SS United States

After passing through the C & D Canal into Delaware Bay we anchored for the night, lovely quiet place with no movement at all.

The next day we continued up the Delaware. At the entrance to Philadelphia we passed the SS United States. A very famous liner in her day and still the holder of the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic crossing by a passenger liner.

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BYO

Leaving Annapolis we cruised up to the top of Chesapeake Bay. At one point we kept being buzzed by an Osprey. It was very close at times and it had a medium sized fish. We could only guess that we had passed close to the nest and were being chased off.

Later Lois went out on the boat deck and found fish scales and gooey bits on deck. Looking up we see:

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The cheeky devil was using us as a picnic table.

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Chesapeake Bay

It wasn’t part of the plan to go anywhere near the Bay but we did, leaving Portsmouth we first spent two days at anchor off Deltaville and then cruised up to Annapolis. Annapolis is mostly known for the US Naval Academy but has a rich history including time as the temporary US Capital.

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One item that was new to me was that Alex Haley did the research for and wrote the book ‘Roots’ in Annapolis.

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Mile 0

Portsmouth is mile 0 on the ICW and we won’t be using it to the north. Too shallow and bridges too low. Here are some photos that I have not put up yet to show more of this neat system. All looked after by the US Army Engineers.

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If you look at the boat above you will see the brown stain on the bow caused by the ICW water, known as the ICW moustache. We didn’t get one luckily – not long enough in the system.

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Lighthouse

As a child we lived in a seaside town and I used to complain about the lighthouse shining through the window, I thought that was a problem:

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best thing to do would be install solar panels and never pay for electricity again.