Monthly Archives: March 2016

Day 29. Portsmouth, Virginia

      Our day began at 7.45am when the lock master Robert invited us to breakfast of parfait, fruit and coffee. He then demonstrated his conch (a conical seashell) horn playing skills. We then transited the lock with TJ and … Continue reading

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Day 28.  Great Dismal Swamp, Virginia section.

Our flotilla of Harmony, Cellar Door and Gracie at the Welcome Centre of the Great Dismal Swamp State Park. This place would be even more beautiful in Fall/Autumn when the leaves change color. There used to be a pub called … Continue reading

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Day 27. Great (Not so) Dismal Swamp State Park

   When I was a teenager my father bought me a moth class sailing dinghy and two years later I built one of these craft myself. The moth class originated in Elizabeth City in 1929 and this morning we visited … Continue reading

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Day 26.  Elizabeth City, NC layover. Easter Monday

   Weather has cleared and we have a beautiful day in North Carolina. We had brunch at Bryons Hot Dog Stand which seemed to have been in time limbo for 50 years.          Back at the dock … Continue reading

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Day 25. Elizabeth City NC, Easter Sunday

Left the Alligator River Marina at 7.30am in grey conditions but little wind. Albemarle Sound has a formidable reputation because it is shallow and when the wind opposes the tidal current it piles up making it tough boating. Today was … Continue reading

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Day 25. Alligator River Marina

  We stayed put in the Alligator River on Easter Saturday morning as the winds turned Northerly at 20 knots which is not what we wanted to cross the shallow Albemarle Sound. So a somewhat lazy time at anchor under the … Continue reading

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Day 23.  Alligator River off the Albemarle Sound, NC

Departed the Belhaven free dock at 7.45 just after a heavy shower and just before another. The rain stayed with us till 11am then cleared to a fine but windy day. Spent over two hours traversing the Pamlico River Alligator … Continue reading

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