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Sunday, September 30, 2007
Penultimate month, Sunday September 30, 2007

     Rarely does Uncle Jack get to use his favorite word, penultimate, two days in a row.  Yesterday was the penultimate day of September and today is the last day of the penultimate month of his long vacation in Camden. Who knows when this happy concatenation of events will occur again? Maybe next year?  Stay tuned.


      In any case the last two days of September were beauties from beginning to end and the pictures will suggest how Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. spent them. They hope you had a pleasant weekend, too.  


       


    


   



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Sunday sunrise over Camden harbor. 6:30 a.m.

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Tall tourist goes high for the best apples at Hope Orchards' "You pick 'em" day.

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This fabulous group called "Bluegrass Gospel Project" from Montpelier, Vermont wowed the crowd at the Camden Opera House Saturday night. Google their website for a free sample of their music.

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It was a perfect day for the Camden Library's semi-annual book sale. Great bargains to be had.

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Just a few steps away the big art show was underway with over 100 exhibitors from all over Maine.

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These wood sculptures attracted a lot of attention.

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"Arietta", a monster stinkpot registered in the Marshall Islands, took up a lot of space at the town dock.

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Final report on the rock garden for Bob Chinappi. The plantings are in the ground.

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Along the side of the house.

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Ditto. They did a first rate job but it must have cost a fortune. The house recently sold for over a million. It's brand new.

posted by Uncle Jack at 9:08 PM

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Saturday, September 29, 2007
Big weekend in Camden, Saturday September 29, 2007

      Will the penultimate day of September stretch to encompass everything Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. want to do today, that is the question.  The Farmers' Market starts at 9 a.m., the Art in the Park show at 10, the library book sale at 10, the "You Pick-Em" apple sale at the Hope Orchards runs from 9 to 4 and the "Bluegrass Gospel Project" starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Opera House. Somehow they will manage to squeeze it all in but there will be no time for goofing off on this Indian Summer Saturday.


     The weather for the past week has been more summery than summer was. Thursday felt like the warmest day of the year and every air conditioner in Camden (there aren't very many needless to say) was running, much to the delight of the stockholders of Central Maine Power.  The traveling crane at Wayfarer Marine has been busy plucking yachts from the harbor and trucking them off to winter storage but the boat owners must be having second thoughts about their timing.


     The leaves are beginning to turn at a rapid rate and large swathes of Mount Battie are splashed with red and orange and yellow.  Another week or two and the motels will begin to fill up again---with leaf-watchers this time. It's prime time in Maine for sure.


      Have a lovely weekend wherever you are.



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A spectacular "harvest moon" rises over the "Obrigado", probably one of the last of the big Florida cookie-cutter charter yachts of this season to visit Camden.

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Another moon shot after dark.

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A half-hour before sunrise this morning.

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A half-hour later. Note the absence of osprey in this picture. They all seem to have flown the coop, so to speak. Watch for southbound osprey over the Outer Banks soon.

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What appear to be mushrooms sprouting in the waterside park are actually tents for the exhibitors in the art show today and tomorrow.

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The familiar green hillside is starting its annual change of hue, hastened by the unseasonably warm weather, locals say.

posted by Uncle Jack at 9:24 AM

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Return to Vinalhaven, Wednesday September 26, 2007

Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. went to Vinalhaven Island one day last week and they had such a good time that they vowed to go back with their car and stay overnight at the first opportunity. When the weatherman predicted that Monday and Tuesday of this week would be perfect for driving around with the top down on the Mini they headed for the ferry terminal in Rockland without further ado. While they couldn’t get on the first ferry they made the second with ease and got to the island a little after noon.


After checking in at the somewhat funky but still delightful Tidewater Motel on Main Street they headed north in the Mini to begin their explorations which eventually took them all over this fascinating island. He will let the pictures do the talking about their second visit to Vinalhaven but he can tell you it surely won’t be the last.



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Sunrise in Camden harbor, Monday September 24, 2007. A great start for a trip to Vinalhaven.

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The Mini couldn't squeeze onto the first ferry but it was the first car on and off the second and provided the best seat in the house for the one hour and fifteen minute crossing.

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Pleasant River falls, one of the prettiest spots on the island.

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Pleasant River Chapel is situated right next to the falls. A lovely spot for a wedding.

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North Haven island is right across this channel, called the "thorofare", from Vinalhaven. It is served by a separate ferry. North Haven is so posh it even has a 9-hole golf course.

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Brown's Head lighthouse serves the boats passing through the "thorofare". This is another of the most beautiful spots on the island, reached by driving down a long, narrow gravel road.

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It's one secluded cove after another on Vinalhaven, each one more picturesque than the last.

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These very nice Vinalhaven Land Trust employees let us look through their high-powered spotting scope at basking harbor seals, a kestrel and a large kingfisher who was eating his lunch---a raw fish sandwich.

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You never know what you will find at the end of a road like this.

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Sometimes it would be something like this---a little touch of Wanchese far from home.

posted by Uncle Jack at 6:07 PM

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Sunday, September 23, 2007
Mighty Aphrodite, Sunday September 23, 2007

     It was a quiet Sunday in Camden---another lovely fall day made for walking and for sitting on the deck overlooking Camden harbor.  Which is where Uncle Jack was this afternoon when a fabulous boat made a turn around the harbor and then parked for an hour or so at the Wayfarer Marine dock across the way.  It was the kind of vessel that immediately sends Uncle Jack to Google to see what he can find out about it.  What he learned was that this was the storied "Aphrodite", one of the most admired motor yachts of the century.  The story of Aphrodite is absolutely amazing and you can read it by clicking on the link below the pictures.


     Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. are planning a return trip to Vinalhaven Island tomorrow which will include an overnight stay---sans computer.  His next weblog entry probably won't appear until Wednesday sometime.  Enjoy the respite.



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Aphrodite was the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. She deserves a nice boat.

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Camden just keeps getting prettier.

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And prettier.

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And prettier.

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Kids and ducks. Always a winning combination.

link: http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/archive/2005/10-27-05/ea_news6_10-27-05.html

posted by Uncle Jack at 5:42 PM

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Saturday, September 22, 2007
Mofga Rules, Saturday September 22, 2007

    The first day of the 31st annual gathering of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, otherwise known as "Common Ground", was a resounding success in spite of the unseasonable heat.  Uncle Jack doesn't know if this was the hottest day on record for this event but he can tell you that there were thousands of overdressed people in attendance, including himself, who wished they had worn shorts and T-shirts instead of their sensible fall attire. It must have been close to 75 degrees by early afternoon.


    He and Mrs. U.J. had a delightful time wandering among the food booths and other displays---mostly the food booths--and the fresh organically grown vegetables and fruits they brought home  will provide some great eating for the next few days.  He had such a good time in fact that he almost forgot to take pictures.  Almost. 



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The fair was spread out over many acres so even though 15 or 20 thousand people attended it didn't seem crowded.

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Except around some of the more popular food booths. Uncle Jack lunched on one of these---a gigantic organic Italian sausage with organic onions and peppers on a whole-wheat bun. It sounds healthier than it probably was but it was delicious.

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Don't like Italian sausage? This was one of the many alternatives. The line was shorter at this booth for some reason.

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This little guy did a great job of helping his mom and dad sell blueberries by demonstrating how they should be eaten. He was properly dressed for the job, too.

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Nothing timid about this young lady.

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It wasn't all fun and food and games.

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The end of a perfect day.

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The Liberty Tool Company in Liberty (a mandatory stop on the way home from Unity) is incredible. Three floors of antique tools of every imaginable kind.

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Sunrise this morning left something to be desired. The first real fog in several weeks rolled in last night.

posted by Uncle Jack at 10:38 AM

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Friday, September 21, 2007
Common Ground, Friday September 21, 2007

      Maine is reputed to have more organic farmers than any other state and each year they all get together at an event called "Common Ground" which is held near the village of Unity, about an hour's drive north of Camden.  Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. visited this amazing affair last year when they were in Camden for a few days and had a ball in spite of the fact that it rained on and off the whole time they were there.  Today it's sunny and warm and they can hardly wait to get out there again, if for no other reason than lunch which they will assemble from the delectable offerings of dozens of food purveyors from all over Maine---cheeses, sausages, breads, pastries, fruits, ciders.  Yum. There is much more to Common Ground than food, though, which you can learn more about by going to their excellent website which you can do by clicking on the link below the pictures. Uncle Jack will have pictures of his own tomorrow if he doesn't eat himself into a coma.


     Yesterday was another spectacular fall day which prompted a walk on the mile-long Rockland breakwater.  Always enjoyable.



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The elegant motor yacht "Black Swan" glides out of Camden harbor as the sun rises at 6:20 this morning.

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A hardworking lobsterman pulls a pot just off the Rockland breakwater. Literally thousands of lobster trap buoys are visible in the waters around the breakwater. The bottom must be crawling with the tasty crustaceans.

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The lovely yacht "Sarita" was on the way back to the water when somebody spotted something wrong. She is now back on blocks in the Wayfarer boatyard.

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For Bob Chinappi. The "Rockers" have finished their work and the gardeners have moved in with dirt and presumably flowers and plants will follow.

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Another view around the corner.

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This is basically a stormwater run-off control system. God knows what it cost.

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Yesterday's sunrise punctuated by a jet contrail.

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The Wayfarer's traveling crane has been busy hauling boats out of the water for winter storage but there are still lots of them moored in the outer harbor.

link: http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/tabid/135/Default.aspx

posted by Uncle Jack at 7:57 AM

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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Beautiful Rockport, Thursday September 20, 2007

    Wednesday was another fine fall day ideal for walking so Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. decided to explore another neighborhood on foot, this time in Rockport, Camden's sister city.  (There was a time when Rockport was part of Camden but they split for some reason and now they have two sets of selectmen, two police departments, two fire departments, two of everything. Go figure.)


     Rockport is even more beautiful than Camden primarily because it has a larger concentration of rich people's summer homes.  Their estates, established long ago, tend to be very large and well-groomed and exceedingly pleasant for peasants like Uncle Jack to look at and enjoy vicariously. 


     Within the city limits there is a large working farm with a picturesque herd of belted Galloway cows, and an ancient and very beautiful 18-hole golf course with enough water frontage to build hundreds of condominiums if the members wanted to do that . Fortunately they don't need any more money than they already have so it isn't likely they will turn it into another Village at Nags Head. What with the farm and the golf course Rockport seems exceedingly uncrowded.


    Along the way they discovered several places where paths lead down to the waterfront where large flat rocks  provide a perfect place to sit and enjoy the goings-on in Rockport harbor which is smaller than Camden's but no less picturesque.  Lunch on a rock in Rockport is already in their plans for the immediate future.   


     Tomorrow it's off to the village of Unity and "Common Ground", an annual event of great significance in the State of Maine.  Stay tuned.


    



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A typical New England-style house in Rockport. This is not one of the great estates but it has a certain charm. There are many more similar to it and dating back to the early 19th century.

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Here's another, almost next door. The Mini would fit nicely in that garage.

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This is its rock garden. Almost every house in Rockport has a garden of some kind.

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This lovely wedding chapel in the woods was given to the town many years ago by the Curtis Publishing Company heiress Helene Bok. It's a great spot to get hitched.

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View to the sea from the chapel.

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Part of the chapel grounds.

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View of Rockport harbor from one of the rock ledges along the shore.

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Another backyard garden, complete with carved granite whale.

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One of several public parks overlooking Rockport harbor.

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Flowers are beginning to fade with the coming of fall but these are still looking good.

posted by Uncle Jack at 8:45 AM

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Trip to Vinalhaven Island, Tuesday September 18, 2007

     Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. did get to Vinalhaven Island yesterday as planned and you can read all about it if so inclined by clicking on the Village Soup link below the pictures.  They had a wonderful time and hope to be able to return to Vinalhaven in October sometime.


    The pictures that follow are a few that didn't make it into the Village Soup piece.


     It's another gorgeous day in Camden. Hope it's the same where you are.



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This osprey must have decided that this is a great place from which to spot mackerel. He has been back morning and evening for three days in a row.

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The Coast Guard base in Rockland harbor. The large boat is a buoy tender.

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Tourists pose in front of a restored "galamander". These sturdy carts were used to haul granite and were pulled by as many as eight horses or oxen.

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Lots of Swedes emigrated to Vinalhaven around the turn of the 20th century to work in the granite quarries. Some are still here.

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Tourist ogles one of the many elegant summer homes that grace the shores of Vinalhaven Island.

link: http://knox.villagesoup.com/Blogs/story.cfm?storyID=100022

posted by Uncle Jack at 10:04 AM

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Monday, September 17, 2007
Brrrr. Camden, Maine Monday September 17, 2007

        It was 32 degrees outside at 5 this morning and cold enough inside for Uncle Jack to turn on the heat for the first time since early June.  He turned it off again an hour later by which time the sun had begun to pour free heat through the several picture windows in his apartment. By noon, the weatherman says, it will be up to 65 with nary a cloud in the sky----another perfect fall day. The five-day forecast shows nothing but smiley faces through Friday which suggests that Camden, Maine will be a very nice place to be alive and well this week.


    Yesterday (Sunday) was another perfect day for walking which is what Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. did in the morning.  One of their favorite destinations is the Wayfarer Marine company's sprawling boatyard across the harbor where there is always something interesting going on.  Wayfarer is the current occupant of a waterfront space that has been used for boat building and repair for well over a century. 


     The present owners of Wayfarer have proposed some changes that have aroused considerable controversy in the town.  They have asked the selectmen to rezone a part of the yard now occupied by boat storage buildings to residential use which would allow the construction of (aargh) condominiums.  The owners say this will allow them to raise money to modernize the remaining part of the boatyard and keep it profitable in the highly competitive business of servicing and repairing multi-million dollar yachts.


     Considerable opposition to this plan has been voiced at numerous public hearings over several months and the proposed zoning changes are scheduled to be voted on by the public in November.  Also on the ballot will be a referendum calling for a six-month moratorium on any zoning changes in Camden which may delay resolution of the issue.


     Up til now at least the deliberative process has been conducted with the utmost civility on both sides but Uncle Jack will be watching to see what happens as crunch time nears. A lot of money is at stake as well as an irreversible change in the nature of the waterfront so considerable heat is likely to develop before it's over.


    Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. are taking the ferry to Vinalhaven Island this morning so he had better get a move on. Have a nice week wherever you are.


    



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When it's 32 degrees outside Uncle Jack loves watching the sun come up from his living room.

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This clever osprey saved his strength by perching on a mast and waiting for his breakfast to swim by. Minutes later he dove into the water right in front of Uncle Jack who was too startled to get a picture.

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This picturesque cloud floated by yesterday afternoon.

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A very unusual sight in Camden harbor---a working lobster boat loaded with traps.

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Christo was here? Under the green wrapper lurks "Coconut", a New Zealand mega-yacht that has been in and out of the Wayfarer yard all summer.

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"Khakiblue" has been parked here for several days. If you had an elegant yacht like this would you name it "Khakiblue"? (This is a rhetorical question because you ain't ever going to have one).

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The Megunticook river runs right through Camden and empties into the harbor. These Canada geese have found it to their liking.

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"Makara" (which means "blessed" in old Greek} was built by the Viking Yacht company. The Vikings should have been so lucky.

posted by Uncle Jack at 8:59 AM

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Saturday, September 15, 2007
Beautiful Camden, Saturday September 15, 2007

     As predicted, yesterday was a perfect fall day---sunny and cool with a light breeze sufficient to dislodge leaves from  trees and send them rustling down the streets and sidewalks.  Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. seized the opportunity to take a long walk out Chestnut street which starts in the heart of downtown Camden and continues, with a couple of name changes, to the heart of downtown Rockport, such as it is.


    Chestnut is the quintessential small-town New England street---lined with over-arching trees sheltering neatly kept homes and churches, some of them dating to the late 18th century. Walking is sheer pleasure in the almost total absence of vehicular traffic which is mostly confined to nearby Union and Commercial streets where trucks and cars can get where they're going much more rapidly. Sidewalks line Chestnut street most of its length but even where there are none walking is safe and easy. It is a pedestrian's paradise.


    It's also aerobic in places which is a good thing when you're trying to achieve maximum health benefits from a walk.  Chestnut goes up, up and up for a mile or so before it begins to descend rather abruptly to the ancient cemetery which we strolled through before returning home by way of beautiful Bayview street which offers tantalizing glimpses of the sailboat strewn waters of Camden harbor.


     Walks like this in the midst of such beauty can raise disturbing questions in the minds of visitors to Camden, like "Why would anybody want to live anywhere else if they could live here?" These are dangerous thoughts.


    


      



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For much of their length Chestnut and Bayview streets are lined with mortar-less stone walls made of granite.

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This one is at least three feet wide and goes on for hundreds of yards.

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Smaller stone walls help to prop up houses along Chestnut street, like this one.

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Wooded areas like this abound on Chestnut and Bayview streets. The folks who own them already have so much money they are not tempted to sell them off to developers.

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This windvane on a garage on Bayview street suggests the importance of the moose in the local ethos.

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This granite marker would not be out of place in a graveyard on the Outer Banks.

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No doubt the remains of a seafaring man occupy this grave.

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There is not a single ostentatious grave marker in this entire cemetery which occupies perhaps a zillion dollars worth of prime waterfront real estate.

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A tiny public park off Bayview street offers this serene view of the Curtis Island lighthouse and the outer harbor.

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Meanwhile back in the harbor this Australian-built monstrosity called "Hilarium" tied up to the Wayfarer dock. It's about 120 feet long and carries a "dinghy" that is bigger than most of the boats moored in the harbor.

posted by Uncle Jack at 7:47 AM

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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Is it Fall? Camden, Maine, Thursday September 13, 2007

         The weatherman says it got down to 40 degrees last night, trees are beginning to shed their leaves and fruit, and patches of color are beginning to appear on the otherwise green face of Mt. Battie. It looks and feels to Uncle Jack like fall is already here although the autumnal equinox is still more than a week away.


      What this means, among other things, is that his lengthy idyll in this woodsy, watery paradise called Maine is nearing an end---for this year anyway.  He still has six weeks to go, though, during which the locals will celebrate the end of summer with some splendid festivities like "Common Ground", an annual gathering of organic farmers from all over Maine and New England in nearby Unity, and "Maine Faire", a celebration of Maine-produced foods which will attract thousands of gourmands (and more than a few gluttons) to Camden this weekend.


     The major tourist draw during this time of year will be, of course, the changing of the leaves.  While the locals are putting up their boats and stockpiling wood for fireplaces tens of thousands of visitors from all over will take to the back roads to ogle the fall colors of the Maine woods.  While Uncle Jack is looking forward to his return to the beaches of South Nags Head he won't mind waiting until after the leaf show has run its course.


      There is much to be said for being jobless and healthy.



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Pretty sunrise this morning. Still lots of boats in the outer harbor.

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These two little West Highland Scotties had never met before this moment. It gladdened the heart to watch their tails wag.

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A few trees here and there in Camden are harbingers of what is to come in a few weeks.

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Uncle Jack cannot pass this house in his neighborhood without taking a picture.

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A front yard garden of a B and B located in an 1820 house on Elm Street, one of the main business streets.

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Dozens of lovely old early 19th century houses on the main streets have been lovingly preserved and converted to business use of one kind or another. A lawyer occupies this one for better or worse.

posted by Uncle Jack at 5:27 PM

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Rainy Days in Camden, Tuesday September 11, 2007

          It rained all day yesterday in Camden and it's raining again this morning which has severely restricted Uncle Jack's ability to get out and see what's going on around here. Consequently he doesn't really have the makings of a fresh weblog entry this morning.  He did put together an assortment of pictures for the "Village Soup" which, if you are really desperate for something to help pass the time, you can view by clicking on the link below.  


     If you haven't done it yet this might be a good day to check out the new online newspaper "Island Free Press" which you will find at www.islandfreepress.org/index.html  It looks like another excellent source of info about Hatteras Island affairs.  


     Have a nice day wherever you are.   



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Every boat needs a pilot.

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Bob Chinappi's rock garden. The rain has held them up but it looks like it should be finished this week.

link: http://knox.villagesoup.com/Blogs/story.cfm?storyID=99598

posted by Uncle Jack at 10:44 AM

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Monday, September 10, 2007
Quiet weekend-Monday September 10, 2007

     As Garrison Keillor would say, it's been a quiet week-end in Camden.  Well not entirely quiet; he and Mrs. U.J. and their guest, Mrs. Tate, did go to hear a New Orleans band called "Buckwheat Zydeco" Saturday night.  He was expecting zydeco music of which he is tolerant if not fond but what he got was flat out rock 'n roll played at a decibel level that could dissolve granite.  Fortunately he was able to escape to the sanctuary of the Mini at the intermission where he listened to an excellent jazz station for an hour until the alleged musicians in the Strand Theater finally stopped brutalizing their audience.  If any further evidence of the decline of the west is required the fact that "Buckwheat Zydeco" has twice been nominated for Grammie awards should prove it once and for all.


     Boat activity in the harbor has slowed somewhat in the wake of last week-end's windjammer extravaganza. A few more of the overgrown fume-spewing rental bathtub toys have come and gone but no sailboats of note have arrived since the beautiful Carl Linne was hauled last week. It actually rained most of Sunday which put damper on the usual week-end sailing by local boat owners and It is raining again today which will no doubt keep Uncle Jack and his trusty Sony Cybershot inside.


    He was delighted to learn that tropical storm what's-her-name was a fizzle.  Time is running out on this year's hurricane season and that is good news for everybody except maybe Home Depot stockholders.


 



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"Buckwheat Zydeco" appeasing the noise gods at the Strand Theater in Rockland Saturday night.

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"Missy B II", all 114 feet of her, heads for the open sea after a couple of expensive days at the Camden Town Dock. She rents for $65,000 per week (plus expenses).

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"Golden Boy II" moved in to take her place. Somewhere, probably down in Florida, there is a great big cookie cutter stamping these things out.

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"Misty" spent two days tied up on one side of the harbor and now has spent two more on the other side. It seems to Uncle Jack that it would be a lot cheaper to stay in a hotel.

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Rockport's landmark "Yellow House" is in transition from art gallery to retail wine store. Burgundy would be almost as eye-catching.

posted by Uncle Jack at 10:30 AM

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Saturday, September 8, 2007
VIPs sail on "Olad" Saturday September 8, 2007

     Friday was another glorious fall day in Camden, perfect for a cruise out into Penobscot Bay on a windjammer.  Mrs. U.J. and her guest, the nationally-known, prize-winning children's book author Suzanne Tate of Nags Head, North Carolina chose the schooner "Olad" for their trip this morning.  Actually they chose the schooner "Lazy Jack" but for some reason "Lazy Jack" did not sail this morning which is why Uncle Jack failed to capture their departure on video this morning.  By the time he found out which boat they were on it was too late. You can take his word for it, though.  They went out on the Olad and had a wonderful time.


     There was lots of activity at the Wayfarer boatyard yesterday involving some distinguished yachts.  Uncle Jack got pictures of some of the action which he has posted below. 


      Friday evening they treated themselves to dinner at the famous Lobster Pound restaurant in Lincolnville Beach, a little waterfront town about six miles up the road from Camden.  The Lobster Pound has been in business in the same building and operated by the same family for over 80 years.  Their secret?  Excellent food at a reasonable price with good service and a lovely view of Penobscot Bay from nearly every table.  Nothing to it. Even locals eat there.



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The classic yacht "Cuilan" passed by after refueling at Wayfarer Marine. She was built in Scotland in 1970 and is distinguished by her varnished wooden hull and her exquisite woodwork. She wins races, too.

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"Heritage" leaves Camden Harbor in a cloud of smoke. You can see why the sailboat people call these motor yachts "stinkpots".

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Whew. Good riddance.

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Wayfarer's traveling crane hauled the 70-foot Hinckley "Patriot" this morning. She was built in 2002 and could be yours for a mere $5,300,000.

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Here she is from a different angle, getting a quick wash before being lowered onto blocks next to "Coconut" in the yard.

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"Carl Linne" is safely up on blocks. She takes up a lot of room in the Wayfarer lot and gets lots of careful scrutiny from passersby.

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North Carolina tourists approaching the Lobster Pound restaurant in Lincolnville Beach.

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Yummy.

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Sunrise over Camden harbor, 6:25 a.m. Saturday September 8, 2007. Another pretty day in store.

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Schooner "Olad" in full sail.

posted by Uncle Jack at 7:02 AM

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Thursday, September 6, 2007
Big boat doings. Wednesday September 6, 2007

     Once again the Maine sun has risen gloriously into a sky containing just enough clouds to produce a visual extravaganza.  Uncle Jack and his little Sony labored mightily to record it and the partially satisfactory results are viewable below.


    Yesterday was another near-perfect entry in the cavalcade of  flawless weather that has marched through mid-coast Maine for over a week now.  There was much to see yesterday, too, as several spectacular yachts arrived in Camden harbor and Wayfarer Marine undertook to pluck one of the largest from the water and deposit it high and dry on blocks for minor repairs to its hull. Uncle Jack made a series of four short videos of the entire fascinating procedure and put them up on YouTube for those who are interested in this sort of thing.  If you would like to check them out go to YouTube.com and type "Carl Linne Gets a Lift I" into the search bar.  You should be able to find "II", "III" and "IV" in the same way.  Or you can simply click on the YouTube link below to take you to the first video.


     The subject is the magnificent yacht "Carl Linne" which some readers will recognize as the un-Latinized form of the name of the great Swedish taxonomer and scientist Carolus Linnaeus. When it was launched in Holland in 2003 it was named "Christoffel's Lighthouse" by the first owner but last year it was sold (to an Italian according to Google) who renamed it for reasons unknown.  The present skipper is a Mexican gentleman named Rodrigo Olson who should feel right at home on a boat named for a famous Swede. (Uncle Jack's bosom swells with pride, too).  "Carl Linne" is already well known and greatly admired in yachting circles and it was a thrill to watch her being gently lifted from her element yesterday by the highly skilled workers at Wayfarer Marine.


    Uncle Jack has been keeping an eye on that storm out in the Atlantic which appears to pose a possible threat to the beaches of South Nags Head.  He would appreciate it if readers would keep him informed if it does eventually make its presence felt. 


    Have a great day wherever you are.



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Morning twilight. 5:20 a.m. Uncle Jack's reward for not needing much sleep any more.

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5:30 a.m. A lobsterman passes by on his way out to the bay.

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A passing jetliner crosses the "T" as the sun peeks out from behind the trees on Eaton Point. 6:04 a.m.

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The 105-foot, c. 90 ton Carl Linne is almost too big for the Wayfarer's traveling crane to handle. Almost but not quite.

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With her towering mast still attached and a brisk wind blowing it is no easy task to get the boat to stay where it belongs so the traveler can get a proper grip on it.

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Up she comes. The Carl Linne has a rectractable keel which can be raised and lowered hydraulically. It's in its "up" position here.

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In order to clear the ground the boat must be raised to the highest possible position on the traveler. This took a while.

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The boat was rolled to an open spot in the yard and lowered onto props which will hold it up while the work is done. Note the "plumb" bow which is unusual on boats like this.

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Another in the endless stream of fancy diesel burners that have come and gone since Labor Day. Some of the sailboat sailors refer to them as "stinkpots" and rightly so.

link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIAfzs2-Sko

posted by Uncle Jack at 8:46 AM

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Stupefying sunrise, Wednesday September 5, 2007

     The lucky residents of mid-coast Maine, Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. among them, are continuing to enjoy a spate of spectacularly lovely weather that started five days ago and shows no sign of ending any time soon. The sun rose into a cloudless sky at 6:03 this morning and the temperature is expected to rocket up into the mid-60's by noon.


     To paraphrase Nancy Sinatra "these days are made for walking" and that is how they have spent much of their time this week.  Camden itself is made for walking with lots of ups and downs, most of them fairly gentle, and much to look at and enjoy.


     Uncle Jack thought the harbor traffic would slow after Windjammer Weekend and Labor Day but he was wrong.  The mega-yachts are stacked up like cordwood at Wayfarer Marine as well as at the town docks just as they were in July and August.  Sooner or later the cooler weather will take its toll but right now the cruising season seems to be in full swing.


     Yesterday's sunrise was so incredibly beautiful that he made up a photo montage of it for the Village Soup, the local online newspaper.  You can access it by clicking on the link below. The pictures herewith were taken in the last couple of days either from the deck or on our daily walks. 


     Uncle Jack is trying to digest the news that the Outer Banks is soon to be anointed with the Starbucks imprimatur.  Apparently the bean counters at that ubiquitous chain have ascertained that the critical mass of fools willing to part with four bucks for a cup of coffee has been reached in the Southern Shores area.  Could they possibly be right?  He doesn't want to think about it.


    Have a nice day wherever you are.



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5:30 a.m. today. Morning twilight.

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6:03 sunrise, a half hour before it happens on the Outer Banks. The osprey are out in force already. They don't have the luxury of Starbucks for breakfast.

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The itty bitty 100-foot "Island Traveler" tries to sneak by the 144-foot "Four Wishes" yesterday. Uncle Jack got his wish when the "Four Wishes" finally departed after four days of blocking his view of the outer harbor.

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Say goodbye to El Encanto and its five bicycles, two jet skis and seven fishing poles. Never a dull moment on Encanto.

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There's always something blooming in Camden to challenge Uncle Jack's respiratory system.

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They discovered a small public park yesterday whence the Curtis Island light may be seen. It's at the entrance to Camden harbor. The launch is from the cruise ship "American Spirit" anchored nearby.

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And there it is. They talked with a couple from Biloxi, MS in the park who had paid $8000 for a week on this tub. They were very unhappy campers.

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Monday evening they walked to the Wayfarer Marine yard to look at a gorgeous sailboat called the "Carl Linne" (named for the great taxonomer) but couldn't get a picture of it. Had to settle for this sunset.

link: http://www.villagesoup.com//guestcolumns/story.cfm?storyID=99180

posted by Uncle Jack at 7:20 AM

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Monday, September 3, 2007
Windjammer Weekend III, Monday September 3, 2007

     Mother Nature smiled benevolently on Windjammer Weekend this year by providing three almost perfect days for the many and varied planned events to take place.  (She must be in a very good humor because the forecast for the next four days shows only smiley faces day and night with highs in the mid-70's).


     For Uncle Jack the highlight of yesterday's nautical extravaganza was the boatbuilding competition in which teams of contestants of all ages are given time and materials to construct plywood vessels which they then race around a course laid out in the harbor. It was a joy to watch the enthusiasm and joie de vivre of the competitors as they plunged, first into the boatbuilding and later into the water.  The race was not a pretty sight but it produced a barrel of laughs and a very exciting finish in which a mother-daughter team beat out a couple of grown men (well maybe not fully grown) from the USS Oak Hill (LSD 51).  The whole operation was simultaneously hilarious and heartwarming as the pictures can only suggest.


    Windjammer Weekend is over for another year but Uncle Jack is already hoping that he can be in Camden for the 14th next year.  It was a blast.


    He hopes you all are enjoying a happy Labor Day weekend wherever you are.  He is personally looking forward to not going back to work tomorrow for the first time in many, many years. He be retired and it's wonderful.



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This morning's sunrise over Camden harbor at about 6 a.m. A half-dozen osprey were out looking for breakfast already.

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The schooner "Olad" led the parade of boats around the harbor Sunday afternoon.

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A rare sight in Camden harbor---an actual working fishing boat. This one is equipped with a pumping device for sucking fish out of fish traps. Not very romantic but functional nonetheless.

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A few of the twenty or so boats contestants nailed and glued together Sunday afternoon for the Great Race.

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At the starting gate. Each boat had to carry two people which turned out to be a little too much for some of them.

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And they're off! The mother-daughter team in the left foreground were the eventual winners. The boat with the flag is already sinking.

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These two were the youngest contestants. They hadn't quite mastered the art of paddling and finished next-to-last but drew thunderous acclaim from the audience for their pluck.

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During the boatbuilding phase this talented group of musicians dressed in period costumes serenaded the crowd with sea chanteys.

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This lawn chair in Uncle Jack's neighborhood gets a new decoration every day. This is how it looked yesterday.

posted by Uncle Jack at 7:29 AM

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Sunday, September 2, 2007
'Jammin' in Camden, Sunday September 2, 2007
     Windjammer Weekend continued into its second day yesterday and what a marvelous day it turned out to be.  The weather was flawless and all the scheduled events went off without a hitch including the exciting Chowder Cook-off. Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. couldn't get around to see everything but here are some pictorial highlights of the day:


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They started the day with a visit to the Farmers' market where the entertainment was a little more exotic than usual. Mrs. U.J. shopped for veggies while Uncle Jack took the opportunity to learn more about this arcane dance form.

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For those who have not yet developed an appreciation of the higher forms of artistic expression the Market provided wagon rides yesterday. Uncle Jack passed.

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The Lincolnville Civic Band has been playing since 1870 which may explain why they sounded a bit tired on this rendition of Glenn Miller's "String of Pearls". A very good band, though, for a tiny town like Lincolnville.

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The magnificent "Whitehawk" left Camden around noon yesterday. She is a 105 foot Bruce King-designed ketch built in Maine by Renaissance Yachts in 1978. You, too, can rent her for only $35,000 per week.

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Day Two ended with a delightful concert by Aztec Two-Step (Rex Fowler and Neal Shuman) at the opera house. Uncle Jack had never heard of them but now he knows why they are so greatly loved by those who can't afford Simon and Garfunkel. They are terrific.

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Day Three of Windjammer Weekend started like this at 5:45 a.m.

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Fifteen minutes later it looked like this. The beginning of what the weatherman says will be a perfect day for the Pie Bake-Off and the Boatbuilding Race, not to mention the Parade of Boats around the harbor at 4 p.m. Pictures at eleven.

posted by Uncle Jack at 7:29 AM

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Saturday, September 1, 2007
Windjammer Weekend-I, Saturday September 1, 2007

     The first day of Windjammer Weekend, Camden's annual salute to the ships that have played such an important role in the town's history, started in thick fog that enveloped the harbor at dawn and ended with a short but impressive burst of fireworks at 9 p.m.  The afternoon parade of Maine's finest "tall ships" into the crowded harbor was an unforgettable sight for landlubbers like Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J.


    The celebration continues today and tomorrow with numerous events on the town landing and in Waterfront Park including a boatbuilding contest, music concerts and much more. The clouds and fog of yesterday have blown away and it's a beautiful day for round two. Pictures at 11.



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The magnificent "Victory Chimes", 107 years old this year, eclipses the plastic yacht "Four Winds" as she enters the harbor pushed and pulled by several yawl boats. She has no engine.

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At 170 feet she is the largest of the visiting ships and the only one with three masts. She once belonged to Tom Monaghan, the Domino's Pizza founder, who spent a small fortune restoring her back in the 80's.

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"Heritage" looks old but is the newest of the wooden windjammers, launched in 1983. To Uncle Jack's eyes she was the prettiest ship in the harbor.

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A diesel engine was eschewed in favor of more room and comfort for passengers. Unlike the older boats Heritage was designed from the keel up to carry passengers.

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As the attractive young lady at the helm of the J. and E. Riggin's yawl boat demonstrates, you don't have to be a macho guy to push big boats around these days.

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By 6 p.m. the harbor was jammed with 'jammers and people who came to ogle them. It was a colorful sight for sure.

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Here they are from a different angle. The harbormaster did a great job of fitting all the pieces of this puzzle together.

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"Victory Chimes" at dawn Saturday, ready to get back to work hauling passengers around Penobscot Bay from Rockland.

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The proprietor of this gift shop on Main Street must have had a trying day.

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Sunrise at 5:30 this morning. Three months ago it came up at around 4:45. Fall is rapidly approaching.

posted by Uncle Jack at 8:48 AM

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Except for short hiatus in Baltimore Uncle Jack has lived in Nags Head for over 45 years. He was a columnist for the Outer Banks Current and its successor, the Outer Banks Sentinel, for 20 years. A collection of his columns is available from Amazon Kindle under the title Uncle Jack's Outer Banks. He and Mrs. Uncle Jack, aka Sue, live in South Nags Head whence he observes and sometimes comments on the passing parade.
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