TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 53 NM
DOCKED AT: WATERSIDE MARINA IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA (Free thanks to Garth and Kathy)
SUNRISE: 6:45 AM SUNSET: 4:55 PM
HIGH: 76 LOW: 63
It was looking good this morning so the Quest crew scurried around, making haste to cast off and be on our way south again. Once we cleared the Rappahannock River and merged into the Chesapeake Bay the Quest and her trailering tended were getting whipped around quite a bit and we were thankful when things calmed down as we approached Norfolk.
|CLOUDY SKIES OVER THE BAY|
Holy cow! I think I will never get used to seeing the mammoth military ships housed in the Norfolk Harbor. We found the Enterprise, the Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cole. The USS Cole is the destroyer in Yemen that was attacked in 2000 when a small craft approached her port side and exploded. This resulted in a 40’X40’ gash in the hull and the death of 17 sailors.
Tugs, barges and freighters zipped around us as we ogled at the spectacular sights.
|TINY TUGS AND BIG TUGS BOTH HAVE THEIR USES HERE IN THE HARBOR|
As we approached Waterside Marina we gasped at the 321’ Norwegian three masted Baroque docked right by our marina.
|WE HEARD THAT SHE COMES IN WITH HER MASTS LITTERED WITH SEAMEN|
By the way, thanks to Garth and Kathy on Algonquin for tonight’s stay at Waterside Marina. They had gotten a certificate for a free night but, due to the closure of the Erie Canal, had a change of plans and are now knee-deep into the “Great Loop”. THANKS!