Saturday, July 31, 2010

Stone's Point 2010

Ulysses, Jesse, Pascale, Olivia, Taisy, Georgia, Tasha, George, Marilyn, Sanaa, Muffy, Nancy, Whiskey, James, Annabel, Michael.    Image by John

George & Georgia
Dramatis personae:
George & Marilyn
Jesse, Pascale and Ulysses
Tasha, Michael, Annabel, Georgia
Muffy & Sanaa
Crew: John
Canines: James, Whiskey, O' B
Cameo: Russ, Ellen, Henry, Jessica
Locations: Stones Point, St. George River, Cushing, Maine;Cushing Rd., Friendship, ME
July 23 - 31, 2010 Slideshow HERE
Mid-Coast Gothic

Pemaquid Oysters

Monday, July 26, 2010

Issuma: crack...disaster averted

On a  beautiful day on the Labrador Sea a loud crack was heard: one wire stay snapped, a second - Dynex synthetic rope rigging - stretched.  The mainmast popped out of its step on the deck.  Jury rigging brought them to safe harbor 60 miles away. Damage above, details HERE in the July 26, 2010 post.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Issuma: some jobs you have to do yourself

That's what my father said about being the skipper on a sub-chaser.  Richard drew the same conclusion when a line snagged under the boat.  Here he dives with wetsuit and regulator in the Labrador Sea - source of the Labrador currents - the cold, rich waters that sustain us.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Can Chinese fishermen sue over an oil spill? - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine

Chinese oil spill. Click image to expand.
Yes, as I told the reporter, who inquired because he found my translation of the draft tort code of China. Wonderful thing the internet.
Can Chinese fishermen sue over an oil spill? - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Issuma: Icebergs!

It is in the summer that the bergs float far south.  Whales and dolphins abound too on the Labrador coast.

Monday, July 19, 2010

John Donne - for whom the bell tolls

Engraving from Thomas More's 'Utopia'James Fallows, thinking about Dick Cheney's new artificial heart, (an LVAD)was prompted to think about John Donne's famous reflection and to provide a link to the poet's
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions


Now this bell tolling softly for another,
says to me, Thou must die.

In its most famous passage Donne writes:

No man is an island.  entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were;  any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Neither can we call this a begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery, as though we were not miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbors.  Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did; for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.  No man hath afflicion enough, that is not matured and ripened by it, and made fit for God by that affliction.  If a man carry treasure in bullion or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current moneys, his treasure will not defray him as he travels.  Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it.  Another may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell that tells me of his affliction, digs out, and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another's danger, I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security.

Issuma: her builder joins the crew

They're getting into the high latitudes now: 
Latitude: 53 6.9'N
Longitude: 55 47.9'W

That's nearing the equivalent of Cape Horn.

Richard reveals today that Yann, who built the boat, and sailed it 48,000 miles before Richard bought it, joined the crew in St. John.  This is a very important addition, making likely a very northerly attempt - Hudson Bay?  Greenland?  To keep current go to Issuma.
Images: current position, Hall Harbor and abandoned buildings, Yann & RichardXPlot position map

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Obamas on Frenchman's Bay

I love Frenchamn's Bay.  My first visit to Maine in 1984 was a stay on Hancock Point, on Frenchman's Bay, near Bar Harbor.  That is where the Obamas went for a boatride on their speed vacation to Maine.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Obamas on Cadillac Mountain

I would like to know what body of water that is.  Perhaps Blue Hill Bay?  or Hancock Point, Frenchman's Bay?  I hope they are buying local.

Issuma: Labrador Sea

XPlot position mapHugging the coast of Labrador  to avoid a gale at sea.  There's not much shelter here.  I don't know what the next stop is.  The days are long now.  The sun rises about 4:30 and sets at 9:30 so you can cover a lot of ground in day light there.  There's a big gulf north and refuge at Indian Harbour and Cut Throat Island.  And a big island north by east, known to the locals as Gronland.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Willis Avenue Bridge - underway, under tow

Three tugs tow the new Willlis Avenue Bridge span from West Hurley, up the Hudson near Albany, on its way down to its new position on the Harlem River.  After a couple of weeks in Bayonne they will take it through the East river to its home on the Harlem  River?   The Times account is HERE.

Below is a shot I took a few years ago  of the new 145th Street bridge ready to be put in place. The Willis  Ave. bridge is more than twice the weight. But as one of the guys from Mammoet the Dutch outfit handling the transport said:  "It's simple if you have the right tool".

Pres. Bush's boat runs aground at Gooch's Beach, Kennebunk

Fidelity IV
Top PhotoI know that you are blind in the fog.  But he's got a 38 foot boat and a GPS and radar, it appears.  How do you miss the Kennebunk River and end up on the beach?  Who was at the helm? Navigating?
Bush's boat runs aground at Gooch's Beach |

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Bloody Mary

My favorite is a Bloody Billy at Billy's Tavern in Thomaston, Maine.  It starts with a couple of inches of Guinness.  Perfect with a couple of Pemaquid oysters.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Issuma: St. Pierre - a French possession

XPlot position map Issuma approaching St. Pierre, a French island just south of Newfoundland. Issuma position report

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Issuma: Cape Breton, fog, and weather fax

The good part about fog is it means the air is much warmer than the water.  Richard, Chris, and Gabriela landed in Louisbourg, Cape Breton in search of a repair for the weatherfax.  Hope he found the right socket wrench for the propeller - a Halifix stopover quest, much easier said than done.  (Maybe it's metric vs. British problem?) HERE and Here are Richard's account of the last two Nova Scotia stopovers.