|Concluding the Lesson
Are there professions today which expect workers to accept difficult conditions
like living in isolation for a long period of time, being on call day and
night, or being physically punished for insubordination?
What efforts could have been made to improve the life of crews on merchant
Many resources are available for students who wish to pursue a topic relating
to clipper ships or the merchant marine. On the Internet, students can tour
an historical clipper ship, visit mariner museums, or conduct research on a
broad range of related topics. Interesting projects for students to research
include the effects of trade winds on sailing routes, the history of the development
of sailing vessels, or reading fiction or nonfiction which relates to life in
the age of sail. See the resource list for suggestions.
The first extension activity in Lesson 1 (China
is also relevant to this lesson. Students can look at a number of ships’ logs
and see how on all these ships crews experienced some of the hardships discussed
problems, long journeys, hazardous weather, and shipwreck.