Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Bowsprite has posted new work. My favorite is Lilac, seen here. A one-time Coast Guard lighthouse tender, it is docked at Pier 40 near Houston Street. Tugster has gotten down below and taken shots of the engine room today and has links to historic shots like the one below. It shows the engine room in the ship's glory days when it was the USCG vessel Oak.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Volvo fleet took off from Boston for Galway Saturday. A sentimental reverse voyage to me because my great grandfather Thomas Costello came to New York from there. And probably the same for the Curtises from County Clare, which explains my mother's name.
Green Dragon - Ian Walker (Skipper)
Why did I have to mention the threat of lobster pots yesterday? Today as we rounded Cape Sable off the Southern tip of Nova Scotia we were confronted by hundreds of them and to make matters worse, it was low tide and the lines were slack with little or no pattern.
After zig zagging our way through with a lookout forward we eventually hooked one on our leeward daggerboard. Five minutes later we had three of them entangling us. After backing down and clearing two of them we realised one line had sawn its way through the leading edge of the port daggerboard. We managed to raise the board and cut it free but we are left with a 250 cut in the laminate of our daggerboard one metre up from the tip. The rope we hit must have been over a metre below the surface!
We cannot leave the board in this state or the laminate will peel away and the board will start to disintegrate. Right now the watch system is on hold and we have four teams of people working onboard. Two people are sailing the boat as fast as they can with no daggerboards, three people led by Neal are working to repair the damaged board down below and three people led by Damian are working to swap the windward board end-for-end into the leeward case and two people are eating or resting.
Hopefully we will have the daggerboards reversed and can sail at 100% in the next hour and the port daggerboard can hopefully be fixed before we have to go upwind. This is a big disappointment as we were in sight of 5 boats and sailing well. We can only hope that we don't lose touch with the fleet and live to fight another day.
Got to go and help.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
It's not a golf thing. Double Eagle is a sardine carrier - a traditional wood one, maintained at Lyman Morse boatyard in Thomaston, Maine. The transporter's giant vacuum cleaner takes the fish from the draggerz and then hurries to market.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
It's a lot to live up to, expectations to contend with when you have got a name like Ulysses Luke, born to Jesse and Pascale on May 9, 2009, at about 5:00 AM, 9 lbs, 5 oz, in Keene, New Hampshire.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I am going to have to get a longer lens,
like the contributors to the great Spanish birdwatching blog Miradas Cantabricas. But these will do for the moment. These shots are taken right out back at our place in Friendship. The last shot is of the house from my skiff.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Darrin and crew from Carpenter's Boatshop in Pemaquid delivered, on moving-in day in Friendship, my Monhegan skiff, and Marilyn's Adirondack chair.