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''And then there were none." I cannot help thinking of that line when members of the Amicale Internationale des Capitaines au Long Cours Cap Horniers gather together from all parts of the world to greet one another, exchange yarns and perpetuate the history of square rigged windjammers around Cape Horn. It is a dwindling breed of sailormen who met this year in the seaport town of Imperia , on the Italian Ri viera , May 23-26, for the XXXIX Annual Congress of Cape Horners-320 men , average age near 75 years , from 14 countries. This annual pilgrimage started back in 1936 when a group of French captains who had skippered square-rigged sail around Cape Horn formed a small friendly group they called Internationale des Capitaines au Long Cours Cap Horniers (the Association of International Cape Homers, or AICH). These were sailors who lived along the Bordeaux coast , and they held their meetings in St. Malo. They designed their logo around the life ring and the albatross in honor of all those drowned off Cape Horn from Magellan's time up until the last, Walter Cooper, lost overboard from Viking off Cape Horn on March 22, 1938:" Sailing lore has it that the albatross is the soul of a dead sailor lost at sea off Cape Horn . During the middle 50s other countries that had captains who had commanded ships around Cape Horn joined the AICH . Eventually there were 12 sections from Europe proper: Norway, Sweden, Finland , Aland, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland , Belgium, Italy, and Spain , along with what was now the French section. The by-laws read that every five years the AICH Congress was to meet in St. Malo, the place of origin. All minutes and proceedings were to be in English. Australia joined officially in 1978 and New Zealand in 1980. We are now working on forming an American section. The last square riggers sailed from Finland down to Spencer Gulf in South Australia for grain. Many young American lads sailed in those later days including the writer. I already have the addresses of at least 25 US Cape Homers, and I know that 'lVith the help of such good people as Capt. Harold Huycke, Karl Kortum, Norman Brouwer, Peter Stanford and others we can scare up over 50 Cape Homers living today within our continental limits. *Mr. Well's painting ofthis is shown in SHJ8:63.
SEA HISTORY, FALL 1983