Ken’s Final Journey

Kenneth Ellyson Court

October 14, 1938 – August 18, 2019


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The Mariner’s Final Journey

May fair winds and following seas
carry him into Eternity.

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by Ken Court

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See “A road map to my Blogs – Mar 2018″ below

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.   Discover.
Mark Twain

See the Mamari Saga Map:

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Thanks to all of you who made this Mamari Saga such a wonderful experience

This tale and the yarns are from my log books and my fond memories.  Transcribed in part by Mabel Williams, who has excellent typing skills and a good familiarity with things nautical.  Posted on the web with skill by Don Barker.  His encouragement  has spurred me on. Thank you both.

Thanks also to all who have sailed with me on Korsar, on the passenger-cargo ship Rangitoto from Papeete to Wellington, all of them were either beginning their Working Holiday from the UK or returning home to New Zealand their holiday complete.  Thanks to all who were aboard Mamari, crew & visitors.  Lastly thanks to all those friends who welcomed me and took me in along the way.

A road map to my Blogs – Mar 2018

Go to to reach my blog site …  atI value your feed back please send me an email at

When you get to my blog a tropical beach will appear, Manihi in the Tuamotus, my favorite island bar noned I’ve seen many…

To whet your whistle try the first set of chapters below the beach… Mamari & Korsar start with Chap 12 To Fiji & Beyond. It is six pages long and replete with photos. Wrote it within a month of my arrival home in Maryland; then read Chap 1 all of the beginning including The Voyage Briefly Told, then Chap 2 Korsar & Ken in French Polynesia. If you are skimming thru read Taio Hae, Manihi and Tahiti although I think our entire sojourn in French Polynesia will interest you. There, New Zealand-Chap 3, the Seychelles-Chap 6 & Greece-Chap 8 were the places I tarried longest. 28,000 miles in four years, not a bad way of life.

These Chapters are works in progress. So far we are at Chap 7, my arrival in Egypt and the Suez Canal in May 1967 weeks before the Six Day War which Israel won.

Re: Links

Then scan down for links. All told you’ll find and I recommend you read for starters KumaChap 1, 2 & 12…; Vignettes1900-1930 The Great Escape; 50s… Exilona, Elsie Reichert; 80s… Madness and then on youtube a 10 minute interview for local TV … well worth watching, followed by Around the World in 80 Slides 1 ¼ hour you can skip this if you like, all photos will be included in my text. In Jan 1975 I first presented my voyage at the US Naval Academy. This was at the 2nd Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium. My paper- Extended Cruising – an Overview… A Collection of Ideas for Cruising Yachtsmen Based on the Author’s 4-Year Cruise From Hawaii to the Chesapeake by way of the Red Sea...

Re: First slide show 1975– Around the World in 80 Slides. That’s all there were, a Carousel of 80 Slides…catchy title a la Jules Verneupstaged the other presenters, added a spirit of adventure to the symposium…

I was given 15 minutes to present my paper I took the podium soon after lunch,

Copyright 2014 by Ken Court


"Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain