• MS Harborfest Tugboat Races 2019
    August 18, 2019

    MS Harborfest Tugboat Races 2019

    I was lucky enough to be aboard the Roderick McAllister captained by Sarah Kaplan on Sunday for the annual MS Harborfest Tugboat Races in Portland, Maine. It was a wonderful day, and a fun event for a great cause. Here are some shots of the action and a short video.Read More

  • Eastport's rebuilt downtown breakwater. There is also an industrial terminal at South End. Photo by Scott Snell, Blount Small Ship Adventures
    July 29, 2019

    Rowing Friar Roads

    My fisherman ancestors were Campobello neighbors of Franklin D. Roosevelt overlooking Friar Roads, the open stretch of water between that island and Eastport, Maine. This day I’ll circle it in a dinghy and dust off my memory bank.

  • The antique steel railroad bridge (above), and a pretty little harbor in the lee of Wickets Island (below).
    July 29, 2019

    Charming the snake

    The Cape Cod Canal separates the Cape peninsula from the mainland in serpentine fashion, and, as with the notorious reptile of Eden, transit requires numerous encounters with tidal temptation.

  • Looking west from the float at Carousel Marina. The marina's owner is an old highschool chum of the author. Photo by Joel Gleason
    July 29, 2019

    ‘Now this is Downeast cruising’

    Part 1: Glorious sunshine, water glinting like diamonds, spruces above granite-shored islands, a lobsterman’s windshield flashing in the sun. This is what we dream about on dreary February days.

  • Martha’s Vineyard ports-of-call
    June 21, 2019

    Martha’s Vineyard ports-of-call

    I’ve explored five Martha’s Vineyard harbors – Menemsha, Lake Tashmoo, Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown – and each seems to delight visiting cruisers in its own special way

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