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

May 10, 2016

May 9 – Portsmouth, VA

High St. Ferry Dock

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” –Susan Sontag

It's only 12 miles from Great Bridge to Norfolk but it can take half a day to navigate. Most of the low bridges have been replaced with taller one, but the railroaded bridges seem to always be under construction. One in particular was closed from 9-1 today, so we left Great Bridge with the 11:00 opening. Which gave us plenty of time to stop of diesel at another marina called Top Rack. We filled our fuel tanks and water tanks and got a pump out...we're good for quite a while.

It took us about an hour to take care of our living necessities and we were on our way. We go to the railroad bridge that was holding up traffic just after it opened. What a traffic jam...a least 15 boats waiting to go north and almost as many moving south. It was a slow trip up to Portsmouth where we found a spot on wall in the High Street ferry basin. We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with other boaters on the wall and exploring Portsmouth just a little.

There are a lot of boat yards in the Norfolk area.
The Pearl docked in the ferry basin for the night
The Lightship PORTSMOUTH was built in 1915. She served for 48 years off the coasts of Virginia, Delaware and Massachusetts.
A couple of the pretty homes we saw this afternoon
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  1. Portsmouth is one of our favorite cruising destinations! Enjoy your time! Still hoping to catch you along the waterways! Kay, Charlie and Garmin

    1. The free dock at the end of High St. has been a great place to waste a few days. Lots to see and a lot of boaters in and out. We're killing time until we go to a Monk Rendevouz on May 17. We'll be around the Chesapeake until sometime in early July.