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OUR SAKMAN STORY: One Sentence In History

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"These Indians are no ways defective in understanding, for their flying proas in particular, which during ages past have been the only vessels employed by them, are so singular and extraordinary an invention that it would do honour to any nation, however dexterous and acute, since if we consider the aptitude of this proa to the navigation of these islands, which lying all of them nearly under the same meridian, and with the limits of the trade wind, require the vessels made use of in passing from one to the other to be particularly fitted for sailing with the wind upon the beam; or if we examine the uncommon simplicity and ingenuity of its fabric and contrivance, or the extraordinary velocity with which it moves, we shall in each of these articles, find it worthy of our admiration, and deserving a place amongst the mechanical productions of the most civilised nations where arts and sciences have most eminently flourished.” Sir George Anson

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October 1742

OUR SAKMAN STORY:
 Passion In Our Hearts
 Pride In Our Work
 Confirmation Of Identity I must admit that when I first read this sentence I did not understand it fully. I had to read it several times with an Oxford dictionary by my side so I may understand the very words Sir Anson wrote. I know this one sentence has captured the very essence of our passion, infused pride in our work, and reconfirmed our identity. Let me now speak in simpler terms to understand it best. What did words mean then? Singular? Fabric and Contrivance? Aptitude? Dexterous and Acute? Wind upon the beam? 2nd Marianas History Conference 2013 ・ !109

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