Messabouts & Raids:
Aug 18-22 - California - Giant 5-day messabout
Aug 28 - Illinois - Antique Outboard
Motor Club Swap meet
Sept 10, 11, 12 - Ontario - Amateur
Boating Messabout - CANCELLED!
Sept 10, 11, 12 - Utah - Lake Powell
Sept 25 - Texas - John Welsford at Canyon
October 2 - Maryland - John Welsford at Mid-Atlantic
Small Craft Festival
October 9 - Texas - 2nd
Annual Palacios Raid
Flood in Poland
We keep our campjon during the navigating season
on the water, moored to the quay, at a little inexpensive marina
half an hour car ride from home. It allows us to go boating any
time we have an impulse to do so and a few hours of free time,
of course. You don’t have to go far from the port to have
an adventure. You can even stay moored to the quay. Here is a
report of the flood state in our marina. It was one day immediate
rise, and the water level went up about 4-5 meters. After arriving
at the club we (my son Antek and I) were stopped by the water
in the gate! We took a kayak and paddled along inner roads to
the slip (completely sunken) and to the basin to check our boat.
She is in fine shape, dry and well moored to the floating platform.
No boats were taken downstream this year (ten years ago during
a little bigger flood there were a lot of them taken downstream,
but we even didn't think about boating and things like that then).
It was a big flood wave passing Warsaw, coming from Southern sidestreams
of the Wisla river where it was raining a lot last week. The harbour
did not exist at all, actually there was a main stream with sunken
trees around. The day after the alert was over and we waited for
a normal state to go boating and mow the lawn in the club. Here
are some pics of the flood. They are in pairs with one flooded
picture and one earlier at the same spot for reference. (click
-Wojtek (an unintentional
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Hey Chuckie !
Just a note that I really enjoyed the article
on the Crater
Lake passenger boats.
More than 20 years ago I had the pleasure of spending
a summer operating similar-styled boats (I always called them
"bus boats") in a different area of the country. Although
the scenery maybe wasn't as dramatic, these passenger boats
also had a long history, with service commencing in 1913. They
ran until 2003 when the whole area was bull-dozed to make way
for a convention center. Although the business is gone, I noticed
it's website is still "up" as of this writing:
the boat in the photo, the "Sammy
Lane," apparently originally came from Maryland,
and had a cross-planked bottom ("Bay-built,"
as I think they say in that part of the country;
This boat and one other were powered by 318 cubic-inch
Chrysler gasoline engines, and since I showed a bit of mechanical
aptitude (this being well before my outboard motor days) I was
given the job of changing the oil in the boats every Friday
morning, I think it was.
I think they are both gone now, the usual fate
that awaits old, tired work boats.
That is the same fate suffered by another boat
that I had the pleasure of being "Captain" of that
summer, a really solid 65-footer with twin diesels. I am attaching
two photos of the pilothouse of that fine vessel;
One photo (above) taken by myself over 20 years
ago, not long before the vessel ceased to operate, and another
photo (below) taken a couple months ago.
The Crater Lake boats were "luckier"
than most; I am glad to see that someone saw some value in some
old passenger boats
By the way, being a "Captain" of an
excursion boat in a tourist town is a sure-fire way to pick-up
about that silly-looking captain's hat..
Four rowers rescued in
Sunday, August 8, 2004 Posted: 9:11 AM EDT (1311 GMT)
LONDON, England (AP) -- Four Britons attempting to break the
world trans-Atlantic rowing record were rescued Sunday after
their boat broke up in heavy storms, the coastguard said.
A Swedish vessel picked up the crew of the Pink
Lady, who were clinging to a life raft some 300 miles (482 kms)
west of the Isles of Scilly, off England's southwestern tip.
The four oarsmen, who left Newfoundland in Canada
on June 30, were trying to beat the current 55-day record when
their boat was caught in a hurricane and split in two.
Falmouth Coastguard said one of the rowers was
suffering from hypothermia and another had slight head injuries,
but they did not need urgent hospital treatment.
The Swedish ship, Scandinavian Reefer, is scheduled
to arrive at the port of Foynes on the west coast of Ireland
The current record for the 2,100-mile (3,380-kilometer)
journey was set in 1896 by two Norwegian fishermen and was equaled
17 years ago by Briton Tom McClean.
The Pink Lady team, which was raising money for
the British Heart Foundation charity, hoped to complete the
crossing in 35 to 40 days. Firefighter Mark Stubbs, 40, led
the crew, which included journalist Jonathan Gornall, 48, digital
mapping specialist John Wills, 33, and former special forces
diver Pete Bray, 48.
Gornall told the British Broadcasting Corp. how
the boat was battered by 30 feet (9 meter) high waves before
being smashed into two pieces.
"The next thing we knew we were under water,
fighting to escape the rear part of the vessel, which, on inspection
afterward when we surfaced, appeared to be completely smashed
by a tremendous wave," he said, via telephone from the
The men activated their distress beacon at 0130
GMT Sunday and clambered into their life raft wearing survival
suits. The coastguard initially scrambled a rescue helicopter,
but it turned back because of the weather.
The coastguard stayed in contact with the crew
via satellite phone and broadcast a mayday signal to alert nearby
"We are all very grateful to be alive. It
is a shame we didn't make it, but at least we can assure ourselves
it wasn't anything we did wrong," Gornall told the BBC.
"It was just, you know, you take on nature and you take
what she delivers and on this particular occasion she delivered
a killer blow."
A link to the photos taken by my freind, Bob Zieganhals, while
hanging out of his little red airplane. There is an additional
link to pictures from a Canadian Canoe Museum.
Palacios TX Dinghy Dash - Sep 2004
We are having a casual cruise / race where we
sail out to a beach and camp there overnight then head 7 miles
back the next day.
Everyone is welcome - there is a launch ramp only
1.5 miles away.
Full info about the event here:
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in San Diego CA August 18-22
2004, with camping on site in San Diego's south bay.
This is great sailing for shallow draft vessels and
great shark fishing if so inclined...
Where: Fiddlers Cove Marina, Coronado CA.
Fiddlers Cove Marina
Silver Strand Highway
San Diego 92106
This is a US Navy installation so no contraband
please. All are welcome. It would be good to let Annie
Kolls know you are coming though. Scuzmum(at)aol DOT
com (That is an email address)
Hope to see you there.
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