Guest Blogger: Fickle Breezes, Generous Fisherman
Posted by Tall Ships America on June 3, 2013
The guest blogger is back! Take it away Captain Trost…
Friday, 31 May, 2013
Pos: 47 05.9′N x 064 53.0′W Wx: WSW F 3, Overcast and chilly with scattered magic and a 100% chance of lobsters Pride of Baltimore II at Anchor in 30′ of water
Pride of Baltimore II is swinging on her port bower off the fishing village of Escuminac, New Brunswick, population 263 in 1986, according to the sailing directions. The village stands solitary on the broad sandy beaches of Miramichi Bay. To the northeast the Gulf of St. Lawrence stretches out under a leaden sky marbled with sunlight. Hovering between the light breeze and a flood current, the ship rocks nearly constantly to the wakes of lobster boats.
We anchored here yesterday at 1910, two hours before the lavishly late sunset. From our last posting in St. Georges Bay, Pride II has had a mix of nearly everything. Approaching the Northumberland Straits south of Prince Edward Island, the coastal hills of Nova Scotia shown emerald under the warmest sun we’d seen in a week. The breeze freshened and veered as we rounded Cape George and headed toward Pictou Island. We swapped the stuns’l in exchange for the fores’l as we came on the wind. Thought about the mains’l, but held off. Pride II was just fine without it, sailing close hauled fifty degrees off the true wind, making eight to nine knots – impersonating a sloop by carrying everything she owned on the foremast and dragging around a bare stick of mainmast. Click here to continue reading about the adventures of Pride of Baltimore II…
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