This morning we shoved off from Rock Hall, MD and finished up the rest of the Chesapeake. The Colonel had written to ask just how we expected to get out of the top without going all the way back to Norfolk. For a moment I thought we might have gone the wrong way!
Actually, back in the late 1600’s a Bohemian named Augustine Hermann thought that if a canal was cut from the Chesapeake over 14 miles to Delaware Bay that many days and much risk could be cut from voyages from Philadelphia to Baltimore. He was right but no-one was willing to invest in it. Just before the 1800’s rolled around another interested party decided to raise the funds for it. You might know him if you have a hundred dollar bill in your pocket. Yes, Ben Franklin drew investors and for a mere two million dollars 2600 men were hired to hand dig a trench 10 feet deep and 40 feet wide. It has been enlarged several times with modern equipment and now it is near 40 feet deep and 400 feet wide.
2. A trailer park up north proving we do not have a monopoly on these down south
3. A new home on the C&D Canal
4. An unfortunate boat that was swept ashore in high winds
5. The Delaware Responder
What a difference from the vast Chesapeake. Almost like being back in the Tenn-Tom. A pleasant ride indeed.
Our old Gulf crossing buddies Bill and Pam aboard Seabiscuit are waiting in Cape May for weather to run up the Atlantic seaboard to NYC. If we can get there on time we can run together. It is a long hard run with few places to duck in if weather goes bad so you must pick your day like we did way back in Carabelle. I will likely need to call the Commander and put him to work on this one.
I may not have told you that Bill and Pam are from Lexington, KY where Alex lives. They were professional horse trainers and told us to put our money on Union Rags to win the Belmont Stakes because friends of theirs own him. We did not and naturally he won. If we were bigger risk takers we could have paid for this whole trip doggonnit.
Delaware City is a pretty pretentious name for this small hamlet but it appears to be friendly and has restaurants and a small grocery. Jan is washing linens here as there is no competition for machines.
2. Alex mailing postcards to all the kids
3. A local founder
4. A new celebrity
5. Dinner at Crabby Dick’s
Cbay did well and we ran on plane for approximately 30 minutes today to compensate for the coming storm. They are expecting 6 footers at the mouth of the bay. We don’t do 6 footers.