This map shows the route taken by Creamer on his circumnavigation without instruments.

There was much work to do in preparing for the voyage. Delivery of the Globe Star was promised by August, 1982, but it didn't arrive until December 1st, leaving very little time to get the vessel ready and stash everything needed on board. Winter arrived early and snow had to be cleared from the deck before any work could be done.

Globe Star's send-off took place on December 15, 1982 at Red Bank Park, NJ, on the Delaware River opposite Philadelphia Airport. In spite of cold weather and snow on the ground, it was a media event with five television crews, a news helicopter providing live coverage and reporters from wire services, press and radio. The marching band from nearby Gateway Regional High School provided music, and dignitaries including a U.S. Congressman gave speeches. Officials of Gloucester County Weights and Measures Department were on hand to seal and notarize the compass, sextant, watch, and radio in a waterproof canvas duffel bag, that was then stowed below deck. Only a specially made hourglass would be used on this voyage!

Few of those on hand for the send-off knew it, but the Globe Star would return to Cape May for a few more days of preparation - without the press being on hand to interfere with work! The map below shows the route taken.

Departure from Cape May: December 21, 1982

The first leg was to Cape Town, South Africa and Globe Star sailed a distance of 7800 nautical miles in 100 days.

Wind is the sailor's friend; doldrums are good for mending sails, fishing and baking bread!

Only 20 days out of Cape May, the first near disaster struck when a defect in the oven caused a serious fire in the galley. When the crew had covered two thirds of the distance to Cape Town, the Coast Guard ARGOS transponder malfunctioned and went silent until reaching Cape Town. Some media outlets reported the crew "missing at sea."

The brownish color in the photo below is from Sahara sand!

Arrival in Cape Town

The second leg from Cape Town to Hobart, Tasmania was 6800 nautical miles, accomplished in 77 days. Six days out of Cape Town, the ARGOS transmitter failed a second time. There were two knockdowns in 40-foot seas. A crew member needed treatment for a bad salt water sore and frostbite, but the vessel escaped damage on the rocky coast.

Fishermen greet the crew upon entrance in Tasmania

The Globe Star needs much TLC and must be fitted and tested with a new steering vane.

The locals gave Creamer a big welcome, but not all Americans!

From Australia to New Zealand was about 2000 nautical miles covered in 23 days of sailing. The next leg was from New Zealand to the Falkland Islands was 5500 nautical miles in 53 days.

The final leg from the Falklands to Cape May was 7400 nautical miles in 98 days for a total of 29,460 nautical (33,870 statute) miles and 351 days at sea.

Falkland Islands

Lieutenant Commander Mark Stanhope (Royal Navy), captain of the submarine Orpheus. Stanhope was stationed in the Falkands and asked Creamer to address all his men. Today, he is Supreme Commander of the British Royal Navy!

British Navy welders made an expert repair of the "indestructible" stainless steel tiller that had snapped in a storm.

The following photos are not in a proper order, but I hope to correct this and add more comments soon!

Sightings of other ships were rare on the open sea, but in shipping lanes, there were some close calls.

After the Globe Star had passed the equator and the path of departure, Creamer's goal was accomplished. A Coast Guard plane dropped packages for the crew in congratulations. Now they just wanted to get home again!

Creamer sails under the Twin Bridges on the Delaware to his victory celebration. Crowds awaited his arrival at Red Bank Park, the point of departure 18 months earlier.

Continued on the following pages:
About Marvin Creamer
About the vessel, Globe Star
About the Voyage
Photo Gallery
A History Lesson
My Connection to Marvin Creamer
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