2014

 

Buying a house, working at cleaning out a house that I've lived in for almost 25 years and getting moved (sort of) into the new house translates to not having much time to spend on the boat.  But I did get in a few day sails and a multi-day trip to St. Michaels before the season ended.

 

The 2 pics above are of the July 4th blindfold dingy races at the Maryland Marina sponsored by the Frog Mortar Yacht Club. Chaotic fun. The race starts at the dingy dock and proceeds for about 150 yards, around a bouy and back to the dock.  Amazing how well some folks do and how far off track some folks get. The folks who are old hands at this event have learned a trick.  The "passenger" taps on one of the rowers knees to communicate which direction the dingy needs to go.

MaChusla sailing south on the Chesapeake on the way to St. Michaels.  Great sailing.  The wind is from starboard and we are heeling (leaning) about 10 or 15 degrees - just right.  The trip back was not as nice.  The wind was in the wrong direction and there were 2 foot rollers (waves) that were hitting on the beam (side) causing the boat to roll from side to side.  After a very short time with that motion, the decision was made to motor most of the way back to home port :-).

Picture taken from the Harbour Inn Marina looking northeast up the Miles River approach to St. Michaels. St Michaels is located approximately half way down the Bay.  It's an old, small town.  Originally ship building and oyster canning were the main activities.  During the War of 1812 the British arrived in the evening with a number ot warships on the Miles River.  Their intention was to destroy the town and therefore the shipbuilding industry located there.  The citizens of St. Michaels learned of the British approach and hung lanterns in trees and bushes about a mile away from the town. These were lit as day ended. The British were fooled and fired canon shot after canon shot at the lights from the lanterns thinking it was the town.  The town was untouched.  The British left that night probably thinking that they had "taken care of business" when in fact business in the town resumed as normal the next day.  The town leaders had the wisdom to foresee the end of the shipbuilding and oyster canning businss and St. Michaels converted over several years to a tourist destination.  It is a fine place to visit by water or by land.      

Harbour Inn Marina.  St Michaels.

Harbour Inn Marina and Miles River. St Michaels.

MaChusla - Harbour Inn Marina.

Harbour Inn in the evening - St. Michaels.  Power boats far outnumber sailors.

A Bugeye and a Skipjack at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  Check elsewhere on this site for a description of both types of boats. This museum covers 18 acres and is a "hands on" museum. Visitors are encouraged to touch most displays. The pics on this page do not even begin to represent the variety of exhibits.

Skipjack Rosie Parks at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  She was built in the 1880s and recently restrored. There has been, for many, many years, a tradition for naming work boats.  Many are named after a male but more were and are named for a female but NOT the owner's or captain's wife.  The saying is:  Your mother will always be your mother, your sister will always be your sister but a wife may not always be your wife. I know a pleasure boat owner, who will remain unidentified, that has, in my 6 years of "hanging around" the marina, renamed his boat 5 times.  Girlfriends seemed to come and go for this individual and the boat name reflected the latest.. There is an ancient belief that renaming a boat is bad luck.  Maybe that's his problem.

Hooper Strait Lighthouse was relocated to the Chesapeake Maritime Museum a number of years ago.  This is a screw pile lighthouse.  If it got tilted by ice or storms the screws on the piles could be adjusted to level it.  It has been completely restored.  The restoration included re-creating the interior to acheive an accurate reflection of what life was like for the light keeper.  Original clothing, as well as orignial packaging for food, medicines, etc. were used as much as possible. Tools, furniture (not much) and other articles are original to the period.  The light has 3 levels.  A tour provides a very good idea of the life and duties of a lighthouse keeper up until the mid 20th century.  Almost all lighthouses have now been converted to electric and the job of lighthouse keeper is no more. 
Two pictures above are only a part of the full display of various types of decoys used for duck, goose and other water fowl hunting in the "old days".  Decoys ranged from rough unpainted carvings to very fine carvings painted accurately and sometimes with great detail. 

GPS recorded track of the trip to St. Michaels - approximately 48 miles each way.

Sunsets at the Maryland Marina are frequently spectacular.

 

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