North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, Golfito to Victoria, BC and home

10 June 2019 | Friday Harbor, WA
06 June 2019 | Nanaimo, BC, Canada
20 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
19 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
18 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
14 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
10 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
07 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
04 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
02 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
23 April 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
23 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
22 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
18 April 2019 | Puerto Armuelles, Panama
16 April 2019 | Isla Coliba, Panama
10 April 2019 | La Playita Marina, Panama
04 April 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
27 March 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
26 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
24 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage

Another Fort: Castillo San Cristobal

25 February 2019 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
George Stonecliffe
Today, after some boat projects, we toured another fort in San Juan called Castillo San Cristobal. The massive structures of this Spanish Fort were impenetrable when the British tried two different times through the years. San Juan, and Puerto Rico were a highly desired location with a safe harbor and plenty of fresh water. It was located on a direct route from Europe to Central America where all the gold and silver was being mined and delivered to the Spanish King and Queen. Even for the United States during WWII, Puerto Rico was a critical location for spotting German U-boat activity threatening the approaches to the Panama Canal. 50,000 US military personnel were staged on Puerto Rico during the war! An interesting highlight was the fort dungeons. Behind some encased glass on the dungeon walls were some writing and pictures drawn by prisoners. Notice the galleons scrawled by one of the Captains held before his execution!
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Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Float Plan: July 1, 2017 Leave Portland, OR; head south along US West Coast; leave San Diego 10/29/17 with Baja Ha-ha Rally; go through Panama Canal 3/2018; Florida 6/2018; NYC and Rhode Island 7/2018; Chesapeake Bay 9/2018; Caribbean 12/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; home 6/2019
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