Archive: March 2014

0615 Hrs.  It’s still quite dark, and we’re motoring up the Potomac in dense fog and light rain.  There is very little wind.  Fortunately, there has also been little vessel traffic. 1500 Hrs.   We anchored at 1440 across the river from George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.  The fog is still dense, and we have seen nothing other than occasionally the tops of nearby trees.  It is still raining lightly, and everything on deck is thoroughly wet. 1800 Hrs.  We will…

0630 Hrs.  Another significant milestone (and potential obstacle) is behind us.  A current helped us along after dinner last evening, and we rounded Cape Hatteras a little before midnight.  Some confused seas made the vessel’s motion a little uncomfortable, even though there was very little wind.  These were likely caused by converging currents that, in part, give Cape Hatteras its reputation.  During storms off Hatteras, huge seas interacting with these currents create dangerous conditions.    1700 Hrs.  After an uneventful…

1500 Hrs.  We passed Cape Fear at approximately 0200 this morning and changed course only slightly toward Cape Lookout.  The wind is light today and the seas are calm other than a gentle swell from the NE.  Bright sunshine is offsetting the cool air temperature, so it has been comfortable on deck.  Cape Lookout Shoals were abeam at 1415.  We could actually see huge breakers off to port, even though conditions were fairly calm.  We should reach Cape Hatteras a…

We cast off from Charleston Maritime Center around 0930 the next day and used the outgoing tide to get quickly out the harbor and back to sea.  The strong NW wind from the evening before had diminished so we kept the engine going after setting sail.  Our track from Charleston is roughly NE toward Cape Hatteras.  We have to round three famous capes on this leg of the trip: Cape Fear, Cape Lookout and Hatteras itself.  While Cape Hatteras has…

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In front of the full-scale model of the CSS Hunley. 1st sub in history to sink an enemy ship (USS Housatonic During the Civil war). There is some catching up to do after two busy port visits and receptions.  The remainder of the VI to FL passage was mostly uneventful.  Heavy vessel traffic and some headwinds slowed our progress a bit in the NW Providence Channel, but we still arrived in West Palm Beach a day ahead of schedule.  As…

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0800:  There was enough wind to sail through the night, and it filled in even a bit more this morning.  We jibed last evening so as not to get too far to the east, and the new course with the wind on the port quarter took us within 10 NM of the island of San Salvador.  The 4 to 8 watch lookouts spotted the lighthouse beacon on its northern end, and the group flashing (2) light was visible for a…

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