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First Taste of Lake Chop on a Day of Connections

Position: Alongside Buffalo Erie Canal Harbor Wx: WSW F 6, Mostly Sunny Arriving in Buffalo, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II is serving as a lynchpin for a number of connections. First off, in this 199th year since the War of 1812, we bring the East Coast story of the Baltimore Privateers, their successes haranguing British commerce and ultimately their role in…

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326 Ft. Climb

28 June 2011 Position: Alongside West Street Wharf, Port Colbourne, Ontario Wx: WSW F 3-4 Partly Cloudy and Warm Pride of Baltimore II has made it up Niagara Falls…Sort of…By using the eight locks of the Welland Canal, the ship has “climbed” 326 feet today, and bridged the gap between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. A fitting event for my…

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A Great Weekend in Rochester

DATE: SUNDAY JUNE 26, 2011 LOCATION: ROCHESTER, NEW YORK CHANGE OF COMMAND BETWEEN CAPTAINS MILES & TROST Rochester has proven to be a very busy port. The usual set up of the ship takes crew several hours rearranging the ship from voyaging mode to port festival mode. This involves a myriad of activities: re-stowing emergency gear (designed to be available…

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Nearing Rochester…On Time!

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 TIME: 1430 EDT POSITION: CROSSOVER ISLAND WEATHER: STEADY DRIZZLE & LIGHT NORTHEAST WINDS PRIDE II is now negotiating the 1000 Islands of the Upper St. Lawrence River. The challenge of catching up three lost days of transit out of a planned total of ten seems to be met. The plan is to arrive off Rochester…

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Playing the Game of "Catch Up"

DATE: FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2011 TIME: 1300 ATLANTIC DAYLIGHT TIME = 1200 EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME POSITION: NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT BETWEEN CAPE BRETON ISLAND AND EAST END OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. WEATHER: FLAT CALM, SUNNY, PLEASENTLY DRY & WARM We are making a stab at catching up with the original itinerary from Lunenburg towards Rochester, New York. We are three days behind…

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A Break in the Weather

Thursday, June 16, 2011 PRIDE II…finally able to depart Lunenburg bound for Rochester, New York. For three days PRIDE II has been weathering out contrary weather on the Atlantic shore of Nova Scotia. But it looks now like the weather is changing and PRIDE II will be able to depart early Thursday for her destination of Rochester, New York. So…what has been this…

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Waiting Out Weather in Lunenburg

DATE: MONDAY JUNE 13, 2011 POSITION: LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA  The weather outside is contrary for where we want to go…but the conditions in Lunenburg are friendly. Lunenburg is very well known worldwide as being a multi-century fishing port and the home of the fastest cod fishing schooners of all of North America. As nice and friendly as Lunenburg is…

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Closing in on Lunenburg, NS

DATE: FRIDAY JUNE 10, 2011 TIME: 1300 EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME/1400 NOVA SCOTIA TIME POSITION: MOTORING PAST LIVERPOOL, NOVA SCOTIA PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II is about 5-6 hours away from Lunenburg motoring along in light and contrary conditions. We have been motoring since yesterday around mid afternoon with nearly calm wind. This light and variable weather reality presents the option of…

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Boston to Lunenburg ~ Ocean Sailing

DATE: JUNE 9, 2011 TIME: 1000 HOURS EDT POSITION: 42d 54m NORTH X 68d 15m WEST, OR NEAR MID-GULF OF MAINE WEATHER: WNW’rly 15-20 KNOTS, HIGH ALTITUDE CLOUDS SEA STATE: 2-3 FEET WITH 5 FOOT GROUND SWELL SPEED: 7 KNOTS HEADING: 085 MAGNETIC SAILS SET: ALL SAIL (MAIN, FORE, STAYSAIL, JIB, JIB-TOP, FORETOP, MAINTOP) TRIM: BROAD REACHING ON A PORT…

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Boston and the War of 1812

The War of 1812 did not play out in Boston the way it did in Baltimore. Boston was never directly bombarded due to Fort Independence, which guarded Boston from marine invasion, and possibly the fact Boston was not building a type of vessel that was causing the British fits like the Baltimore Schooner did that caused the British to be interested…

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