Globe Star left Cape May December 21, 1982 and sailed to South Africa by way of Dakar, West Africa and Cape Town. From there, she sailed to Australia, New Zealand, Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands, and along the South American coastline northward by Cape Verdes and Bermuda, finally ending at the point of departure. Marvin returned to Cape May on May 17, 1984. Eleven and a half of the eighteen months were spent at sea.

The GLOBE STAR completed a successful circumnavigation of the globe, skippered by Professor Marvin Creamer of New Jersey. Creamer navigated without the use of compass, sextant or electronic instruments! He eschewed even a wristwatch, but took an hourglass for changes of watch! Actually, a sextant, clock, compass and radio were sealed in a locker below deck in event of an emergency, but these remained sealed for the entire journey, which was attested to and notarized by proper inspections.

The boat was equipped with a transmitter which sent signals at regular intervals so that the Coast Guard knew of the boat's whereabouts. When it malfunctioned, the media reported the crew missing. After the Globe Star reached port, Creamer called his wife, who had more confidence in her husband's abilities than in electronics!

During his circumnavigation, Marvin gleaned much additional knowledge about navigating by nature alone. He discovered that he could depend entirely on the sun, moon and stars -- if they were visible. In overcast and stormy weather, he studied currents and wind patterns. But he also found that the composition and color of the sea, cloud formations, the horizon, drifting objects and different types of birds or insects were valuable sources of information. Creamer obtained his latitudes by identifying a star with known declination that happened to transit through his zenith, directly overhead. After a lot of practice, he was just as aware of his longitude as was an eighteenth-century mariner, so he had only to sail down a parallel of latitude for landfall.

On one occasion a squeaking hatch served as a navigational aid. Marvin had lost direction in a prolonged dead calm. With no visible stars and currents to guide him, he could little more than sit and wait. When the wind finally began to blow, a crew member moved the hatch cover, which made a loud squeaking noise. Deductive reasoning told Marvin that dry air coming off the Antarctic had caused the squeak. Moist air would have lubricated the track. Following the direction of the dry air, Marvin was able to get back on course. On May 13, 1984, after 510 days at sea, Marvin Creamer neared the end of a voyage which had begun as a fantasy in his teenage mind. A normal house fly which landed on the GLOBE STAR hinted that he was about to become the first person in recorded history to circumnavigate the globe without instruments. Victory was near!

Four days after the fly’s visit, following a night of wrestling with heavy sails, the exhausted skipper had just crawled into his bunk when he was awakened by repeated shouts. Overhead, a U.S. Coast Guard chopper circled the GLOBE STAR. Off the starboard bow, Creamer spotted a red marker, the “F” marker just 15 miles south of Cape May. At 1 p.m. on May 17, the GLOBE STAR entered Cape May harbor having logged 30,000 miles with 17 months at sea. Creamer wrote in his record of the journey, "It has been a jolly romp!"

Using only environmental clues, Creamer had sailed around the globe in a grand feat of record-breaking proportions. Creamer proved what he always believed — that it is possible to circumnavigate the globe in a small boat without instruments.

The soft-spoken 68-year-old retired geography professor became an American hero much admired by those he met during his adventure. Creamer and his crew members docked at Capetown, South Africa; Hobart and Sydney, Australia; Whangora, New Zealand; and Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Christmas 1983 was spent in the Falklands where they unknowingly made port at a top secret British military installation. “We were the talk of the Royal Air Force,” Creamer writes. “They treated us like kings, but they thought we were crazy.”

“What we demonstrated,” he concludes, “is that information taken from the sea and sky can be used for fairly safe navigation. How far pre-Columbians sailed on the world’s oceans we do not know; however, it is my hope that the GLOBE STAR voyage will provide researchers with a basis for assuming that long-distance navigation without instruments is not only possible, but could have been done with a fair degree of confidence and accuracy.”

Creamer has always been a doer as well as a dreamer. Today, Creamer resides in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., Although Creamer still has a 17 foot sailboat, he generally stays on dry land.

Known articles by and about Creamer and his voyage around the world
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Rowan professors Denis Mercier and Paul VonHoltz collaborated in editing and setting Creamer's account of the voyage in book form, titled  The Globe Star Voyage, a 171-page autobiographical story including pictures and newspaper articles. This has unfortunately never been published.

A two-page article about Creamer's circumnavigation appeared in the July-August 1984 issue of New Jersey Outdoors Magazine.

An article by Creamer appeared in the Ocean Navigator July/August 1985, pages 30-35, published by Navigator Publishing Company, of 18 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04101. Written by Greg Walsh, the article was titled, A Natural Navigator, Marvin Creamer is the world's premier no-instruments voyager.

Creamer gave a speech a the Institute of Navigation annual meeting, Annapolis, MD in June, 1985, entitled The First Circumnavigation Without Instruments: A Small Step Backward

Speeches by Creamer to the Delaware Valley Geographical Association, Treadway Inn, West Chester, Pennsylvania:
November 1981: A Geographer’s Odyssey—Sailing the Seas by Stars Alone
November 1984: Voyage of the Globestar—A Non-Instrument Circumnavigation