Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Have you seen this boat?

Calling all vintage sailboat enthusiasts. I have had this picture in my posession for about twenty years and have always wanted to find out more information about her, I think the location is off Island Heights, not sure though. I would appreciate any information that you fellow Bloggers might have, my E-mail is located in my profile if you wish to contact me. Thanks, my friends!
First Guess, close but no cigar.
Thanks Baydog

Mystery Ship

Friday, June 22, 2012

Peter Luger Birthday Dinner

Wednesday was my birthday so Fran planned a dinner in NY  at the Peter Luger Steakhouse. We took the Seastreak Ferry to South Street Seaport then the Subway to Peter Luger's. The Luger dining room is very stark and unadorned. There were no tablecloths, you eat off very plain Stoneware plates and as the pictures show a delicious Porterhouse is the center of attention, I think that it is planned that way. The steak was good, tender and cooked to our liking. I have to wonder though, could I have cooked a meal like that at home and been just as happy? All that being said, it was a nice trip into the city and an opportunity to enjoy a meal at one of the top ten Steakhouses in America, according to Zagat. The whole day was enjoyable.

Thanks for the Birthday dinner Fran!

The Peking, a familiar sight at the Seaport

Arriving at South Street Seaport

Fran, at Peter Luger's

A waiter's point of view

Porterhouse steak for two, medium rare, no frills and no steak sauce. Each cut of the steak had a distinctive flavor. It came out sizzling hot and was delicious.

Catching my breath, belly is full, can't you tell.

While waiting for the Ferry we watched two Schooners on their way out of the harbor for a sunset cruise.

On the Ferry, Fran enjoying the sun setting over the bay.

With the sun at my back we arrive at the dock.

Unusual color for a sunset capped off the day.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ride to the Union Hotel, Port Deposit, Md.

Yesterday my girlfriend Fran, good friend Scott and me ventured out on our Harley's to a place called the Union Hotel and Restaurant, located in Port Deposit Md. The hotel dates back to 1777 and is a regular meeting place for bier's every Sunday. There is a log cabin bar, and a main log cabin building that serves delicious meals in an Early American setting. The Waitresses all dress in period clothes and the service was excellent. Three delicious soft shell crabs, wild rice and a salad was my choice for lunch, I was not disappointed.

Scott and me outside the Bar..n

Fran and me

First of hundreds of bikes that show up each Sunday

This is just one of the dining rooms in the Hotel Restaurant

Let's see, I have one from column A and one from column B

Fran and me after lunch, on the porch

One of the smaller dining areas

Corner cupboard

More bikes arriving

If inside the Restaurant doesn't excite you, you can always eat on the porch

Port Deposit has a great history that is included here:

Port Deposit is a historic town, extending for approximately one mile along the east bank of the Susquehanna River . Having several names prior to 1813, when the governor gave the town its present name, Port Deposit was not an overnight boomtown, for it served mostly as a collection point for lumber floating down river from Pennsylvania . Fortunately, it was too inconsequential to attract the attention of the invading British in 1813, who bypassed the town in favor of burning a warehouse across the river.
Within the span of a quarter century, however, Port Deposit had risen to importance that rivaled even the county seat. It was the junction point for lumber, grain, coal, whiskey, and tobacco trade, being the furthest point downstream on the Susquehanna River, and the furthest navigable point upstream for ships plying the Chesapeake Bay .
While the lumber floating down river provided the country with building materials, one of Port Deposit’s own industries produced building material of unmatched quality. By the early nineteenth century the granite deposits of the town were, from an engineering standpoint, to have few rivals. It was, however, the tone and texture of the stone that made it a favorite aesthetic choice. The quarries, located north of the town, provided the granite used for many churches, schools, and buildings in Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia . Many of Port Deposit’s buildings are constructed of granite. Nowhere in the county was there a stronger stone masonry building tradition than in this small town along the Susquehanna. With all the work available in the mills, factories, fisheries and lumberyards of Port Deposit the town grew into prominence. On the eve of the Civil War, it was the eighth largest city in all of Maryland . Most Cecil County men who fought in the Civil War joined the Union Army. By the 1850’s a large concentration of free blacks were to be found in Port Deposit, where they numbered over 21 per cent of the population, well in advance of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
An early testament to the commercial success of “Port” was its prominence in the financial community. In 1834 the town had its first bank and for many years was the only place between Wilmington and Baltimore where banking could be conducted.
While progress in commerce and finance grew rapidly the progress in public education was slow. Throughout the early nineteenth century, efforts to establish public-supported education in the county were spotty and disorganized. It was not until 1889 that the first countywide free school system was put into place.
An outspoken critic of the school system was the industrialist, Jacob Tome. He arrived in town in 1833 on a log raft, penniless but ambitious. Tome joined with men of greater capital and entered the lumber business. He was later to become one of the wealthiest men in the country but he never forgot the town of his beginnings. In 1889 he endowed the town with a substantial part of his amassed fortune to establish a separate free school system and five years later the Jacob Tome Institute opened its doors to Port Deposit children. Within four years over 600 area children attended school in the various institute buildings. At Tome’s death in 1898, another sizable amount was bequeathed to the school system and was used to establish a boarding school for boys on the high bluff overlooking the town. It was considered the most beautiful “Prep School” in the .
By the end of the nineteenth century, railroads had taken over a large portion of the county’s shipping business, but Port Deposit was to benefit immeasurably by this new convenient source of transportation. The railroad that passed by the quarry connected it with major markets to the north and south,. while the light-draft vessels tied up at the town wharf provided shipments to points as far away as Richmond , often at a fraction of the railroad rates. It wasn’t until 1927 that “Port’s” river connection to the north was brought to a final close with the completion of the Conowingo Dam.
Within a year, however, the dawn of the electric age was darkened by the Depression; the national economy collapsed. “Port” struggled through these times as did the quarries, for concrete had replaced stone as a building material.
In 1941, only a year after the Tome School for Boys closed, the sprawling campus was taken over by the U.S. Navy to become the principal training center on the East Coast. For Port Deposit, World War II was brought right to its doorstep. At its peak, the center housed nearly 35,000 recruits and by the end of the war more that half a million had passed through the Bainbridge Naval Training Center . In 1947 the recruit-training section was closed, and thereafter used only sporadically by the Navy, finally closing in 1976.
In 1980 Wiley Manufacturing Company occupied much of the water front in Port Deposit. This expanded operation was to manufacture tunnels for under the Harbor along I 95, the largest project on the interstate system. Again, the river was the focus of industry.
Now a peaceful, slow-paced town, Port Deposit continues to bask in the sparkle of the river. A condominium community makes its home on the former site of Wiley Manufacturing and the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is working to complete a “Riverwalk” to will link recreation and open space areas along the shore in both Cecil and Harford Counties . The Bainbridge Development Corporation, formed by special legislation in 1999, is working diligently to convert he former Naval Base of 1,200 acres from abandoned surplus property to a viable and vibrant mixed use community – with a branch of the local public library, Cecil Community College and Accelapure, a large pharmaceutical company already part of the development project. Also atop the bluff above Port Deposit, the over one century old Tome School for Boys Campus, designed by architects Boring & Tilton and once part of Bainbridge, is now undergoing extensive stabilization prior to an intensive restoration initiative by Paul Risk Associates.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Photos of Silent Maid at Newport, NYYC Regatta...Boat of The Show

The Maid made it to Newport and competed in the New York Yacht Club Regatta where she raced, won and received very high marks for her performance. Click on the link below for 89 pictures of the Silent Maid in action.

Silent maid at her pre-launch party

Her new rig and sail proved to much for her competitors.

Congratulations to the Silent Maid, her crew and Peter kellogg. Way to go guys!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fran's BD dinner

Not the best, but good enough to put a smile on Fran's face.
Her favorite meal,  Rack of Lamb (rare), sides Asparagus wrapped with prosciutto and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, washed down with a good Cab. The corn on the cob would usually be potatoes sauteed in olive oil, butter and Rosemary, then roasted. 

Fran's Birthday Dinner, simple but good!

Saturday, June 2, 2012


At one of my favorite Haunts, Beaton Boat Works, preparations are being made to prepare and launch one boat after the other.  At this time of the year the number one priority is to satisfy every boat owner, who has been waiting all winter to get back onto the water, for a glorious summer of fun.

The Lightning, of the of the A-Cat fleet, is sporting a fresh coat of paint while a smaller B-Cat is getting some final touches by a Beaton worker. The B-Cat has just had her hull painted and looks in great shape for her summer racing campaign.

A-Cat, ready for launching


Newly painted Sanderling, bottom paint being applied

In another shop, Paul Smith is nearly finished replacing the Myth's teak deck. Notice the extremely difficult deck pattern, it was specified by the owner and Paul was the man for the job, no screws in the teak strips by the way. It was quite amazing watching how Paul measured, cut and glued each strip precisely. He is doing the final sanding and fairing of the deck in this picture, next the seams will be caulked with cordage (not cotton) then filled with a rubber compound to complete the job.