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Printing Press
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, St Mary's Village

While taking the tour of old St Mary's we came apona young woman who works in the printing house. Here she sets type and prints the flyers used around the village. She gave us a wonderfull introduction to the magic of the printing process. Ever wondered where the terms Upper and Lower Case came from. Well type setters had a large tray in front of them with numerous pockets for each piece of type. The smaller letters were more numerous and used more often so therefore these were placed in the lower trays "Lower Case" and the Capitols used less seldom were placed up out of the way in the Upper Case.
All three of the kids stepped up and made themselves handy doing all the various facets of running the press. We have a copy of a notice stating that after more than 300 years the Catholic cathedral after being newly rebuilt will be dedicated on September 30th 2009.

Young Engineers
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, Omarsea HomeSchool

In working with geometric shapes and angles we happened across some of the more interesting applications to our intro to Algebra. Quickly concieving the notion that hands on migh work better than paper and pencile we moved from the drawing board right to the workshop and dragged out the old connects for this project.
Balancing equations can be pretty dull stuff in the classroom even in homeschool so we decided to build a catapult to measure the F=MA equation I gave the kids. Granted the force was pretty subjective as you had to pull the lever back to a given mark on the machine. But it worked suficiently well enough to get the essage across. We were looking at how far a catapult would send objects of differing mass flying across the boat. This worked out much better than I expected as we could set the catapult up with fairly consistent results for a given object and really see how the heavy objects did not go as far as their lighter counterparts.
Then it became all about range and angles to make the objects fly farther. We had accidentaly begun the physics of trajectory and rocket science. The boys played with this for over 3 hours that morning taking measurements and recording their findings to later graph them and show Jean and I.

ST Mary's Anchorage
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, Horseshoe Cove

Cruising up the Bay we found that there are too many places to explore so we chose a few we had heard about and never visited when we lived here BK (Before Kids). St mary's is a well protected area with excellent holding and good breezes to keep you cool. The College maintains a dock that visiting Yachtsman can tie their dinghy's to for free and explore the grounds and the historic St Mary's site.
Entering from the Bay you will find the water deep (23' at it's lowest) and the river wide. Numerous mansions line the water with long flowing green lawns. We found it to be a place numerous boats come foro the weekend though Horseshoe bay is so huge that there is no crowding here.
St Mary's itself is quiet safe and very relaxing. We had many a good nights sleep here without worries of anchor dragging or the sounds of civilization.

Tornado Ahead
Extremly Hazardous
07/14/2009, Annapolis MD

An hour after arriving in Annapolis we were beset by strong thunderstorms comming up out of the West. The hook was set well just off the Naval Academy and we were busy getting dinner ready when I happened to look up and see a huge funnel cloud forming immediately off the bow. This ring of dark fast moving clouds was turning counter clockwise at scary fast pace and as Jean and I watched it intensified. The sky began to turn an ugly green black color and the wind lept from a gentle breeze to well over 35 kts shutting down our wind generator. I told Jean to get below and keep the kids low, that I would be right after her and to try and stay away from the galley with the loose pots and can goods. As she turned to go below the funnel dropped suddenly toward the boat some 1500 feet. The winds increased and we began to get big drops of rain. Just as the cloud edged over the water it disintegrated as quickly as it had formed. We estimated it had been nearly a mile in diameter. It was a very close call.

Annapolis
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, Maryland

We travelled to Annapolis to get some work done on the boat. While there we had a number of wild adventures. But more on those to come.
We first anchored out off the main harbor. Cruisers with boats longer than 48' will need to anchor as the mooring field caters to smaller vessels.
For homeschool today we visited the Maryland State house home of the General Assembly and the site where George Washington gave is famous retirement speach as he stepped down as leader of the Colonial forces. The capitol was designed in Baroque style with two circles and a radiating fan of streets. One circle for the King the statehouse and the other for God with Church circle. It seems that separating the state from the church has been around much longer than most people I know fully realize. The downtown area here oozes history and the nearby Naval Achademy is a great tour.

Having a Bad Day?
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, St Mary's State house

Part of the historic site is this set of stocks and whipping post outside the State House. We can't remember what Jean did wrong but she seems to enjoy the punishment.

Maryland Dove
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, St Mary's MD

One of the oldest settlements in Maryland, St Mary's is a great cruising destination. St Mary's today is not much bigger than it was 300 years ago. The State has recreated life in the 1600's with numerous buildings, plantations, the original State house and a newly opening Catholic church. Maryland founded by the Baltimores and the Calverts was an early experiment in freedom of religion. Here all faiths were alowed to practice thier beliefs for nearly a hundred years untill the king of England declared that all Catholics in the colony could no longer attend organized mass.
This ship the Dove is a replica of one of two ships that arrived in the early 1600's and made numerous passages between the new world and England. The crew speaking old English instructed the visitors in the fine art of loading and firing a swivel gun.

Blue Water Sailing
06/16/2009




Cape Hatteras Graveyard of the Atlantic!
Scott Trefethen
05/30/2009, North Carolina

After three weeks of visiting friends in Wilmington we found our weather window to round Cape Hatteras. Most sailors avoid these waters like the plague. Thousands of ships have been lost here over the past few hundred years. See this site for details www.coastalguide.com/helmsman/shipwrecks-graveyard.shtml
In preparing for our trip we consulted the Navy weather site https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/public/ This site provided us with a three day window to make the passage. I wanted 48 hours to make the trip and an extra 24 hours just in case the low pressure system slated to come over the coast arrived early. We hit the window spot on. With a windshift in our favor at Cape lookout and again at Diamond Shoals. Thanks to the excellent forcasting by the above site we were able to arrive ahead of shedule and had excellent seas and weather.

Wrightsville Beach
Scott Trefethen
05/30/2009, North Carolina

We were only able to spend a single evening here at Wrightsville Beach. It is here I mispent a few years of my youth learning to sail and explore the islands and waterways. The Anchorage has great holding for the visiting cruiser but I have to say that the locals are very unfriendly boaters. Ski and small fishing boats pass very close with large wakes all day and evening on Banks chanel. What should be a world class stop for the cruising sailor in America is spoiled by the apperant shortsightedness of the town council in not establishing better no wake zones in the anchorage. And yet the beach is not to be missed. There is easy access to boating supply stores and groceries. We were there with a dozen other boats waiting for a window to open in the weather to head North. We did not have to wait long. Early Tuesday morning we were off for cape Hatteras.

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