Well here goes. I’ve cleaned her up and got most of our junk off the boat. Here’s the website I cobbled together to sell her. I think she looks pretty fine.http://tinyurl.com/lztd2b8Wish me Luck!Tom
Wow. We sure have packed in a lot in the past 5 weeks. We had a couple of parties in Ct to attend with old friends that were a joy to see again. Other than a few more lines on all of our faces, things have not changed too much.
We then took the subway uptown to spend the day in the Museum of Natural History. We spent a full day exploring the museum and barely scratched the surface. The pterosaur exhibit and the exhibit on poisons were particularly well done.
It was a bumpy overnight ride from Charleston to Carolina Beach, NC. We slipped by Cape Fear into the intracoastal, through Snows Cut and down Masonburo Sound to find our destination. Carolina Beach is a nice town with the ocean on one side and the calm sound on the other with cottages lined up between. We were greeted at a really nice dingy dock where they had individual slips for each dingy with proper cleats. We tied up and enjoyed strolling the town.
Well, Emily Gracemay well have tried to make us linger in Charleston as she proceeded to let the overboard macerator pump fail on the passage from Georgia. Since this little pump allows us to discharge waste when 3 miles offshore, it is mighty important and she may have succeeded. The captain, however, thwarted any such mutinous plan by having 2 spare pump impellers aboard. Although that fixed the problem, the captain was also ready with another complete replacement pump!
Nathaniel Russell was born in Bristol, Rhode Island. He settled in Charleston at the age of 27 in 1765, when Charleston was a bustling seaport. By 1774, Charleston boasted a per capita of wealth nearly four times that of all the American colonies. Russell’s career as a merchant involved the shipment of cargoes to and from New England, the West Indies, South America, Virginia, Great Britain, continental Europe, West Africa and Asia.
While most of his profits came from the exportation of staples, such as Carolina Gold rice, indigo, tobacco and cotton, Russell handled a broad range of imported goods. He also participated in the African slave trade both before and after the American Revolution.
The Nathaniel Russell House is an excellent example of the Adam style of architecture. Russell’s house was built when local carpenters had a decade of experience with the light and airy manner made popular by Robert Adam. His house has been called an exercise in ellipses, for from its free-flying stair to the wrought iron balconies, to the principal windows and doors, we found it to be extraordinary. It was the last great house of the city’s post-revolutionary period. Built in 1809, the house was listed in the National Register in 1971 and Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973.
We also stepped into the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Cathedral seats 720 people and is noted for its Franz Mayer & Co. stained glass, hand painted Stations of the Cross, and neo-gothic architecture. The cornerstone was laid in 1890, and the church opened in 1907.
The sides of the Sanctuary are adorned with windows depicting the 4 Gospel writers with their winged creatures. Above the High Altar is the Chancel window. The top section is a rose window depicting St. John the Baptist baptizing Jesus with the Holy Spirit above. It is surrounded by 8 adoring angels playing instruments. Above the Rose window is a Sacred Heart. To the left of the Rose window is a pelican feeding her three newborn pelicans, and to the right is the Lamb of God. Below all of this is a 5-light replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
In general, Charleston was a nice stop. They need some free dingy docks and the shuttle busses (although free) were really overcrowded; but those are minor complaints. After 2 tiring days of sightseeing, Tom started to plot the trip up the ditch towards North Carolina. When we compared 3 long days of hand steering and bridge openings, we again decided to head for the ocean since we could do the same trip easily overnight. Come along as our next stop will be in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.
The Kingsley Plantation has now been taken over by the Park system so the dock and a self-guided 2 hour tour (using an I-Phone) were all free. This plantation was unique in that Kingsley (a white man) had bought a (black) slave girl and made her his wife. She was ultimately freed by him but owned and ruled over several slaves herself in her lifetime. We enjoyed seeing the plantation house, stables and kitchen and the slave houses that were arranged in a village-like semi-circle. This was a lovely, peaceful stop with quiet starlit nights and dolphins surfacing all around our home.
We joined in on a 1 hour guided tour by a ranger that had lived on this island for 31 years. Understandably, she was very knowledgeable about the history and island wildlife. We saw the Dungeness Mansion that was burned down in the 1950s but was still imposing.
The wind and seas were still light 2 days later and we decided to push out to sea for an overnight passage to Charleston. I am writing this blog while offshore and out of sight of land. The seas are silky smooth with barely a ripple. Long period swells are rolling in from Africa and our home is slowly rising and falling as if we are riding on the back of an enormous, breathing creature.
We had several dinners with Cousins Barbara and Nancy and Barbara’s daughters’ family. As they did in 2009, they fed us delicious meals and wanted nothing in return. Connie and Bob have a daughter, Katherine, almost the same age as Emily. She is smart as a whip and Emily quickly renewed the friendship started as we passed through in 2008.
We even got to drive the rover on the moon. Really…can’t you see the earth behind us?
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