Cruising

Just another boring day

Mondays on board “Bright Angel” can be just like everyone else. The weekend is over and most people we are getting back into the regular routine. We like to travel during the week when the waterways are not as crowded. But this Monday we are still in Portsmouth, VA on the Elizabeth River right across from Norfolk, VA. We’ve stayed put for a number of reasons but our major reason is we’ve completed our goal of reaching the Chesapeake Bay, and now we have to set some new goals and decide where to go next.

Our sometime travel companions on board “Jet Stream” are having some work completed and we are spending some of our time with them, they have a rental car. We’ve gone to the store and out to dinner. Today “Jet Stream” took the rental car and went to explore the east side of the bay by Cape Charles. We decided to hang here and get a few things done. That is Cynthia is cleaning and organizing, which means I wont be able to find anything.

Feeling sorry for myself and bored, I was plopped on the couch reading a book. When Cynthia called from the fly-bridge. She was hanging out some wash.

“Hey look at this! They’re moving one of the Destroyers across the river.”

Turning the ship

Turning the ship

Sure enough, The repair facility was moving a warship away from the pier. We are not sure if it’s a destroyer or not, but it’s big and it’s a warship.

The tug on the right stayed off making sure everything went to plan

The tug on the right stayed off making sure everything went to plan

Tugboats moving into position

Tugboats moving into position

Braving the heat. We both watched as tug boats maneuvered the ship out into the river and back. About ½ way through Dearest said “I should get my camera.” A short time later I thought, turn on the radio and see if we can here any communications.

The blue/white boat is a pleasure craft that just moved through

The blue/white boat is a pleasure craft that just moved through

While Cynthia took some pictures we listened to the radio.

Then we heard a hail, “North Bound Pleasure Craft, North bound pleasure craft, this is Warship Seven Two” and again the same hail. “North bound pleasure craft, North bound pleasure craft, this is Warship Seven Two” Soon we heard “This is Warship Seven Two..no response”.

We wondered what would happen now. The ship was across the channel and not a lot of room on either side. With tug boats attached to the ship and others moving around to direct the ship to where they wanted it to go.

Then we heard on the radio “Warship Seven Two, Warship Seven Two, this is North bound pleasure craft, we will stay back here out of the way.” The reply came back that the pleasure craft could pass but they had to stay on the other side of the channel. “North bound pleasure craft this is Warship Seven Two, we are not under command and will be in the channel for another 45 minutes you can pass but stay as far to the other side as possible.” Sure enough soon we saw the pleasure craft coming down river close to the Portsmouth side.

We also heard a barge and tug communicate saying “we will come through but with plenty of steam.” We watched the diesel smoke from the stacks of the tug and a barge start moving down river gaining speed while it passed.

Barge and Tug gaining speed while it passes

Barge and Tug gaining speed while it passes

So, even on days with nothing to do, something happens.

Until next time, even the boring days can have plenty of excitement.

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