Sunday, April 10, 2011
This week the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain are in Newport, Oregon, to do battle.
Yesterday, SV Mistral was at the scene of the carnage and in the thick of the skirmish. As Mary so poignantly pointed out at a most inopportune moment, Mistral would make a valuable prize in this historic battle.
Just about that time, the Lady Washington gave us a broadside.
And we thought they were our friends!
You never know who to trust in the thick of engagement.
Fortunately for us, their range was off.
You will see them in the slide show below, lurking stern-to that bridge abutment in the background, waiting in ambush for incoming vessels forced into the tiny channel under the bridge.
Brandon was fortunate to have worked on the Lady Washington replica project, so I imagine he had a lot of memories as we maneuvered as close as we dared Saturday afternoon, under superlative spring skies.
He is explaining to me that the original, historically accurate flag for the present Lady Washington had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars and the top and bottom stripes were white.
The Hawaiian Chieftain joined the Lady Washington on February 25, 2006 and the two ships provide joint education and sail training along the west coast of the United States.
Doryman met the Hawaiian Chieftain two summers ago in the San Juan Islands. It was a pleasure to visit with her again.
A disinterested cormorant honor guard stands by.
Please enjoy the slide show and choose your favorite shot. Mary got off a few broadsides of her own. The Canon Power Shot strikes again!