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

July 31, 2016

Silent Sunday

July 30, 2016

July 30 – Bristol, RI

Acushnet Safe Boating Club Marina

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

We used Uber this morning to go out to the airport to pick up our rental car. If you haven't used Uber you really should try them out, it's such a quick and easy way to get around. After getting the car we drove over to Bristol, RI to visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum. The museum is dedicated to the history the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (HMCo), which produced sailing yachts between 1878-1945. They were most notable for producing eight America's Cup defenders using new techniques and materials to produce boats that were lighter and faster than anything designed before. 

The HMCo designed and produced every aspect of their boats including manufacturing their own paints and resins, anchors, capstans, cleats, engines, fittings, rope, sails, and spars. Each boat was built totally on this sight in Bristol. The museum also includes the American’s Cup Hall of Fame.  

This afternoon we packed and got the boat ready for our absent. We’re excited to spend time with our grandson; we just wish we were going to see our precious little girls too. The hardest thing about cruising for us is missing our family.

Torch (Ex-Savage) a Fishers Island 31 built in 1930 for $16,000.

Thania (Ex-Toddy Wax) was designed by Nat Herreshoff in 1905 and was used as the Havard Judges boat until 1970 when it was given to the Herreshoff Museum...that didn't exist yet. It was placed into service as the first floating exhibit.
The galley was definitely not elegant in those days, but the head didn't look a lit different
Sprite is the oldest Herreshoff boat in existence and probably the oldest catboat in America. It was built by the Herreshoff brothers in 1860.
Bristol Ferry Lighthouse built in 1855...one of the three new lighthouses we saw today.
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July 29, 2016

July 28 – Fairhaven, MA

Acushnet Safe Boating Club Marina

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ―Paulo Coelho

We took it easy most of today. Touring and sightseeing every day can wear you out. We spent a slow morning onboard and then ventured out for a short bike ride to check out Fort Phoenix and the hurricane barrier. The park was full of people wandering around looking at their phones. I guess the area was full of Pokémons and these young people where there to catch them. It made me wonder how crowded it would have been before this latest game became popular.

We walked out on the hurricane barrier and had a great view of the harbor...no people or Pokémons there. On our way back to the boat we stopped at Margaret's for lunch. Everyone at the marina has told us about this place and now we know why...gourmet food and diner prices. Our lunches were wonderful, the best meal we’ve had out in a very long time. We spent the rest of our day onboard trying to stay cool. I watched movies and read while Stan set up his new computer.

Fort Phoenix
Fort Phoenix is an American Revolutionary War-era fort located at the entrance to the Fairhaven-New Bedford harbor. It stands on a granite ledge overlooking Buzzard's Bay. It’s now a public park owned by the Town of Fairhaven.

The first naval battle of the American Revolution took place off its shore in May 1775, when the local militia, captured two British sloops in Buzzard's Bay. Shortly afterward, the town petitioned for the construction of a fort to protect the harbor. The original fort was built between 1775 and 1777 and was outfitted with eleven cannon, several of which had been captured in the Bahamas by John Paul Jones. It was decommissioned after the Civil War.
A view of Fort Phoenix from the water as we came into the harbor on Tuesday. 
A view of Fort Phoenix from the hurricane barrier
The hurricane barrier from the water
The New Bedford-Fairhaven Harbor is protected from tidal flooding associated with hurricanes and coastal storms by a hurricane barrier. It was completed in 1966. The dike is closed a dozen times or more each year for storm events that bring southerly gales and tidal surges, but a closure for a hurricane rare. The barrier consists of 3.5 miles of dikes and gates, creating a wall roughly 20 feet tall. A 150’ wide opening allows ships to move in and out of the harbor under normal conditions. It’s said to be the largest stone structure on the East Coast and the largest hurricane barrier in the world.   
The view of New Bedford from the hurricane barrier
Looking out to Buzzard's Bay...you can see the fog rolling in.
Looking back at Fort Phoenix 
Margaret's, a quaint wood-shingled house that serves up dishes that could pass at some swanky hotel on the Cape.
This is the lunch specials for the day...look at those prices and the prices on their regular menu were just a nice.
My lunch of sautéed shrimp with mushrooms, asparagus and tomatoes in garlic-tarragon butter, with a nest of sweet potato sticks.
Stan lunch was grilled yellowfin tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes, snow peas, grilled red peppers and ginger mango jam.
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July 28, 2016

July 27 – New Bedford, MA

Acushnet Safe Boating Club Marina

“To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves—the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?” —Walt Whitman

Today we rode our bikes back across the bay to New Bedford to explore the Whaling Museum. We spent most of the morning at the museum, had lunch at Tia Maria, a little European café with a Portuguese influence, and then returned to the museum in the afternoon to finish our tour. It’s a very impressive place and well worth a day's visit. This evening we enjoyed visiting with the friendly people at the marina. This marina is a private boating club that allows a few transient to dock…everyone has been very friendly and gracious, and they’ve gone out of their way to make us feel welcomed.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum opened in 1907 and invites visitors to voyage around the world during the Golden Age of Sail when New Bedford's whaling fleet circled the globe to hunt the giants of the deep for whale oil to light the lamps of the world and lubricate the wheels of the Industrial Revolution. This institution, which was founded by the whaling families of the greater New Bedford area, is now the world's largest and most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the history of Massachusetts' south coast region. 

The museum's main campus encompasses a city block overlooking historic New Bedford harbor. Its 20 galleries of maritime art and science exhibits include five complete whale skeletons and the world’s largest ship model, Lagoda, which was built in place 100 years ago. The overall length of the model is 59' with a mainmast 50' in height, she is fully rigged and outfitted for an extended whaling voyage. You can read more about the Lagoda here.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum 
The whales at the museum 
The Lagoda located in the Bourne Building at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
Part of the scrimshaw collection at the museum. These are sperm whale teeth.
Each dot on this map represents a whale taken by a whaling ship that sailed from New Bedford. This is a small section of the large map. 
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