Captain’s Log – PRIDE is Back!

October 6, 2016

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2016

Position: At anchor south of Rock Hall, Eastern Shore, MD

The day before returning to Baltimore from a busy 2016 Campaign in the Great Lakes.

We got ahead of schedule again. Had a smooth ride under engine power all the way to Delaware Bay. Thence, up it in the dark of night, followed by the C&D Canal to a quick anchorage near Arnold Point up at the head of the Chesapeake Bay around 3:30 AM Tuesday morning.

Not having any sailing weather from New Bedford, and having smooth seas out in the Atlantic, meant no significant demands upon the crew. Instead plenty of rest. If over rested, lots of reading and even some board games or card games just ahead of supper.

With pleasant, dry weather in the program yesterday, plus a north-northeast breeze of some strength, the crew hauled back the anchor after breakfast and set the square-topsail so Pride could glide serenely downward, southward in the Chesapeake Bay. With no other sails to fuss with, the dry weather, and knowing we would be anchored for the night, all hands turned to maintenance with a will. ‘Want to have Pride looking good’ for her celebratory arrival home after some 7,500 nautical miles and 121 days from her June 7 departure to her return home tomorrow, October 6. Hmm…an overall average of 62 nautical miles per day. Must have made some decent speed during those transit days, huh?

Sailed right up to her Tuesday night anchorage on the Eastern Shore, south of Rock Hall. Had to set the foresail and forestaysail to make sailing to anchor feasible. Needed some fore&aft sail to assist the square-sail to get to windward. A quiet night at anchor with a full night’s rest and today was more maintenance. Finished the projects started. Tomorrow is The Day of Arrival. Some cleaning to do ahead of actual entry and picking up some VIPs for the parade and cannon salutes into the Inner Harbor.

All work and no play, maybe someone is thinking? Not quite. Last night was one of the occasional movie nights. A great night for it as well, being as the ship was safely at anchor in very benign conditions. But also because it was an opportunity to introduce the ship’s youngest crew member to a coming of age experience. Gray turned 20 years yesterday. Ship’s Cook, Phil, baked a cake with chocolate icing and best wishes written on top and 20 colorful flame candles. Some of the musically inclined assisted birthday singing with violin and penny whistle.

Happy Birthday Gray!

And Pride is back!


Captain Jan C. Miles

  1. Comments 4

  2. Barb 11:41 am on October 6, 2016

    Welcome back! Do you know what time you will sail past Ft. McHenry today? We'd love to see you in action!

  3. Jacqueline and Les Murphy 9:36 am on October 7, 2016

    Congratulations Captain Jan Miles. You and your crew made it safely back to Baltimore after sailing so many miles. Les and I (Jacqueline) feel very privileged to have met you and Phil and the crew. Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy the much deserved celebrations, it was very clear to us that you are a man who cares about the Pride and the crew.

  4. Rob Bass 11:25 am on October 7, 2016

    Welcome home! It's been fun following your adventures this summer. The AIS tracking is great. I sailed aboard the Pride in 2014 from Chestertown to Baltimore under Capt. Jamie Trost. It was a great experience! I hope I can sail aboard the Pride again in the near future. I love bringing out of town guest aboard during your short sails on the Patapsco. Jamie once let me tack the ship several time during on of the 1812 celebrations. each time we passed Ft. McHenry we fired the cannon. My friends are still talking about that day. It was a highlight for me too.

  5. Sumner Hushing 8:28 pm on October 12, 2016

    Welcome home, and congratulations on the safely executed long journey! My brother-in-law and I were in Baltimore for just a few hours on Monday morning, on our way to the airport to return home, after a four day East Coast visit. We walked the boardwalk at Inner Harbor, and ventured aboard Pride II for a short chat with one of your crew members. Our visit and conversation with her reawakened my love of sailing in just those few minutes. One thing I miss about the years I lived in San Diego, was all the sailing I did - crewing, teaching, racing, and daysailing. Thanks so very much for taking the time to talk with us, about the ship and her recent activities, and some of the everyday mundane stuff. I was so happy to have that experience. Wishing you all safe and fantastic travels!

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