Into the Chesapeake
14 April 2017 | Heathsville, VA
We decided to stay in Great Bridge another day to troubleshoot a problem with our inverter/battery charger and to avoid heading into Northeast winds in the Chesapeake. This morning dawned clear and totally calm as we left and headed through the Great Bridge Lock. We barely fit in the lock in the space left after a tug and monstrous barge entered ahead of us. The barge was over 60 feet wide; a few less than the width of the lock. Just as we passed the Naval Base in Norfolk later in the morning we passed close by the USS Gerald Ford (CVN 78), the Navy's newest aircraft carrier on its return from its first sea trials as it was being guided into its berth by tugs. The ship is 1100 feet long and displaces 100,000 tons - a fairly impressive sight with crew members lining the entire deck as it approached. We are anchored for the night in a nice open anchorage just south of Reedsville, VA and if weather permits tomorrow will head for Oxford, MD.