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"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time"

(Jack London)

This photo was taken in the Gulf of Bothnia (about 63° N) in the spring of 1996.

We navigated among drifting ice floes and mountains of packed ice, some the size of large passenger ships. As you may notice, my lips are getting numb already. The cognac was very welcome!

At the bottom of this page you can see what the change in latitude brings along!
At some point it turned hot and the SGT (Sun down Gin Tonic) was very well appreciated!

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So, why this web site?

To be honest, this website exists only because it is possible. Nothing essential would be lost should it disappear. The only important pages here are those telling the story of s/s Hermes, the cargo ship that my grandmother's father Captain Henrik Skog commanded for more than 14 years. In 1917, during World War I, it disappeared in the Arctic Northern Atlantic without a trace - with crew and all: THE STORY OF THE HERMES.

A dream that we had nursed since 1992 became true in the summer of 2000. We were finally able to move aboard Scorpio "permanently". Now we can spend our time in a more gentle climate and avoid Scandinavia during the dark and cold seasons. However, as Finland is fantastic during the few summer months, we spend about two months of the year every Scandinavian summer at our cottage by the lake of Saimaa.

Although we are fulfilling our dream, we realize that we are taking a big risk in many ways. Loosing touch with relatives and friends is one of them. We hope that maintaining an active website shall provide us with a practical interface for keeping contact with our loved ones.

This site tells where we have been, where we are now and where we may be in the future. It also tells about our yacht Scorpio and about other things related to the cruising lifestyle that may be of general interest.

We invite our friends to join us in one of those wonderful places we visit.

Please check our present surroundings and our future plans at The Location.


We would be glad for comments and suggestions for improving this site. A click on the bottle opens your mailing software. But if you are useing web mail write to scorpiosail(at)hotmail.com. Replace the (at) with @.

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