We just came in this morning from our annual adventure across the border to New Brunswick in Canada. Christa the mate took this sunset picture from Lubec the second day out. We saw whales five days running while we were down east and fog parts of two days coming west on the way home.
It's pretty exciting anchoring in new harbours and meeting friendly and enthusiastic people ashore.
Here are some samples of what we saw.
"Charley had a herring weir down to Bailey's Bight"
Look closely and you'll see an active herring weir off Nancy Head, east side of Campobello.
We just missed the sardine carrier that had been alongside the weir but we caught up with her at Grand Manan.
The Capelco, like most of the surviving carriers, has been fiberglassed.
At anchor in Lubec with Mulholland Point Light in the distance
Name the moth and I'll send you a hat
Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan.
There was a waterfall running off the cliffs at Whale Cove, just north of Swallowtail.
This is what happens when the government limits the length of a fishing boat
Rowing back to the schooner at North Head
Getting underway for
Letite Passage, Passamaquoddy Bay, and Hardwood Island
video courtesy of Sarah Collins
Three finback whales came over to see what was in the water moving with no engine noise.
One whale seems to have a sinus infection
Asher and others out for a sail in Cappy at Hardwood Island.
Warmest water for swimming of the whole cruise.
Sarah's deer in Eastport
We toured Eastport in a 1949 woody power wagon, visited a cool tree house,
sampled the local mustard, went out to dinner, caught 16 tinker mackerel
and loaded 400 pounds of ice.
We took a long tack out to Machias Seal Island and saw a couple hundred puffins up close.
During the trip we also saw gannets, shearwaters, bald eagles, and razor billed auks.
Next anchorage was Roque Island and a walk on part of the beach for some
Moose Peak Light on Mistake Island off Jonesport on the way home.
Back home after ten days and 400 miles.
Four of this group had not been on a windjammer before; six had been to Canada on the
before, one going back twenty years.