In the spring of 2014 adapted an aircraft Astrocompass, for use at sea. https://empiricusembarks.com/2014/06/22/if-it-cannot-be-bought-it-must-be-built/ I did this by gutting an old Wood Freeman Autopilot compass, which was gimbal mounted. Then replaced the magnetic compass works, with a standard astrocompass mount. Then Samantha and I packed the works up to the Arctic, where Empiricus lay waiting […]Read more "A Gimbaled Astrocompass Experiment"
“STORMR” Product review from a sailors perspective. By Capt. Jesse Osborn and the crew of SV Empiricus. 2012-2014 In 2012, I was preparing to sail the fabled Northwest Passage. Having the right foul weather gear was going to be important. As I discussed this with a friend, he told me about this new company called […]Read more "2 SEASONS IN THE ARCTIC WITH “STORMR” An equipment review, by the crew of Empiricus"
The following is the official list of Northwest Passage transits, by all vessels in recorded history. Empiricus is number 208! Ever! There is also some brief but interesting reading in the introduction. They have Empiricus listed as a “Ketch”, but thats an easy mistake to make. We have requested a correction to “Yawl”, but thats […]Read more "Northwest Passage 2014 the official complete list of passage makers."
To my sons. Isaac and Steven. Whom I miss very much. Boys. I know I am not a typical father. It has very much been my intention, not to be. I realized early on, that you would be shown two completely different styles of living. 2 households, 2 points of view and 2 reflections of […]Read more "To My Boys. Isaac and Steven"
During the 2013 voyage, Empiricus carried a heavier load than she ever has (so far as I know, that is.) Usually her weight in the slings sits at 35000 pounds. This year, when hauling out in Cambridge Bay, the crane recorded her at 38000 pounds. That’s minus a crew of five, all their personal gear […]Read more "A loaded boat, a leaky rudderpost and a weary bilge pump."
Another chapter unfolds in our exploration of the Arctic, as I resign my position in Prudhoe Bay Alaska. Samantha, Steven, the dog “Bruce” and myself will set up camp, smack dab in the middle of the Northwest Passage. The story of how Samantha and I met is amazing and will only be done justice by […]Read more "Beginning our lives together in Nunavut."
It’s just past 5 AM, here on the North Slope. I just got off nightshift, where I work as a mechanic in the winter. I’m tired. Yet I sit down this morning to write. Simply because what I have to say will not write itself. Personally I believe that the best thing we can pass […]Read more "Safe Home"
Sharing with young people is one of the most satisfying opportunities in life. I am thankful for opportunities like this. http://sewardcitynews.com/2013/10/empericus-embarks-on-seward-middle-school/Read more "Sharing with young people about the Northwest Passage"
“Resonate” -to produce or be filled with a deep, full reverberating sound. We hear about all the ripple effects, don’t we? We hear the gossip and the drama. We as humans seem to love drama. Drama and blame. I have a theory about that. The theory goes that we tend to take the wide path […]Read more "Resonate on the bright side."
For hundreds of years, men have set their sights on the Northwest Passage. Motivations were primarily trade, beyond the passage. Then as time went on, fur trades were developed in the Arctic as a way to fund further exploration and or at least justify a presence here. When Roald Amundsen made the passage a reality, […]Read more "The “Crown Jewel” of the Northwest Passage"