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Rowan Professor Sails Around the World Using Only the Stars : A Talk with Marv Creamer

Save the date: Thursday, September 20th 2012

This year marks the 30th anniversary of a particularly monumental feat. One that no other human before or since has accomplished. On December 21, 1982 Marv Creamer, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Geography department, set sail on the Globe Star from Cape May, New Jersey on an unprecedented journey to sail around the world with no navigational aids, not even a clock.

After 510 days of raging seas and unrelenting obstacles, Creamer returned to the safe harbors of New Jersey. So, why did he do it? How did he manage to pull it off? What happened along the way? This is his story. And he is an AMAZING storyteller.

Please join us in welcoming Marv Creamer back to Rowan University and celebrating his tremendous feat.

Marv will be speaking on Thursday, September 20th at 4:45 in Rowan Hall Auditorium. The talk will also be part of the Rowan Seminar Passport Program series.

“What we demonstrated,” he concludes, “is that information taken from the sea and sky can be used for fairly safe navigation. How far pre-Columbians sailed on the world’s oceans we do not know; however, it is my hope that the GLOBE STAR voyage will provide researchers with a basis for assuming that long-distance navigation without instruments is not only possible, but could have been done with a fair degree of confidence and accuracy.” -Marv Creamer