Aye, lassies and laddies, it's the mother of all bawdy, sea-going chantys.
It's probably been around in some form or another at least since the 1700's.
- With a tip of the frothy tankard to everyone who's gone down to the sea in ships - big or small.
Chuck and Jamie, who live over in Orchid Bay were going to make an outing of it. Chuck was going to drive their boat over from Orchid Bay with the idea that he would drop Jamie off at Tony's dock, then motor down to our place, come in via the canal and we'd spend a quality afternoon hanging by the pool and guzzling beer.
It was going to be sort of a big deal for us too, as we've never had nautical visitors to Casa Winjama before, so I was a little excited as I unlocked the back gate leading from the palapa patio to our dock. I also swung the ladder over so Chuck could get off his boat easily.
I had my camera along to document this historic event. I even had my Bosn's Pipe to honor the occasion of Chuck's first arrival by boat.
I strolled out to the end of our dock, looking north up the canal. Nope, no traffic there, nor was any expected since there's no boats in the water up that way.
|Ye Old Fishing Dock Across the Canal|
|Here Comes Someone|
|They're Getting Closer|
|I Think It's Chuck|
|Coming In To the Moorage|
Chuck easily made it to the dock, using the new swing-down ladder. He also brought a cooler full of beer.
|Moored and With the Ladder|
Somewhere around 3:30 to 4:00 PM, Dianna and Jamie returned and we sat and recounted the day's activities, both with WAGS at Tony's and with Chuck and myself here at Casa Winjama.
Shortly after 4:00 PM, Chuck and Jamie decided it was getting time for them to depart, get underway and make sure to get back to Orchid Bay before dark-fall.
As you can see, they're back on 'This Side Up', and loosening the moorings.
|Chuck and Jamie Preparing for Departure|
|Lowering the Prop|
|Backing Into the Channel|
|Heading for Open Water|
He did say something about wondering if a longer boat and an increase in horsepower would make for a more enjoyable and softer ride for Jamie. Dangerous thoughts, that, Chuck.
Chuck's final words for the evening: "...It was great to take the vessel there and back without any real problems - helps build confidence for next time. And I found Tony's, and your canal, without any aid from GPS. Amazing."
I had a great time. I think Chuck did too. It was fun having him as our first boat visitor. Hopefully, over the years, many more such folk to come.
Smooth seas and following winds, eh?
Oh, and if you Google 'the Good Ship Venus', you can find most of the lyrics for the song. Best served with beer... or grog.