August 26, 2008

Dusting Off

A detail of the hull of the American Pride, 2008.

Himself: Silent at the office. I think that’s good.

Herself: Got a lot of every day stuff done. Biked.

Food: Did ok….but just ok. Did WW grocery shopping. That was very good.

OD Friends: Please keep OD friends Marion B, Dave Dog (who has let his walker go), and ThomaS in your thoughts. Thank you.
Monday’s in retirement are spent doing house tidy and mind tidy things. You know, I’m sure you do it too.

I made the bed then sat at the computer and sorted tall ship pictures for a while. Played with one or two in Photoshop also. I washed the dishes…..or the dishwasher did, and I answered the email. As I would move through a room, small things would get done. I’d pick up this, or that, and put it where it belongs. I’d sit reading, and look up to say thank you. I say thank you a lot. Often now. Gratitude, like meditation, helps keep me balanced.

Then I pick up something else and neaten that too.

Festival of Sail

American Pride, stern.
The American Pride was built in 1941 as a fishing boat for the Grand Banks and the Georgia Banks trade. After two other names and a major refit that added a mast, in 1996, she was purchased by The American Heritage Marine Institute, and sailed through the canal to become a charter in Long Beach California. We did not get aboard her as she was getting ready to load passengers and go out to battle with her cannon.

Top: Bowsprit repairs, Lynx.

The Lynx, 122’, is a “Modern interpretation of a privateer that sailed on the east coast during the war of 1812.” She is considered an outstanding example of the Baltimore Clipper Schooner popular during the 19th century. Homeport: Portsmouth, NH.

Top: The Californian mast detail.

The Californian was built on Spanish Landing in San Diego, in 1984. She is a replica of the 1847 Revenue Cutter the C. W. Lawrence. The Revenue Cutters patrolled the California coastline during the Gold Rush, and they were precursors to the Coast Guard. The Californian is the official tall ship of the state of California, and his home ported in San Diego.

The Passport from the Festival of Sail says that “...the Irving Johnson is one of a pair of twin brigantines that are state of the art sail training vessels for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s TopSail Youth Program.” She was built in 2003, and are named after sail training pioneers Irving and Electra Johnson.

Top: Irving Johnson, looking to the bow.


American Pride

Privateer Lynx: The beginnings.

Lynx: America’s Privateer


The Brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson

Tall Ship Irving Johnson goes aground: Photo page

1 comment:

  1. There is different forms of luxury. It is good to know that, in retirement, you have at least the luxury of time. Your post dips in it.


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