Position 39:16.99N 076:36.53W
Date 2200 – Tuesday 7 June 2011 (UTC -4)
Alice having been given duff
gen about the Cruising Permit required for visiting yachts it was necessary for
them to visit the main Customs Office at Baltimore
to obtain one. We therefore made an early, 0700, start for the 36 miles so
that we could arrive during office hours.
Reluctantly we edged our way out of Crab Creek; a truly delightful
spot. Our host, Wolfgang’s house is in the trees behind the two yachts
on his dock.
With very little wind it was a motor sail but for the first time for
ages we had the tide with us as we passed around the Thomas Shoal Lighthouse,
between the South River, Crab Creek, and the Severn River that the city of Annapolis stands on.
being such a major obstacle to land transport there are huge bridges over the
various tributary rivers and over the Bay itself. This is the William P Lane
Jr Bridges (plural) just north of Annapolis
joining the west and east shores.
Baltimore lies on the Patapasco River
and is one of the USA’s
major sea ports, despite being some 250nm up the creek. The approach to the
older part and centre of the city is past Fort McHenry
the site of one of the last major engagements of the war of 1812.
Whilst the war of 1812 tends to be largely overlooked in British
History as we lost it; possibly due to the activities of the Napoleonic War in Europe we were looking the other way, it features very
loud and large here and forms an important part of the Country’s very
proud heritage. The War essentially was the new USA
flexing its muscles and telling Great
Britain that it took a dim view of paying
taxes and having its merchant fleet harassed and its seamen pressed when
encountered at sea. We intend to go and be on the receiving end of another
dose of “The War” tomorrow with a visit to Fort.
Leaving Fort McHenry to Port we passed on and eventually reach the
Cul de Sac of the Inner
Harbour, right in the
heart of the city. Whilst there are many marinas we had been told that we
could anchor in the Inner
Harbour and that was what
we did as the only yachts there.
Alice and Caduceus anchored
in the Inner Harbour
next to the USS Torsk submarine exhibition and the Aquarium Building.
Compare this evening’s view with the morning view in Crab Creek.
This cruising business can certainly be varied.
We accompanied Andrew and Celia to the Customs House, a short walk from
the harbour and with a great deal of faffing about a Cruising Permit was produced.
This minor success was celebrated with the odd beer, Happy Hour price $3 for a
2 pint glass, and a very decent dinner at an Italian Restaurant well away from
the tourist traps that surround the Inner Harbour.