Nice? I thought so, not my picture, taken by the organizer of the “Downrigging Weekend” in Chestertown, Maryland, an annual event for wooden boats and tall ships. I like the remains of the morning mist drifting off to the right.
The Boats? From the left the “Muriel Eileen” is a 60 foot 1926 Oyster “Buy” Boat rebuilt as a private cruiser by a friend of mine, alongside her is “Pathfinder” a 1929 62 foot ELCO Motor Yacht, (my breakfast club, a group of 7 not-very-bright retirees acquired Pathfinder in the spring, she is very much a work in progress, but we got the old lady down to Chestertown about 80 miles on Tuesday without needing rescue). Behind them is “Bay Lady” a restored 1930’s excursion (ferry) boat, then a group of three tall ships, the “Pride of Baltimore” a classic Chesapeake Bay schooner, the “Sultana” a replica 1775 Royal Navy revenue cutter, (built in Chestertown in 2000) and bringing up the rear a replica of a 1625 Dutch ship “Kalmar Nykel” (built in Wilmington Delaware in 1990). It’s the end of the educational boating season here, the summer programs will terminate this weekend so there will be singing and dancing and some fireworks before it is all over.