'Navigating by Nature': Retired prof Marvin Creamer to recall epic voyage in talk at Rowan


Three decades after his 510-day journey to circumnavigate the globe without using navigational equipment, Rowan University emeritus professor Marvin Creamer, 96, is returning to the University on Sept. 20 to discuss his   remarkable trek around the world.

He’s the only human to circumnavigate the globe using no navigational equipment—depending only on the stars, wind, water currents, and his knowledge of geography to find his way.

Now, three decades after his remarkable, 510-day journey, Rowan University emeritus professor Marvin Creamer, 96, is returning to the University to discuss his trek around the world.

Creamer, who taught geography at then-Glassboro State College from 1948-1977, will commemorate the 30th anniversary of his journey during “Navigating by Nature: The Voyage of the Globe Star,” a talk on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4:45 p.m. in the auditorium of Rowan Hall. Admission to the talk is free and open to the public.

After a storied career at Glassboro State, Creamer retired and fulfilled his childhood dream of circumnavigating the globe at the age of 68.

On Dec. 21, 1982, he set sail from Cape May aboard his boat, the Globe Star, a 36-foot, steel-hulled cutter. He sailed to South Africa via Dakar, West Africa and Cape Town, From there, he journeyed to Australia, New Zealand, Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands and along the South American coastline northward via Cape Verdes and Bermuda. He returned to Cape May on May 17, 1984, completing a 30,000-mile, 17-month journey at sea without even a compass or watch.

Also a graduate of Glassboro State College, Creamer has received a host of honors throughout his career. Now a resident of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. and still occasionally sailing his 17-foot sailboat, Creamer received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Glassboro State in 1980, the same year he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the college’s Alumni Association. Also in 1980, he received the Medal of Achievement for Performance Cruising by Yacht Racing/Cruising Magazine. In 1989, he was inducted into Cruising World’s Hall of Fame.

For information on Creamer’s appearance at Rowan, visit http://rowan.edu/geography/ or contact gis@rowan.edu.