Hi Girls & Guys: This blurb is about the cranes of Norfolk VA. In all my travels to east coast ports I have yet to see more cranes or bigger cranes than in Norfolk. Even large ports like New York City can not compare to Norfolk! I have been busy sailing New England this summer but will catch up on the blurbs as the summer winds down!
Hi Girls & Guys: The Ships of Norfolk are a lot like the cranes they are everywhere. In all my port callings on the East Coast of the USA this is by far the busiest port with the largest variety of ships, military & merchant. Though the US Navy ships are the most numerous and their repair facilities are everywhere. In every backwater creek you see ships being scrapped, ships in dry-dock, ships loading and unloading salt, sulphur, coal, and containers of just about everything.
Hi Girls & Guys: The 210 nautical mile offshore passage from Cape May to Block Island was uneventful and very restful. After the passage from Norfolk to Cape May with the Lyle Hess English Cutter, Alice of Penhryn I was totally exhausted from the long arduous days of sailing the Chesapeake & Delaware Bays! Andy & Maria on Alice wanted to see New York City. This being their first visit to the U S A I could not blame them. I have always been awed by all that activity on that one little speck of land called the Big Apple. Traveling through the Battery, the Narrows and Hell Gate is a very exciting experience also. Going with the current reaching speeds of ten knots or better!
Hi Girls & Guys: The Tern & I arrived in the Westport River just in time for the fourth of July. The passage from Block Island RI to the mid channel marker for the Westport River is approximately 30 nautical miles. Hi We left The Great Salt Pond, Block Island RI at 1000 hours right at the change of the tide! Back in the days of commercial fishing we always let with the tide in that way we would start our trip with god on our side. Wherever I go on the water I want the big guy or girl on my side! With proper planning of the currents & fair winds a reasonable passage is about 6 hours! A warm southerly wind began on the change of the water (tide).
Hi Girls & Guys: Having slept for 36 hours on the passage from Cape May, the time went by so fast it took me awhile to get my bearings for the Great Salt Pond on Block Island. Arriving the morning of July 1st, I set the Terns' anchor in my favorite cove, looked over the side to see the anchor was set and hit the bunk for more sleep. I slept all day and night still tired from the grueling trip up the Chesapeake Bay and down the Deleware Bay.
As most of you know this blurb is coming to you from the hard and not the hard in St. Marys GA. but the hard in Westport MA.. This is not where the Tern & I want to be for Thanksgiving but it is our lot for this winter. Both the Tern & I are in need of some upgrading and routine maintenance. It is going to be a difficult winter but I will break out the ice skates and bicycle to help with the long dreary cold days.
Hi Girls & Guys: This leg of the journey will take us to the largest Naval Port in the world Norfolk VA! My father was stationed in Norfolk during WWII. I get goose bumps when we pass in front of the Attack Carriers, probably due to my service in the Navy stationed in Attack squadron 155 onboard the attack carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA - 43) AKA Coral Maru. The trip down from Annapolis was fickle like the winds of the Chesapeake.
Hi Girls & Guys: As promised a 2nd segment! The suns setting and rising in these pics say it all! The moonrise is at the anchorage in front of the Naval Academy. Boats of all sizes were anchored there!The sailing was great but a little benign in comparision to Newport, Block Island, Nantucket, P-Town, and Edgartown. Sailing with the Tango II in Nantucket sound can not compare to the Chesapeake Bay!