Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tall Ships

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.

Clever Yankees!

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!


robert.ditterich said...

Wonderful to be able to see all that from the comfort of Mistral. A historic photo opportunity...your flickr site is becoming a rather spectacular archive!

doryman said...

There are photos uploaded there that have disappeared from my own collection, so that's a good reason to have the archive.

This coming weekend is our own local, early season "Depoe Bay Crab Feed and Boat Show" which will provide even more boat porn.

I hope you take special note of the Culler Wherry Yawlboat that you once featured on Page Three Boats. Mary has been working hard on the interior paint and oil which was neglected last year due to lack of time. It's a fabulous transformation and best of show in my opinion.

Travis and Maggie said...

wow, amazing documentation! I just ran across your site while researching nesting dinghies. Your post about the chameleon was very informative. I wonder if you have any experience with it yourself or if you know how it compares to the Eastport nesting pram. Just wondering. Nice blog!

doryman said...

Thank you!
The Chameleon is unique in my experience. I find nesting dinghies to be homely for the most part, and have never before seen one I thought was interesting - all utility and no soul. But the Chameleon is a pretty boat and rows perfectly. I've helped Martin unload his from his fore-deck and it was a piece of cake. Each half of the boat floats independently so it's a snap to put them together in the water.

Thanks for visiting. Welcome aboard!