Friday, October 28, 2011

Map of the Voyage of Kona Kai

A preliminary map of the fall 2011 voyage of Kona Kai from Yarmouth, ME, to Beaufort, NC, Oct 17-27, 2011. Text and photos will follow as soon as they available. Please take your time, click into the map (or open in new window) and zoom in. At the blue markers you'll find valuable and detailed information about the trip.
For more incl. a nice aerial picture of Konai Ka, see ME2NC.
For more details about the whales on Stellwagen Bank in Massachussets Bay, please see the earlier entry Wonderful Whale Watching.

View "Konai Kai" Maine to North Carolina in a larger map


Roxie said...

Zoomed in and read all your! You saw the dramatic Northern Lights!

Diamond shoals - 14 miles out from Cape Hatteras...the Gulf Stream comes up the East Coast and angles out there to cross the Atlantic and flow up to Great Britain. That makes for the dangerous currents that created so many shipwrecks.

Can't wait to see your photos, and am relieved that you got back to land before the Nor'Easter arrived (dumping all this snow on NYC).

Bro said...

Thanks for keeping track of and making notes about our voyage.

A few comments:

- The harbor at Sandwich, MA ceased being a "harbor of refuge" in 1989, when the Town of Sandwich built a marina there (we tied up at one of the 24 slips available for transients). I'd call the marina "deceptively simple" because:
(a) Close by, Joe's Lobster & Fish Mart - which has its own boats, but sells only fillets to the public because lobstermen buy all the scraps to bait their traps - provided us not only with fresh haddock, but also with soft-shell clams (which we steamed a la mariniere, like mussels) and with smoked, peppered bluefish (which became fish salad for one of our lunches). Joe's 12-ft long tank of large, pale, chunky, lively crabs was a standout - I'll try to identify the creatures soon.
(b) Seafood Sam's restaurant - roughly across the road from Joe's - has a decent reputation (unlike Captain Scott's restaurant nearer the marina - the "Oktoberfest" place that was always closed when we tried to visit).
(c) Just a 20 min. walk away is an aptly-named Super Stop & Shop market, along with a wine/liquor store and a first-rate hardware store (Aubouchon).

- I'm pretty sure we came in third at the Chatham Squire trivia contest because of a strategic error in the final round: We had 85 points; our closest competitors had, respectively, 78 and 73 points; we bet 17 of our points that we could answer the last question correctly; and we answered it incorrectly, as did all but 2 of our 15 (?) competitors. So, we ended up with only 68 points. We would have done better, I think, if we had simply passed on the bet (minimizing our maximum possible regrets).

- Re the "graveyard of the Atlantic": The stretch of coast from Norfolk, VA south along most of the NC coast - i.e., along the Out Islands - bears that title because more than 1,000 ships have foundered there (thanks to the collision of the cold Labrador Current, coming down from the north, with the warm Gulf Stream, coming up from the south, as well as the extensive, shifting, sandy shoals). The outside - the east coast - of Cape Cod is sometimes called the graveyard of the Atlantic because it boasts some 450 wrecks. Sable Island, southeast of Nova Scotia, also claims the title but is a third-place finisher, with only about 350 wrecks. (Beaufort, NC makes much of the wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's flagship, but Cape Cod boasts the wreck of the Whydah, Black Sam Bellamy's ship. Of course, archaeologists have recovered lots more of the QAR wreck than of the Whydah wreck, which seems to have yielded little - if anything - more than the ship's bell.)

- Without having seen Gay Head light in its flaccid state, how can one say that it's "highly erected"?

Again, thanks for your diligence.