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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

CRUISE DAY 2, PORTLAND, MAINE

Our first port on the New England-Maritime cruise found us in Portland, ME.  Like most cruises we have enjoyed rest time, party time, adult beverages and much food.  We are aboard the Explorer of the Seas with veranda cabin and great service. 

Sunset was in route to Portland, ME via the north Atlantic with a gently rolling sea and spectacular view.  The above pic is the view from our veranda prior to the formal dinner.  I must say, I do clean up well.  Of course, Denise is always beautiful and needs limited prep time

We scheduled an excursion aboard the 1912 schooner Mendeena, 82 ft. wooden schooner with crew of 3 and supervised by the Adm. Denise.  The quiet harbor offered smooth sailing with gentle swells and good air. The boat is a marvel with mahogany britework and fir masts.  I did not get to sail her but spent my time in the cockpit and had many questions of her Captain.  The Captain has a good gig here in summer and after October moves to St. Thomas for sailing in the Caribbean. Not a bad schedule.


Our bus tour took us to several monuments and covered much history of Portland.  However, the highlight is the Portland Head Light.  Seems a ship wrecked and sank here in 1886, the Annie McGuire, on Christmas Eve. All hands were saved but rumors are the Captain sank the ship to avoid unpaid costs.  Who knows, he may have been in our tour group! 

We depart in 2 hours for an evening sail up to Bar Harbor, ME. for more explorations tomorrow.  Oops, I almost forgot, we did enjoy our first lobster rolls after touring today.  It did taste a bit fishy?  It seems they are to be found in every street vendor, restaurant and nursing home in the area.

Sail away with use to Bar Harbor, ME and the martimes.

Happy sailing,
Adm. Denise,Capt. Barry and no deckhands this trip.  

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