Monday, September 19, 2016

Harvest Moon over the Merrimack River 2016

Up river form the mouth of the Merrimack River is Deer Island which is in the middle of the river. Deer Island connects to the Amesbury side by the modern Hines Bridge and to the Newburyport side by the older Chain Bridge. The eastern half of the island is public land and has a parking lot. It is great place to watch sunrises or in this case the moon rise. It is also a good location for bird watch. Eagles can be seen during the winter months.

View from chain bridge

Harvest Moon Cruise boat

Friday, June 3, 2016

Privateer Lynx

The 122 foot long schooner Lynx, a replica of a War of 1812 privateer, sailed through the jetties on Thursday June 2 2016 enroute to Newburyport Harbor. The ship has a crew of 8 people. It is armed with 4 six-pound canons along with deck swivel guns. The ship will be open for tours this weekend.

A two minute video documenting the Lynx's arrival.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

El Galeon - On Board Tour

El Galeon was open for tours all of Memorial Day Weekend and drew large crowds. The self-guided tours were well organized and the information signs informative. Detail information on the Spanish galleons and their crews could be found on a series educational displays on the gundeck.

Galleons were well armed with brass and iron cannons. The cannons were need to protect the cargoes, immigrants, and soldiers traveling on board.

The case contains navigational instruments and an oil lamp

Sailors need to knowledgeable in ropes and knots.

Large block and tackle pulleys were need to raise the spars to hold the sails.

A sampling of the different types of pulleys and rigging used on the ship.

Views of admiral's quarters

One of officer's quarters

Saturday, May 28, 2016

El Galeon - Up Close


 El Galeon docked in Newburyport

 Close-up detail of the Captain's quarters deck rail.