Creative yacht crew view partial solar eclipse in Florida

Aug 21, 2017 by To the Triton

Crew on the M/Y Albula, a 210-foot (64m) Royal Denship explorer yacht docked at Rybovich marina in West Palm Beach, joined the millions of people who donned protective eyewear or used special devices to watch the solar eclipse Aug. 21.

Bosun Lindsay Jessop uses a sextant to check out the solar eclipse Aug. 21 on the M/Y Albula.

Chief Eng. Joakim Hansson fashioned his own solar safety goggles to view the eclipse of the sun Aug. 21 on the M/Y Albula.

Chief Eng. Joakim Hansson gives his glasses a try.

It was the first time in 99 years that a total eclipse could be seen only in the continental U.S. The “path of totality” — or area directly below the moon’s shadow, where a total solar eclipse can be seen — cut across 14 states, and millions of people from around the world converged to view the rare event in cities throughout that 70-mile-wide swath of darkness, according to news reports. A partial eclipse in varying degrees could be seen in the rest of the country, as well as other parts of the world. Authorities warned that watching it without special protective eyewear or devices could permanently damage the eyes. Photos by Capt. Grant Maughan