The first modern Greek “adventure hero” was a boy refugee

Adventure: Fact and Fiction. Dimitrios Vikelas's novel "Loukis Laras". As we all know, the history of the sea adventure novel starts with Homer's epic poem "Odyssey". Ever since the "master mariner" Odysseus took the long way round home from the Trojan War, sailors' yarns of mythical islands and dangerous creatures lurking in the deep have …

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The Return of the Sail Cargo Ship

While everyone is talking about electric cars these days, another transport revolution is happening quietly out of most people's sight: The return of emission-free shipping and seaborne fair trade. As we know by now, the environmental impact of shipping can be substantial. Global waterborne trade and tourism account for more than 2.2% of human-made emissions, …

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage!

Book Review. Matt James's Northwest Passage. Of all the tales of exploration, the story of the Northwest Passage has always fascinated me the most. And I am not alone. For centuries, the search for a sea route connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean via the waterways of the Canadian Arctic was the elusive goal …