St. Elmo’s Fire

For our readers who not familiar with the story of Gemini allow me to inform and entertain you. It’s about twin brothers by the name of Castor and Polydeuces. The pair had many adventures together and even fought alongside Jason and the Argonauts in the story of The Golden Fleece. According to most accounts, Castor was born the son of a human and was hence mortal while Polydeuces was born of a god and thus immortal. When Castor was slain Polydeuces wept and begged his father, mighty Zeus, to allow him to share his own immortality with his brother. The father of the gods agreed and transformed both of them into the constellation Gemini that they might never be apart again. Castor and Polydeuces are regarded as the patrons of travelers and sailors and are said to appear as St. Elmo’s fire.

What is St. Elmo’s fire you ask? It’s a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from an object in a strong electric field. It appears as a glow atop the masts and rigging of ships at sea and causes a cracking noise.

Although Stephen and I are not descendant from the gods we are both brothers and we received some damn good DNA. While we didn’t grow up together as I am 22 years older than him, we do share the same parents and grew up in the same household. I was in the Army on my first tour when Stephen was born.

This documentary about the ICW is one of several adventures that Stephen and I have planned out. It is as much about the ICW as it is about two brothers getting to know each other for the first time. We hope to visit one port city a day to meet the locals and experience the art, culture and sights. Also one of the objectives in this documentary is to replace the inboard gas engine on the Argo with an electric motor in an effort to achieve a Zero Carbon Footprint.

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