"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 20, 2011

Aug. 19 - Delaware City, DE

Day 154 - Laundry Day
Delaware City Marina

This marina gives an AGLCA discount...two nights for the price of one, so we felt obligated to stay another day. The marina is really helping the rest of the community by doing this...the longer cruisers are in town the more they spend in the local businesses. I spent the morning doing laundry, blogging and visiting with a friend on the phone. Stan did a few jobs on the boat...it's hard to totally relax. There is always something that needs a little attention.

After lunch we went back to Wiso's and picked up a few things for dinner. Tonight we had lump crab cakes, crab soup and a delicious piece of carrot cake. We also rode around town. The creek the marina is in was part of the original C & D Canal, at that time locks were used to adjust water levels between the Delaware River and the Chesapeake Bay. One of the old locks is still here, but not in use. By 1927 the canal had been widened and deepened, doing away with the locks. Unfortunately for Delaware City the eastern section of the canal was moved two miles south, ending their involvement with shipping between Philadelphia and Baltimore. This is a cute little town with a lot of history, but you can tell they are struggling in today's economy.

We had a nice visit with a couple from Virginia this afternoon. It's always fun to see someone else's boat and hear about their cursing adventures. Maybe we will see you again June and Tom.

Delaware City Marina
The Cenral Hotel built in 1830 was a popular summer resort in the early 1900's. It was originally a grain warehouse...it has a lot of weird angles. It sets on a triangular piece of land in the middle of town.
 One of the locks used in the original C & D Canal
We had a little stormy weather this evening. Not a lot of rain, but a lot of thunder.
Looking down the dock towards town and the Delaware River

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