Friday, September 23, 2011

Baltimore to South River, MD

This morning when we woke up it was raining so we decided “why stick around here when we could be putting on the miles?” So up went the enclosure and away we went.
Baltimore is an interesting place with many marinas and very different ethnic neighbourhoods. Our original plan was to just run down under the Bay Bridges that connect Annapolis with the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve been OVER that bridge many times over the years but this was the first time we ever passed UNDER the bridges.

Man they’re a peace of engineering. Take a look at all this steel. One bridge is used for each direction of travel.

The bridges are 5 miles long and have a vertical clearance of 163 feet in the main shipping lane. That’s about 15 feet higher than the bridges in Halifax. This is a massive structure.

Annapolis is the capitol of Maryland and is the mecca of the yachting community. As we were only about 3 hours into our days run we decided to bypass Annapolis and run a further 10 miles south to a beautiful river called South River.

Here’s a quick fact for you about the Triton Light in Annapolis:
There is no mistaking the intersection of the Severn River and Spa Creek, near Annapolis Harbour at the US Naval Academy-extensive dormitories, football fields, the long seawall and perhaps most notably, Triton Light. An important navigation beacon for cruisers, the light also holds special meaning for the “midshipmen” past and present.
The light is mounted atop a green/aqua triangular cylindrical pedestal on a concrete base. Triton light flashes a unique 4+5 pattern every 30 seconds.
The light was donated to the Academy, named after the Greek god by the Class of 1945 and was first lit in 1959. Shortly after Triton Light was installed on the Yard, the nuclear powered submarine USS Triton completed a historic submerged circumnavigation. Noting the shared name, the Triton’s crew collected samples of water from 22 seas through which the boat had passed. Those waters now fill the globe held inside the light.
(taken from an information pamphlet on the US Naval Academy).

At the entrance to the South River, we passed our first very unique Chesapeake Bay lighthouse, now fully automated, but none the less standing proudly as a navigation mark.

Once inside the river we found an absolutely gorgeous little creek called Harness Creek. It’s an extremely well protected anchorage from any weather up this 1 mile creek which maintains a depth of 10 feet throughout. That’s where we are tonight.

The water is warm and I had a great swim after supper. Oh Yeah…… my turn to cook tonight.

In the morning we’re heading 50 miles further down to Solomon’s Island where we hauled out our last boat “ECLIPSE” to transport her home to Dartmouth.

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