R313 Winter 2020 Santa Maria and Mayflower: Sources, History, and Their Place in Maritime Development
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, Feb. 11–Feb. 18
Instructor: Peter Ansoff
The oceangoing square-rigged sailing ship was one of mankind's most important inventions. It made possible the exploration and colonization of new worlds, the development of worldwide commercial networks, and the projection of military power across the seas. This course will use the two most famous sailing ships in American history, the Santa Maria and the Mayflower, as examples of how such ships evolved. It will also summarize the historical sources (or lack thereof) that we have for these two vessels, and discuss some of the key details of their designs and operations with particular emphasis on their sails and rigging.
Peter Ansoff is an OLLI member. He has had a lifelong interest in sailing ships and has served as a volunteer crew member aboard a couple of them.