Monday, May 26, 2008

Gunston Day School Passage Trip

21 May '08

Five light Passage Trip
Bloody Point Light, Sandy Point Light, Baltimore Light, Thomas Point Shoal Light, Sharps Island light

It was our privilege to be included in the list of fantastic year end events scheduled for the Gunston Day School (Chestertown, Maryland) end of year 'field week'.

We enjoyed the company of 10 of the students who participate in the camera club (as well as that of their two instructors.)

Sea conditions were a bit challenging but everyone trooped through.

We are looking forward to viewing the CD compilation of the 'best' of their photos from the weeks adventures and hope that we are able to have them join us again next year.

Wishing all of the seniors the best in their future endeavors.

The Captain

Thomas Point Shoal Light; first run of 2008

17 May 08

After a fantastic opening season in '07 in partnership with The Annapolis Maritime Museum we had been anxiously awaiting our first trip to The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse this year.

The weather was beautiful and tides and wind cooperated to make this first trip absolutely smooth.

We ran the noon trip with a full complement of passengers and museum staff.

If every trip of the '08 season comes out in this fashion it will be a stellar year indeed.

Join us out of Annapolis every other weekend this season to join the ranks of those who have witnessed the history and restoration of The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse first hand. The schedule of trips can be viewed on our website 'trip calendar' or visit for further details.

We look forward to having you aboard for this once in a lifetime experience.

The Captain

Monday, May 12, 2008

First Passage Trip of '08 under our belt...

10, May '08
WX: cloudy, w-NW @ 12kts
Seas: 1-2ft.

Saturday, May 10th marked the first Passage Trip out of Tilghman Island for Chesapeake Lights Tours.

There was some question of whether or not we would be able to run as mother nature had a mind of her own and the day began with cold temperatures and fairly significant rains.

At departure time the rain had eased off and all passengers boarded in eager anticipation.

We headed out of Knapps Narrows and up through the Eastern Bay on the leeward side of Poplar Island. Passengers were treated to some up close views of the nesting ospreys and The Chesapeake Bay waters.

Our lighthouse route began with Bloody Point, and then we proceeded north up the Eastern Shore of the Bay. Seas were rough but not unpleasant. Passengers were afforded photo ops of three tankers awaiting approval to enter the Baltimore Harbor, always and tremendous site just due the to sheer size of the vessels.

We passed under the Bay Bridge, visited Sandy Point Light and Baltimore Light and then headed back South to Thomas Point Shoal Light. At this point in the trip we were gifted with a shift in weather conditions as the sun came out, temps warmed and we traveled with the wind astern. Passengers enjoyed a new perspective taking in the sun and bay breeze from the foredeck.

We finished the trip with our visit to Sharps Island Light.

Timing was perfect on this trip as shortly after returning to the dock the weather turned foul again.

Thanks to the fantastic group of folks who joined us on Saturday. As always, the personality of our passengers makes a tremendous difference in the success of our ventures!!

"Dear Captain Mike and Kate,
A great big THANK YOU for an absolutely wonderful afternoon on Saturday May 10. The four of us had a terrific time. I have never in my life felt so totally comfortable so quickly with people I just met. I hope someday to travel the bay with you again. Have a great summer!