Monthly Archives: October 2014

Historical Views of Annapolis

This morning, I was looking up old USGS quads for a few areas around Peoria, tracking some of the landscape changes over the past 120 years since the Geological Survey produced their first maps of the area. I always enjoy … Continue reading

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The Winter To-Do List – At Home Items

As you may have gathered from Margaret’s recent posts on purchasing a Sailrite sewing machine and selecting foam for the cockpit cushions, we are beginning the work that we need to accomplish on Bear before next season. Along these lines, … Continue reading

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Researching Cushion Foam

I had big plans this week to unpack our new Sailrite sewing machine and make a video about the set up, but unfortunately, I was waylaid by illness.  After being down and out for five days, I am finally starting … Continue reading

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Freedom on the Seas: Sailing, Liberty, and American Slavery – Part Three

Slaves gained freedom on and from the water in a variety of ways, not just stealing themselves away on sailing vessels. For instance, we have already seen how Frederick Douglass disguised himself as a sailor to escape to the North. … Continue reading

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Freedom on the Seas: Sailing, Liberty, and American Slavery – Part Two

While Frederick Douglass disguised himself as a sailor to make his way to the North, other slaves gained their freedom from the water in more direct ways. Though sailing gives me a sense of freedom today, these runaways were gaining … Continue reading

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Freedom on the Seas: Sailing, Liberty, and American Slavery – Part One

For a lot of people, myself included, being on the water, especially on a sailboat, represents freedom. Powered by the wind, you have the ability to go anywhere, whether it be across the bay or across an ocean. Moreover, while … Continue reading

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Derelict Boats in Georgetown, South Carolina

Georgetown is situated on what appears to be an old meander of the Sampit River, before the channel broke through to create its current, straighter course to the Waccamaw River. If this is the case, Georgetown would probably be sitting … Continue reading

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Negotiating the Rock Pile on the Way to Georgetown, South Carolina

Once we had the engine running and pumping water, we re-stowed all the gear in the lazarette and raised the anchor. Slowly making our way out of the Calabash an hour or two after low tide, we felt our way … Continue reading

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Engine Problems in the Calabash River

The following morning, when we awoke on the Calabash River, we intended to get going early as we had a number of miles, and the dreaded Rockpile, to cover before we arrived in Georgetown, South Carolina. Moreover, we wanted to … Continue reading

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Snows Cut, Deep Point Marina, and Calabash River: South from Wrightsville Beach on the ICW

The first day my Dad joined me on the boat, we went from Wrightsville Beach to Calabash River on the border between North and South Carolina. On the whole, it was an easy forty-five mile day, though we did have … Continue reading

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