Sailors, Whalers & Astronauts

This Cultural Resource

Discover the culture that surrounded men and officers aboard sailing ships of the past and spaceships of the present, and try great activities that reveal what life for them was really like.  They can furl a sail, make dandyfunk, learn about seaport towns, discover the fate of the Whydah Gally, chase down whales, and eat with astronauts.  This resource is now printed in stunning full color!

Topics That Provide Learning Experiences You’ll Enjoy in This Resource


  • Parts of a Ship
  • Be a Lookout
  • Sailor Lingo
  • Coming Aboard
  • The Watches
  • Furl a Sail
  • Try a Sea Chantey
  • Never-Ending Chores
  • Discipline & Punishment
  • Living on a Ship
  • Sailor Suits
  • Figureheads
  • Beliefs of Sailors
  • Disease on a Ship
  • Knots Used by Sailors
  • Food and Drink
  • Make Dandyfunk & Lobscouse
  • The Galley
  • Entertainment
  • Play Fox and Geese
  • Music & Dance
  • Merchant Ships
  • Seaport Towns
  • Get a Sailor Tattoo
  • Barrels
  • Anchors
  • Prepare for King Neptune’s Visit
  • A Pirate Tale


  • Life on a Whaler
  • The Officers
  • A Whaling Tale
  • Signal Flags
  • Lighthouses
  • Whalers
  • The Captain
  • The Whaler’s Prey
  • Plan a Shipboard Gam
  • The Chase
  • Cutting In
  • Trying Out
  • Whale Stamps for a Ship’s Log


  • What is an Astronaut?
  • Staying Healthy in Space
  • Taking Care of Clutter
  • Food for Astronauts
  • Astronaut Gear
  • Where Astronauts Work Today