world. Plus I bet it was a pretty satisfying accomplishment to learn to navigate accurately sans instruments. I think it would be interesting to here the story behind it.
 
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My $.02 on this....
This guy is a frican ROCKSTAR!!!!

I am not a fan of academics because many that I have met are not nearly as intelligent as that piece of paper tells them they are. There is a difference between education and intellect. This professor most definitely put his money where his mouth is!!

Again...just my $.02 so no offense meant to any academics out there, the intelligent ones will see my point.:laugher
 
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