"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." -- Kenneth Grahame
Yesterday afternoon Lachlan and I walked down to the Community Store...just to sit for a spell on the porch and chat with people. Ignatious was there (he's dyed his mohawk brunette), and various other people walked by. After a while Cyrus (Captain Rob's brother-in-law) came up on the porch. He was waiting for the Windfall to return to the dock with his seven year old son Elias and several other kids. He told me how much Elias enjoyed my Wednesday evening story of the rescue of six sailors from the wrecked three masted schooner Sarah D. J. Rawson in 1905.
Lachlan and I walked down on the dock when we spied the Windfall. I'll be sailing with Rob and his son Emmet in October in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. They wanted to show me their new brass cannon (an important complement on a racing schooner, especially for saluting other vessels during the parade of sails). In a few minutes we were pulling away from the dock, headed out into the sound.
We weren't gone long...just long enough to get far enough away from the village before firing the cannon. Emmet loaded the blank cartridge, we put our fingers in our ears, and he struck the firing pin. Ka-boom!
The cannon is not very big (you can hold it in the palms of your hands), but it carries a powerful punch. Lachlan was impressed!
"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter, Looking for the Wahabs of Ocracoke, was written by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082110.htm.