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Lunenburg, NS

We are biding our time for departure watching a strong wind pattern. Looks like we will depart this evening. We will have company, the smaller 1812 War Chesapeake Bay privateer LYNX is here, headed to Oswego same as PRIDE is. Jamie Trost is her master…when he cannot work for us providing relief to me, he finds work with other schooners; currently he is with LYNX. So we will see how much company we can keep together as the two widely different sized vessels head off at the same time with the same route in mind and the same destination in mind. Smaller usually means not as fast…but with Chesapeake Bay privateers…who can really be sure?


PRIDE has been underway bound from Baltimore for the Great Lakes since Memorial Day. Since then, we have traveled about 1,000 miles, making stops for two nights in each of New York Harbor and Boston before arriving Lunenburg. In that distance and time we have used less than 200 gallons of fuel…so the sailing has been pretty good. PRIDE was full of our Guest Crew trainees for the three legs so far sailed. But we only have one Guest Crew (out of a potential for six) for this longer leg to Oswego. There will be a little adjusting by the crew necessary with the reduction of available willing hands to lay on a line or give a hand.


Lunenburg is a very nice town. If you have noticed the Cisco Systems TV ad with the doctor in Scandinavia talking to his patients in Lunenburg via TV, or the Lunenburg students waving hello to the Japanese students waving back through the TV you have seen Lunenburg. It is also home of the Cod Fishing Schooner replica BLUENOSE II. Soon she will be rebuilt. A large wooden boat construction project. I am glad to see this coming together. For many decades now BLUENOSE II has been the sailing icon for the Canadian Atlantic Maritimes…particularly Nova Scotia. Her image is on the Canadian dime. It is only appropriate she be rebuilt. What would Canada be without their BLUENOSE? Not as proud as they have reason to be now and long into the future after she is rebuilt.
Jan C. Miles, Captain aboard Pride of Baltimore II