Cruising on Alexia

An informal update of our travels for Family and Friends

05 September 2013
27 June 2013
27 June 2013
27 June 2013
20 June 2013 | William wears kneepads to protect from the heat of the deck
17 June 2013 | Torrential rain for six hours
13 June 2013 | Herring Bay off Chesapeake Bay
08 June 2013 | Miles River, Maryland
08 June 2013 | Amelia at the helm with a helping hand from DAD
28 May 2013 | Just a short half mile journey across the River
27 May 2013 | Free dockage at the city marina
24 May 2013 | Narrow and shallow
24 May 2013 | Visitor Centre Dock
24 May 2013 | We're at the top
24 May 2013 | Going up
24 May 2013 | The gates close behind us

The Great Dismal Swamp

24 May 2013 | The gates close behind us
The refuge harbours a wide range of plant and animal species not found elsewhere
The great lock gates close behind us and the sun comes out. I don't think the two incidents were connected in any way but it certainly made an immediate difference to the day.

The Great Dismal Swamp is one of only two inshore routes by which cruisers can work their way north other than to fast-track on the offshore route. All about what we do is not seeing how many miles we can cover in a day but taking time to see places just like this.

It is a very special. A major National Wildlife Refuge in the region of 150,000 acres. Everything from black bears to mosquitos, giant white cedars to waterlilies. It's worth reading up on its history since its inception as a major logging transport channel in 1763.

Try just entering 'History of the Great Dismal Swamp' in your search engine and you'll be amazed at the return. If you have time look up Longfellow's 'The Slave in the Dismal Swamp' a moving poem of days gone by.
Vessel Name: Alexia
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 built in 1998. She's extremely comfortable aboard with two ensuite cabins. Endless useful equipment like microwave, bilge pump counter, bowthrusters, Mastervolt generator, air conditioning, 12v freezer,
Hailing Port: London, United Kingdom
Crew: William Spouse and Frances Rogers
About: William has been a competitive sailor most of his life and introduced Frances to the boating life 29 years ago. In that time they have chartered many sailboats in Europe and the Caribbean finally purchasing Alexia in 2007.