A long Week-end and lots of first.

This past week-end, a rainy weather was forecasted, so we decided to get away for the day. And when we invited *K&K* for a quick outing, they spontaneously agreed and joined us bright and early to escape the minus tide. The day turned out to be a beautiful one, though sadly the wind shifted and came on our nose both ways! Yes both ways, the same day can you believe it?

On previous voyages, we had always wished for *K* to be onboard and explain us the different species around the boat. And no, we are not talking land mammal, she is a very passionate marine biologist by schooling and know a thing or two about the sea ones. So, as we crossed a few harbour porpoises, we learned that they are not the playful ones. On the other hand, *K* reaffirmed his passion for bird watching and is an expert on the local fauna. What a perfect set of first guests, amazing what so many years in university do to you, the ability to spot wild life at an amazing rate. *K&K* your parents must be proud, what a fun couple you are to be with.

In action during our walk, no stopping them.

The other first for us was to anchor our own boat. So far, we had always been able to tie to mooring buoys, but with the long week-end our chances were slim to none. Hence, with no wind and the protection of the cove, we put in practise what we had read, with what we had practiced on other boat and we successfully anchored in a mud and sand bottom. We could see the anchor in 20 ft, at first I thought that it was not burring itself but then realized that what I was seeing, was the bubble of the hydrobulb anchor which came with the boat!

Lunch time confirmed that we were not moving and we went for a walk. A little unnerving at first, but that when a good insurance policy comes handy to be able to relax.

And after a one our walk in this beautiful surrounding, we found our Letitgo where we had left her. The current was ripping through the pass once the tide had reversed, making for a really fast dinghy ride back even with five onboard and a 2.5HP engine! On our way back to the marina, at some point we gained 3 knots of ground speed for we had such strong currents.

Just to prove you that the anchor was out for the septic ones out there!

To top up a perfect day, we all enjoyed a nice dinner in the cockpit. This is the kind of day I like to call : “Yes, sell me a boat please!”, and, anybody would sign the check here.  We truly hope that we will get such nice weather and day with our future guests on board.

156 th Island was a easy choice, I have been planning it since the 1st day Bedloe`s Island. What has it to do with the 4th of July?

In 1956 it was renamed liberty Island, and in New York. Oh, yes it makes total sense, a few fire work watchers will be there tonight.

Liberty Island is a small uninhabited island in New York Harbor in the United States, best known as the location of the Statue of Liberty. Though so called since the turn of the century, the name did not become official until 1956. In 1937, by proclamation 2250, President Franklin D. Roosevelt expanded the Statue of Liberty National Monument to include all of Bedloe’s Island, and in 1956, an act of Congress officially renamed it. It became part of the National Register of Historic Places site Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island in 1966.

After the surrender of Fort Amsterdam by the Dutch to the British in 1664, the English governor Richard Nicolls granted the island to Captain Robert Needham. It was sold to Isaac Bedlow December 23, 1667. The island was retained by his estate until 1732 when it was sold for 5 shillings to New York merchants Adolphe Philipse and Henry Lane. During their ownership, the island was temporarily commandeered by the city of New York to establish a smallpox
quarantine station.

In 1746 the island was purchased by Archibald Kennedy, Earl of Cassils for use as a summer home. In 1753 the island is described in an advertisement (in which “Bedlow’s” had become “Bedloe’s”) as being available for rental:

To be Let. Bedloe’s Island, alias Love Island, together with the dwelling-house and lighthouse being finely situated for a tavern, where all kinds of garden stuff, poultry, etc., may be easily raised for the shipping outward bound, and from where any quantity of pickled oysters may be transported ; it abounds with English rabbits.”

In 1756 Kennedy allowed the island to again be used as a smallpox quarantine station, and on February 18, 1758 the Corporation of the City of New York bought the island for £1,000 for use as a pest house.

When the British troops occupied New York Harbor in the lead-up to the American Revolutionary War, the island was to be used for housing for Tory refugees, but on April 2, 1776, the buildings constructed on the island for their use were burned to the ground.