|Calypso and Maite sliding through the C & D Canal|
|Calypso rafting on the Tuschick's mooring ball in Block Island|
|Approaching the southern light house by bicycle|
The tour from the harbor to the north light house then back to the south light house then home was perhaps about 15 miles.
|Maite, Tyler and Nala leisurely |
lunch on Block Island
|Back to the bikes heading home.|
|a little fetch before lunch in the ferry terminal bay|
|The Griswald Inn Essex Connecticut|
Essex Connecticut is a beautiful quaint town on the north shore of the Long Island Sound. As a "Pratt" I was truly amazed. There were more Pratts in this little town than in the rest of the country I think. When we made reservations for dinner at the "Gris" (Griswold Inn) they hostess remarked "Pratt...ah that's a good Essex name!" There were only two doctors named Pratt in Memphis and only one other in my high school in Los Angeles. Mayors, ship captains, and house after house built by my ancestors. The high school, the main street and numerous historical buildings all carried the name. The Pratts of Boston and Plymouth spread rapidly apparently. So many more people to research and learn about!
|one of the main streets in Essex|
|the Essex Historical Society was headquartered |
in the "Pratt House"
|Essex Train Station|
|Maite and Ed in front of Engine #2 |
Essex Dinner Train
|Maite on the Essex Dinner Train|
After Essex, we pushed to get to Baltimore in time for the 200th anniversary celebration of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner by Sir Francis Scott Key. It was worth every gallon of diesel we burned. We passed down the East River and this time, timed our currents perfectly, moving about 14 knots and passing most of the cars balled up in Manhattan traffic.
We spent two days in Sandy Hook visiting friends then took off down the Jersey shore. Unfortunately, it was headwinds and head seas and after a day we decided to tuck into Atlantic City for the night before continuing on to Cape May. From Cape May we spun around and up the Delaware sound to the C & D Canal that joins the Delaware River with the Chesapeake. It was a full day motoring from Cape May to the Baltimore inner harbor, and we pulled in about 10 pm anchoring about 25 yards from one of the fireworks barges set for the big celebration.
Ed, Maite Lorraine and Harry supper in Sandy Hook
|Fell's Point Baltimore, MD Center of 18th century |
Chesapeake ship building and general debotchery.
|Maite with Eric and Carla (Live Wide).|
They let us use their dock for weeks. Thanks guys!
|Panorama of the interior of Fort McHenry|
|View of Ft. McHenry as the British Saw It|
1861 Baltimore largely sympathized with the South and when war broke out Ft. McHenry turned its guns on the city of Baltimore itself to keep it in Union hands. Southern “sympathizers” such as Francis Key Howard were imprisoned in Ft. McHenry assuring that Baltimore stayed within the Union. In a display within the fort's museum, Howard's letters written during captivity juxtaposed his grandfather’s words written in 1814 during the attack upon the fort flying the "stars and stripes", proclaiming freedom for all, with his own sense of betrayal and loss of liberty at the hands of the same government under the same flag within the same fort in 1861.
From Baltimore it was an easy 2 hour motor past Ft. McHenry to Eric Maynard’s beautiful home and dock from where we prepared Calypso for the Annapolis show.
We had one final side trip before the boat show to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the grand daddy of all civil war historic sites. I had read extensively about the battle and had my own ideas as to how and why it went down as it did, but to see it with your own eyes gives one a whole new understanding and appreciation for the ingenuity, heroism and suffering on both sides of that conflict.
|View from the Little Round Top facing Gettysburg|
|Northern extreme of Pickett's Charge as seen from the Union lines.|
|Tree line from which Pickett launched his charge. (The battlefield is out of view to the left)|