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 Julie in Cellar Door.
The difference between the pristine Dismal Swamp State Park and the industrialization of Portsmouth and Norfolk was dramatic. As well as industry there was ships, aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers and cargo vessels.
We bunkered, watered laundered and showered at the Tidewater Marina as John and Michael serviced our engine in a neat little floating boat shed. Tonight we are staying at the Portsmouth free city dock with Paul and Sue, on Eider, a Gtand Banks trawler style of boat that we last saw in Beaufort SC and is heading back home North to Maine.