Or: "My Nautical Weekend"
The Lady Washington was in town to film a documentary for The Discovery (or History) Channel. (I contacted the extras casting agent, but was not selected.) Lady Washington was Intrepid in Pirates of the Caribbean. After filming, she stayed in Blaine harbour for a few days.
Yesterday a friend and I took a self-guided tour of the ship, then jumped in the zodiac for a trip out to Point Whitehorn. I thought my friend was going to fish, but instead he just hung out. In the meantime, I made my first solo dive. I’d imagined diving amongst the rocks offshore, but the water was too shallow for diving so we anchored out a little way. Turned out it was only 22 feet, but I just wanted to get underwater. I saw several dungeness crabs, many very small sole, and a rather large medusa. The vis was about 20 feet at first, but when the tide started coming in it deteriorated to about 8 feet very quickly. Since it was difficult to see, I decided to go topside after only 20 minutes and 1,000 psi.
Today I went back to Lady Washington for a three-hour tour. We cast off at 14:00 and motored out of the harbour into Semiahmoo Bay. After heading out for about an hour, the captain ordered the sails to be rigged. It was quite a long process. No doubt the sailors of old would have had it done in a fraction of the time. But the sails were set, and it was good to be under sail. We tacked toward Point Roberts for a bit (never got close to it) and then turned around. Several sailing and motor vessels came out for a look at this tall ship. Heading back to Blaine we were making about 2½ knots. That’s about what we were making while tacking, but it seemed slower because the wind was at our back.
As we approached the Semiahmoo Resort, we fired the deck cannon. Must have been a surprise for the wedding party on the shore.
My friend in Tennessee used to live in Aberdeen and Hoquiam, the Lady Washington’s home port, but she never visited the ship. She’s quite jealous of me. I bought her a sweatshirt and a nice card from the ship for her birthday present in November. I also bought a monkey’s fist choker, and I’m going to try to learn how to make them.
So I motored in the zodiac, dove in the ocean, and I sailed on “Johnny Depp’s” pirate ship. Too bad I didn’t take my little gaff-rigged dinghy out to round it all out.
All in all, a pretty good weekend.