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Whale Ahead
Richard
Sun Jul 3 10:02:00 EDT 2011, Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada

Barely visible in this picture (the black dot), is a whale. We have seen a lot of whales in the Gulf of St Lawrence. They are not so easy to take pictures of.

We spent 10 days in Rimouski, Quebec, doing maintenance (mostly replacing hydraulic pressure hoses, keel bolts and fuel hoses). Rimouski is a small, pleasant city of about 40,000 people. As its port is used by yachts, a fishing fleet and cargo ships, and it has the only marine college in Quebec, it is a good place to work on boats.

AM's time off finished so he got off the boat in Tadoussac, Quebec. Ryan joined the crew in Rimouski.

Creek
Richard
Sat Jul 2 10:02:00 EDT 2011, Godbout, Quebec

Looking up the creek.

Godbout Church
Richard
Fri Jul 1 10:02:00 EDT 2011, Godbout, Quebec

We anchored off the village of Godbout one night. At one time, they had a pulp and paper mill here, now it is a small, scenic spot where the ferry comes from across the river (St Lawrence).

Dried Out
Richard
Thu Jun 30 10:02:00 EDT 2011, St Lawrence River, Quebec

Tides are very useful. We used the tides to put Issuma on the beach in the lower St Lawrence River to remove some barnacles that were clogging the seawater intake valve. The anchor is out so we can use it to pull the boat off the beach when the tide comes back in.

Fri Jul 1 16:12:09 EDT 2011 | terry
richard .... you have swing keel ... how does it work ... ok?
Sun Jul 3 16:25:29 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Terry, the swing keel works well. Because it must be locked down when sailing (so in case the boat heels it cannot swing up), and there are pads to screw in to hold it in place laterally, it is a fair amount of work to raise or lower it, and one always needs to pay attention to where it is and if it is locked or not. That said, the lifting keel is really handy to allow getting into shallow places, and makes it much easier to enter places for which one doesn't have good charts.
St Lawrence River
Richard
Wed Jun 29 18:00:00 EDT 2011, St Lawrence River, Quebec

Federal Oshima passes us with the pretty hills of the St Lawrence in the background.

Thu Jun 30 19:51:39 EDT 2011 | terry
CANADA DAY ...... YAHOOOOOO
St Lawrence River
Richard
Wed Jun 29 10:02:00 EDT 2011

Issuma at anchor in the lower St Lawrence River. Fog, as seen in the background, is more common closer to the coast.

St Lawrence River
Richard
Wed Jun 29 10:02:00 EDT 2011

Issuma at anchor in the lower St Lawrence River. Fog, as seen in the background, is more common closer to the coast.

Bridges
Richard
Wed Jun 29 6:10:11 EDT 2011, Quebec City, QC, Canada

AM steering past the bridges at Quebec City. We spent a couple of days in Quebec City.

Unusual Cargo
Richard
Wed Jun 29 0:00:00 EDT 2011, St Lawrence River, Quebec

The Rosaire A. Desgagnes, loaded with some interesting-looking cargo, passes.

Waterfall
Richard
Mon Jun 27 20:35:33 EDT 2011, St Lawrence River, Quebec


Tue Jun 28 9:35:59 EDT 2011 | AMos
Beautiful pictures, Richard. Were you in Montreal for long? How's Issuma faring? It looks like it has been a fairly easy passage so far, yes?
Wed Jun 29 6:02:12 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Amos. We sat out some weather just upstream of Montreal for a couple of days, then went right thru. I'm quite behind on the blog at present. Issuma is doing well.

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