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Theatre at the Whaley House presents

'Round Cape Horn Must Go!

Robert Lloyd Webb, seafaring maritime historian


For one show only, internationally recognized maritime historian, lecturer and photographer Robert Lloyd Webb will speak on the history and lore of the infamous southern tip of South America and its adjacent seas. With narrative, poetry, song and images, he will provide a glimpse of the old "Cape Horn Highway," once the best sea route for sailing vessels passing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and back again, and southern South America as it is today.

His program includes historic images, as well as his own photographs made during two passages to the Horn as a Smithsonian Institution lecturer aboard cruise ships. He documents "Cape Stiff" itself, and the bones of 19th-century sailing ships that lie yet on the shores of South America and the Falkland Islands. Other points of interest include the end-of-the-world town of Ushuaia, Argentina; Torres del Paine National Park; and the penguin colony on Cape Otway, Chile. He travels to the region of the Osorno volcano on Chile's west coast before finishing the voyage at Valparaiso, once the most anticipated stop in the itinerary of any outward-bound "Cape Horner."

Webb calls upon the writings of the British poet-laureate John Masefield, American artist Rockwell Kent, shantyman-historian Stan Hugill, Captain Jim "Shotgun" Murphy of the sailing ship Shenandoah, and many other "shellbacks" of yore to describe the seas that sometimes defeated mariners making a passage from one ocean to the other. His program will also include a sampling of traditional maritime work songs (shanties) and anthems that were popular among merchant seafarers along the Cape Horn Road at the end of the 1800's.

This exciting adventure takes place on Friday, April 25th at 7:00pm in the Theatre at the Whaley House, 2482 San Diego Avenue in Old Town. Tickets are $10 for SOHO members and $12 for non-members; attendance is limited to 40 guests so buy your tickets early. For more information or reservations call the SOHO Events Line (619) 297-7511.

2003 - Volume 34, Issue 2

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