Dagny's Winter Cruise

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Historic Shelburne

16 July 2023
Allan Gray
Although we had elected to spend two days in Shelburne we barely scratched the surface of this historic sea faring port. The waterfront area is dotted with beautifully restored buildings that among other things house a shipbuilding museum and a wooden barrel making factory. Shelburne was a a major supply stop for the fishing fleets heading up and down the coast. The local ship builders had developed a method to rapidly produce extremely popular and robust dorys that were in high demand for years. Unfortunately our timing wasn't the best and we couldn't get to visit the museum and give it the time it deserved so we'll just have to come back. However, we did get a chance to stroll around and admire the beautifully restored cedar shake homes and paid a visit to the rather sobering Lost Fisherman Memorial.

I had to take time out from playing tourist and play mechanic for a few hours. With all the motoring we had been doing the Westerbeke
was in need of an oil change. So while Bev did the standard trip to the laundromat I serviced the engine and made sure things were in good shape.

In celebration of our finally making it to Nova Scotia with Whitebird we decided that we deserved a nice dinner out, after all we've been trying to get here since 2020. Obviously a good seafood meal was in order so we headed out to the highly recommended Charlotte's Kitchen. Nothing beats a great meal with great friends to celebrate a special occasion.

Although we could have easily stayed a couple of more days there a so many places to see we felt we should get moving. Because we spend so much time sitting during passages it's important to get exercise whenever possible. With that goal in mind we hauled the anchor and set sail for McNutt Island, a mere 9 miles away at the mouth of Shelburne Bay. The island is home to the Cape Roseway Lighthouse which we wanted to visit. Although the wind was on the nose we had a great sail tacking back and forth, arriving off the old supply pier by mid afternoon. The 5.5 km. roadway that lead across the island provided an easy route to follow as we wandered through the dense forest. The guide book said that besides the lighthouse there's an old WW 2 gun battery over looking the ocean which we were keen to check out. However, as we have quickly learned the fog can roll in at a moment's notice and just as we got to within a couple yards of the lighthouse it disappeared in the fog. As we watched a few deer head for the hills we figured it was time to head back and call it a day.

Today's picture is of one of the main buildings in Shelburne.

Vessel Name: Dagny
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 402
Hailing Port: South Lancaster On
Crew: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
About: Allan is a retired Montreal Air Traffic Controller and Bev is a retired Elementary School Principal.
Extra: After many years of local cruising and Etchells racing we are living our dream of sailing to the Bahamas. Allan enjoys golfing, cycling and skiing. Bev is an active cyclist, runner, aerobics participant and cross country skier.

Who: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
Port: South Lancaster On