Sailor’s Valentines were gifts brought home for loved ones after a sailor’s voyage at sea. These mementos were originally popular in the early 19th century, when many men were away whaling for long periods of time. The intricate designs are created using seashells glued into octagonal shadowboxes, often hinged to close for safe traveling. Designs included hearts, compass rose motifs and romantic phrases.
Stories said that sailors would collect shells from the beaches they went to on their travels and create these gifts for their wives or betrothed back home, proving that they were thinking of them always. We now know that all of the shells used in original sailors valentines are native to the Barbados, and that sailors purchased these souvenirs from Caribbean women as gifts.
Sailors valentines became a popular craft for New England ladies in the Victorian era, and again in the mid 20th century. Kits are now widely available in many craft stores and online, but the most romantic valentines come from shells collected personally. A detailed sailor’s valentine can use hundreds of shells, so if you’d like to make one for your special someone, it’s time to start collecting!
The History of Sailing, according to Goofy
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This week was the most competitive and exciting race yet! We had great winds, and all of our sailors stepped it up.
Captain Chris, along with crew Sean and Kat slid into fourth place aboard MokoJumbie.
Captain Ali coached the Montauk Chamber of Commerce team Pat, Debbie and Jeanie into a solid third place finish aboard Lajabless.
Captain Martin and Kathy finished a very close second aboard Papa Bois, requiring a tie breaker for the final decision.
Congratulations to Captain Dennis and Marco for taking this week’s top spot aboard Sukunya.
Come watch the races next Tuesday August 27th for this season’s final Regatta!