Jack London and The Snark

Lord Somber brings this tale:

“Monstrous and inconceivable” was how Jack London described the conception and construction of his yacht “Snark,” the ship on which he planned to sail around the world. This podcast describes his thoughts on building it, his problems and obstacles, and the true spirit of discovery. We then close with some tweet readings from the G Manifesto.

* Published: 6/15/19 2:31:14 PM

* Show Notes:


* Episode feed: Quintus Curtius –


[I couldn’t run the download because of the file size.]

I found this too:


My notes

Part of the problem was in the building, as it says in the podcast and part of that was the planking and gluing which was used in those days – good for some years but wear and tear, if not attended to, produces so many leaks it becomes like a sieve.  Pretty boats, deck, but they do give way with time, especially with a keel pulling the boat down.

Thick ply, which is what I’m using, can also buckle if the ends are not treated immediately, i.e. epoxied but if they are, then the ply is fine – I have some here which was done five years ago and still stands up to strength tests.How a ply boat is after 20 years is a question I shan’t face.  As long as the joints were done right.

Wonder what JL and wife did for anti-fouling below the waterline.


I’m finding the Thursday quiz difficult to do – it seems more logical on Friday, gives me a better chance to gather.

I see the 18:00 slots as [not prescriptively, not hard and fast]:

Mon: Maths/science quiz
Tue: Classical or close
Wed: This post should have been Thu
Thu: This post should have been Wed
Fri: Other quiz
Sat: Music
Sun: Jazz or blues

4 comments for “Jack London and The Snark

  1. Mark Matis
    June 21, 2019 at 01:20

    Then there’s these guys:

    • June 21, 2019 at 04:00

      It appears to be solid and therefore very, very heavy. Why did he not build hollow? Will look at again but given the length of boat, just what sail area was he supporting? There are rules of thumb.

      Why did he not remove epoxy while still wet? Why did he touch it with his fingers? He seems to have, she definitely touched it. What ballast do they have against such a heavy mast?

      Hmmmmm. That’s why I ended up with three masts of 19’8”, each carrying 191 sq ft. Also solid but coming out at 5.5 inches thick.

  2. Doonhamer
    June 21, 2019 at 07:09

    It looks a bit of a handful for him and his wife to manage.
    “Spray” it ain’t.

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