Pair of Labs enjoying the day out. This is a small
sports/fish, it seems that everyone in the States has one.
Check out the shark protruding from the
Every channel marker for one thousand miles (every
200 yds) had an Osprey or a Bald Eagle nest on it.The most we ever saw was
four Ospreys, all fully grown in one nest.
Meeting a tug pushing a barge on the
The anchorages on the ICW were often in the middle
of nowhere and in a marsh which made them very secure and nice and
Alongside a free dock at Great Bridge, Virginia.
The boat behind is Dutch, the one in front Belgian. There are hundreds of fixed
bridges with an air draught(height from the water) of 65 feet. Swiftwing clears
this by 10 feet.
A bascule bridge which rolls backwards and upwards
on a huge quadrant.
Sailing from quiet rural waters into Norfolk,
This railway bridge gives 140 feet of
A typical scene in Norfolk,
A Bald Eagle at our anchorage in the Solomon
This is a Chesapeake lighthouse which was taken
ashore at Deltaville and preserved at the local yacht club.Most are only a mile
offshore so were provided with a shiff to row ashore with to get fresh
provisions. The three keepers were not rotated and some spent ten years living
full time on the lighthouse.
And here is one still in use. The cast iron legs
are screwed into the mud then the upper frame is fitted. Boulders are place
around the bottom to break up the sheet ice before it gets to the legs.
Chesapeake Bay is 200 miles long and is open to the sea at it's south end but is
75% fresh water making it freeze easily.
We sailed through a fleet of fishing boats, every
one identical fishing in forty feet of water. Each boat ha two forty foot
workboats which shot and closed a huge purse net whivh was then hauled by the
mother ship. Not a very efficient system and certainly not one that could be
used in the North Sea.
Just about to pass under the Annapolis road
Our anchorage in the middle of downtown Baltimore.
The submarine is the USS. Torsk which fired the last shots in anger during
the second world war. She sank two Japanese coastal patrol frigates. She holds
the world record for the most dives ever conducted by a submarine 1,800 if
memory serves me right.
The view looking towards the USS. Constallation
from our anchorage. Constallation is the last all sail warship built by the
American Navy. She was mainly on duty off the African coast apprehending illegal
slave ships after the abolition of slavery.
We're in New York at the moment with Sarah and Will
so hopefully Sarah will do the next blog.