The Female Mariners Project Update: SpinSheet Magazine!

 

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There is an article about my recent photographic endeavor, The Female Mariners Project, in the September 2014 issue of SpinSheet Magazine.  You can read it by clicking here.

 

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Crew Changes and Plans

The blog has gone silent for the past week, which we apologize for.

Last Friday, Margaret got off the boat in Norfolk, Virginia, and headed back to Peoria for the dreaded four-letter word: work. She has been busy with traveling, getting our house in order, prepping for courses, and catching up with Illinois friends.
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Photographing in Deltaville

Since we got to Deltaville on Friday, I have been working diligently to connect with women in the maritime industries for my new project.  Everyone I have met has been extremely supportive and cooperative, helping me network with others, even their competition in the community.  It seems like there is plenty of work to go around, as transient boaters nearly triple the size of this small, sleepy town every spring.  The thirteen marinas cater to everyone from weekend boaters to megayacht types.

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Playing Catch Up: An Almost Real-Time Post

As our regular readers know, our blog is weeks behind schedule and we are actually much farther south in the Chesapeake than where our posts make it appear.  Posts to come include Annapolis, St Michaels, Solomons Island, and more, but I have come to my limit of living (writing) in the past and am going to give you an update about our current whereabouts.

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Exploring Dutch Ship Island and Pusser’s Painkillers

Sometimes the best things happen when you get thrown off schedule.  Our trip from Baltimore to Annapolis didn’t go quite as planned, but instead, we got to check out an elite anchorage and explore a fairytale-esque island.  Some things you just can’t plan.

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Running from Storms, a Line on the Prop, and an Amazing Evening at a Mooring

With the debate about our plans finally over, we prepared the boat to leave the Inner Harbor for Annapolis with Vicki aboard for the trip. It felt like we were leaving with so much undone in Baltimore, having barely explored the city and just scraped the surface of Fell’s Point, one of my new favorite urban neighborhoods. But Margaret and I hoped to return for a day or two after our stay in Annapolis. Continue reading
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Bibimbap in Baltimore

We woke up the next morning and decided that we would head back to Fells Point for breakfast.  Vicki had done a little internet sleuthing and suggested that we try Lucia’s diner.  As we meandered through this quaint neighborhood, we saw lots of great bars and shops that we added to our must-see list, including a rum bar, a bar with two dozen bitters, and a beer car.

Balt to Ann62
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Domino Sugar, a Nasty Storm, and a Double Rainbow

After Vicki and I dropped off Margaret at her photo shoot, we decided to dinghy over to the Domino Sugar factory to see it up close. Vicki, apparently, has a fascination with the Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn, and I just have a strange passion for any older industrial area, especially those along the water.
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Heading to the Land of Poe and Key

We left Rock Hall early in the morning, as I was eager to head to Baltimore to photograph a few women who agreed to participate in my current project.  We also wanted to get going early as there were storms predicted for that evening which we hoped to avoid and my friend Vicki, was arriving by bus that day to spend the night aboard Bear.
Coming out of Rock Hall, we had to retrace the same steps we made yesterday, which meant heading South down the channel to avoid a large field of crab traps, and then turning North toward our destination.
As we came up the Patapsco River, I received a text from Vicki that said she had arrived at the bus station.  We were still a couple of hours away at that point, so we decided that we would rendezvous at the National Aquarium later in the afternoon.
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The exact location of S/V Bear when Vicki texted and said she had arrived

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Still Pond to Rock Hall

When we woke up in Still Pond Jeff asked me when I wanted to get going. My immediate response was “now”. It had been a very rocky evening, and with no plans to go ashore, there was no reason for us to stick around any longer. Plus, we were heading to Rock Hall, which would be a long haul as we had to head South past the channel entrance and then double back to avoid a large shallow area filled with crab pots.
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