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Survived a wild ride down the bay. Some of the roughest conditions we have experienced on the Chesapeake. Big waves. 30+ kt winds and lots of driving rain. Enjoyed our new cockpit enclosures as well as the heater we installed below. The AIS system which allowed us to identify ships during the night was a big help.
Navy ships don't use AIS so we slowed to enter Hampton Roads after sunrise. Still, with heavy ...
... ocean waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. They occasionally come onto shore to mate. They are commonly used as bait and in fertilizer. In recent years, a decline in the population has occurred as a consequence of coastal habitat destruction in Japan and overharvesting along the east coast of North America. Because of their origin 450 million years ago, horseshoe crabs are considered living fossils.
... Navy Yard. Fearing losing the shipyard to the confederate forces, the Union shipyard commander Charles Stewart McCauley ordered the burning of the shipyard and the evacuation of its personal to Fort Monroe across Hampton Roads. The capture of the shipyard allowed a tremendous amount of war material to fall into Confederate hands including the remains of the burned and scuttled naval frigate USS Merrimac.
In the spring of 1862, the remains of the USS Merrimac ...
... for mostly sailing (less motoring). Day 3 was also our big fishing day – more about that below. Day 4 was mostly motoring again and by 0600 on day 5 (May 19th) the wind disappeared for the rest of the trip into Norfolk.
As mentioned, day 3 of the passage was our big fishing day. Earlier, soon after departing on day 1, we had lost two mahi. On day 2 ...
... 8+ day, nonstop, open ocean volunteer sacrifice. John’s only scheduling constraint was to get home by Memorial Day, so we had ample time to spare. But the weather Gods had a different plan. We had been listening intently to our weather router Chris Parker; the near-term forecast was very good for immediate departure, the mid- and longer term forecasts were dismal. Either passing tropical waves or high pressure ridges - with attendant squally or ...