The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point presents three sessions of “Looking at Life at Sea in the Age of Sail,” with award-winning author Robert N. Macomber, who offers a light-hearted look at how language, music, and superstitions influenced life at sea and ashore.
The informal discussions will be humorous and poignant, as you gain a greater understanding of how those men and women survived their perilous existence upon the oceans of the world. The sessions are scheduled on Nov. 6, 7, and 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room in The Woodlands.
Thursday, Nov. 6: Sailor Talk. Do you speak sailor talk, even though you grew up in Kansas? Probably! Join our hilarious look at the language of the sea during the age of sail. You’ll be amazed at how many of us use it in conversations today, even far from salt water. You’ll learn about how sailors’ humor can be seen in their very descriptive language and how it was influenced by terrible living conditions and iron discipline.
Friday, Nov. 7: Music of the Sea. A wonderful discussion of the music of the sea—the songs sailors knew by heart. You’ll hear selections, learn what they were used for, who sang them (and who didn’t), and what they meant to the sailors who composed and sang them.