Taking in Maritime History at St. Michaels – 5/3/16

First of All –

  • First occupied purple martin house seen
  • First time having to wade through 3 inches of water to access the restroom

Namely Speaking-

  • bugeye
  • log canoe
  • skipjack

Loop Log:

  • Miles Cruised today: 0 – Layover day
  • Total Miles Cruised to date: 4,500
  • Hours Underway: NA
  • Fuel: NA
  • Morning House Battery Reading: 12.75
  • Wind Speed: 12; Wind Direction: NE
  • Daily High Temperature: 68
  • Water Temperature: 58

DSCF3002The storm is spent by morning. Sky is gray, but no rain is falling. Evidence of the strength of last night’s storm is everywhere. Shredded leaves blanket the ground and clog up drainage grates. The entryway to the restrooms is flooded, and I have to wade through 3 inches of water to reach the door. After breakfast we walk over to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which is arguably the most outstanding museum of its type on Chesapeake Bay. It would be a big mistake to try and visit this place in less than several hours. We spend most of the day wandering through the many exhibit buildings and viewing the historic wooden boats on display here. The screwDSCF3003 pile lighthouse displays the life of a lighthouse keeper. The evolution of wooden crabbing and oystering boats is told through outstanding examples of Chesapeake Bay’s distinctive types. One building is devoted to the recreational use of the bay, while others depict crabbing and oystering on the Bay. Another tells about waterfowling, with dozens of working decoys and decorative carved decoys on display. Enormous punt guns, as large as 2 guage, which could kill 30 or more ducks in a single shot, give a sense of what market hunting was like in the early 1900’s. This museum does a wonderful job of depicting the life and culture of Chesapeake Bay, and a visit to this region would be incomplete without spending at least half a day here.

In the late afternoon I return to the boat while Peter and Mary Ann walk over to the local grocery to pick up some crackers, bread and cheese. While in the store they meet up with Roger and Chris, who are cruising the Loop on board Miss Utah. They stop by our boat later on, and we enjoy good wine and great conversation in the cockpit. I expect I’ll see them again along the way.

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