Adventures of Calypso

06 August 2013 | Somesville, Mt. Desert
04 August 2013 | Eggemoggin Reach
03 August 2013 | Benjamin River
02 August 2013 | Castine
01 August 2013 | Castine
20 July 2013 | Pulpit Harbor
18 July 2013 | Camden
17 July 2013 | North Haven
16 July 2013 | Winter Harbor, Vinalhaven
14 July 2013 | Pulpit Harbor
13 July 2013 | Rockland, ME
12 July 2013 | Rockland, ME
08 July 2013 | Rockland, ME
07 July 2013 | Harbor Island, Muscongus Bay
06 July 2013 | Pemaquid Harbor
05 July 2013 | Snow Island, Casco Bay
04 July 2013 | Snow Island, Casco Bay
25 July 2012 | Home again
24 July 2012
24 July 2012 | Boothbay

And a figure emerged from the shadows cradling a shotgun

03 January 2011 | Royal Island
Sunny, 70, flat calm
In 1978, back in the heyday of drug smuggling in the Bahamas, we stopped at Royal Island and went ashore for a walk at an abandoned homestead. We sat on a limestone wall and posed for what became a favorite picture taken by our friend Rex. As we were enjoying the flowers and colors, we became aware of a man in the shade holding a shotgun. We put one and one together and did a smooth about face.

The sensational drug smuggling is gone. Alex, Meggie and I found the limestone wall at Royal this afternoon. Little remains of the grand old house that was the centerpiece of the harbor at Royal Island in the fifties.

Now a different kind of wild speculation has overcome Royal Island. The real estate excesses of the decade past conspired to carve Royal Island up into half acre lots, and went bankrupt trying to do it. The current primary feature of the harbor is a semi- abandoned construction depot with trailers and heavy equipment. While the harbor would be a good place to wait out a blow from any direction, there is little else to recommend this anchorage. We should have stopped at the beautiful sandy beach at the tip of Egg Island.

Alex did spear two lionfish, a beautiful but invasive fish with poisonous spines. Turns out they are edible and tasty when thoroughly dead!
Vessel Name: Calypso
Vessel Make/Model: Gulfstar 50 ketch
Hailing Port: New Castle, NH
Crew: Jonathan and Christine

Who: Jonathan and Christine
Port: New Castle, NH