Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Heading past the Potomac

Those big winds are still forecast for tomorrow, so we are heading past the Potomac River before its water gets that news. 

Crossing the mouth of the Potomac is one of our least favorite things about sailing because the tide and current are frequently not in agreement. Add 20-30 knot wind and you can find you and your boat in a frightening washing machine of churning water. It has happened to us more than once when NOAA has been wrong.

A Coast Guard boat was among the 1800 ships that met their demise on the Chesapeake. In 1978, their cutter Cuyahoga (later resume as an artificial reef) was near the mouth of the Potomac when a coal freighter slammed into it. She quickly sank and 11 lost their lives.

Probably not a good thing to post as we near the site. And Captain Pete is reading Shomette's "Shipwrcks on the Chesapeake" at the moment. But then I read "The Perfect Storm" on our first cruise in 1999. 

After nine long hours and seas that got livelier as the day progressed, we just anchored in Mill Creek, the one near Reedville. It seems that most mills in early America were on creeks!

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