A big “HI” to Dick Hanson who is recovering at Dartmouth’s Mary Hitchcock Hospital from a bout of pneumonia and a parainfluenza virus. Get well so you can join us again!!!!!
Time to make haste! We saw that a storm was quickly approaching the sound and harbor area so we gathered ourselves up and made for the North, just missing all of the small craft warnings. We did encounter a day of rain but no thunder storms or high winds.
We said our good buys to the Empire State Building then sailed past the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum where we glimpsed the Intrepid (a WW II aircraft carrier), the Concord and the USS Growler (a diesel electronic submarine) before we made our way under the George Washington Bridge.
This was the radar display as we were escaping the up the brunt of the storm and experiencing heavy rain. Cool?!
We motored under the Tappan Zee Bridge, past Sing Sing Prison and Bear Mountain Bridge with the adjacent Amtrak tunnel before coming to the immense West Point Military Academy. We have glimpsed some of these sights from the train but never experienced it from this perspective. Totally different view of the world!
Note: During the Revolutionary War, the Americans stretched a huge chain across the Hudson River in two places. Ones spanned the narrow section of the river at World’s End, just north of the West Point Academy and the other near the Bear Mountain Bridge. Their attempt to prevent the British warships from passing was foiled in both cases. They seized the chains and proceeded up the river to burn down Kingston. The chains were sent to Gibraltar by the British to protect their own harbor.
Pollepel Island, also known as Bannerman’s Island, is home to the remains of a replica of a medieval castle that Fran Bannerman built in 1918 as a summer resort. It fell to the state in 1967 and was open to tours until it burned in 1969. It now stands in abandoned disrepair. Too bad!
We made Newburgh our home for the night and were assisted by the helpful dockhand at the Front Street Marina. There were several restaurants right along the waterfront and we chose the River Grill where we watched the world go by. Literally! When Steven said “I see a bridge coming down the river” we, of course, thought he meant that he saw the bridge up the river. Not so. He really did see a bridge, a huge bridge, being floated on a barge. The new Willis Avenue Bridge with its U.S. Coast Guard escort floated right past us on the way to its new home in Manhattan. How cool is that??!!