American History 101… or waiting out bad weather

We’ve made some progress south, but Mother Nature put the brakes on us for a few days.  We have spent the last three days in Deltaville, VA with howling wind and cold temperatures (getting colder according to the forecast).  So what do you do, when you can’t sail south, you rent a car and head to Colonial Williamsburg and the Jamestown Settlement.

Clearly Savy on the left was not happy about being locked up…

This picture was taken on the Susan Constant, the ship that brought the original Jamestown Colonists from England.  We did not go crazy with pictures, but this ship was small – less than 120 ft, and she carried 71 people on a 6 month trip across the Atlantic. The helmsmen steered the ship from below without a window, and instructions were shouted down to him.  Standing on the dock, next to that ship, it was hard to imagine looking at her in England, and voluntarily getting on her to cross the Atlantic.  

The adjustment to life aboard continues.  It is amazing how much you take for granted about routine, but then again, this whole trip is about challenging those routines, and the status quo.  We’ve had great meals on the boat, ranging from turkey meatloaf and sweet potatoes to a sausage tortellini soup.  We re-provisioned, and we’ve sampled some local fare, including our favorite, Pimento Cheese Dip (for the record, it did not compare to the Nashville version).  I’m not sure that ‘schooling’ has hit a routine yet, but the content and progress is definitely happening.  Be sure to check out Tali’s blog which she just started.  Seeing this experience through a child’s eyes can help you see things you may have missed…  Click here for a direct link.

On the boat side of things, we had our first issue, which we addressed today.  The challenge with the timeline is that the boat has not really had a ‘shakedown’ cruise.  These first two legs 8 hours to Solomon’s Island and 10 hours to Deltaville were the most the boat’s engine has been used in over two years.  Diesel engines are great, when they are used… when they are not, things start to get rotten – so the seal on our raw water pump started leaking oil.  Not a lot, but that particular leak is an indication of a problem, better preventative maintenance, then getting stuck, causing damage, and getting towed in.  Also, as you start repairing things, you see how the boat was maintained (it always looks great when you put it up for sale) – in this case, there may be a few lurking gremlins.

The weather is still a little iffy tomorrow, but definitely improving.  We have a bit of ‘slip fever’ and need to get out, so hopefully we’ll be able to continue south tomorrow with a favorable breeze and calmer seas. 

3 thoughts on “American History 101… or waiting out bad weather

  1. Rich says:

    This is great! I wish my schooling was as much as you’ll all have. Your journey is going to be so exciting that even your destination is going to be jealous! Savvy, love that girl! I bet she wouldn’t even give me a hug if I promised to free her!

    Irv Heller said “Sailing – The fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while being cold, wet and miserable”. While the first two parts of his point are accurate (3 F’s Chris!) and a welcome part of your journey, I’m hoping you can get to warmer weather soon my friends… Love you


  2. Jennifer Blanchard says:

    I couldn’t figure out how to comment on Tal’s post, please tell her I love it! And can’t wait to read more. Love and kisses to all!


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