Evacuation of 500,000 people from Lower Manhattan on 9/11 by boat
Following the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, a problem faced by many New Yorkers was how to get home.
I remember pictures of people walking across bridges and other images of mass migration as people tried to get home.
The boat lift of half a million people from Lower Manhattan was done by a volunteer civilian flotilla that just showed up when the call went out. The flotilla just materialized when the Coast Guard put out a Marine Assistance Broadcast asking any vessels that could help, to please report to Lower Manhattan to help evacuate stranded commuters.
District 13 Special Notice To Mariners
Need to know how to contact the Coast Guard, either by phone or VHF radio? Or what to do in an emergency on the water?
Never fear, there is a FREE guide from the District 13 Coast Guard, covering these and many other safety questions in their Special Notice To Mariners.
The Special Notice to Mariners is available as a free PDF download that you can print your self. The Special Notice is updated yearly to keep it current.
Chapter I covers Emergency Procedures, who to call and how, preparing to be towed, how to operate Coast Guard Dropable Pumps, Helicopter Evacuation Procedures, and other information that could save the life of you or your crew.
Three stopper knots for your boat
Here are three different stopper knots for use on your sailboat. The Figure Eight Stopper Knot is probably the most popular Stopper Knot in use, named as it looks like a Figure 8, it’s in every sailing book. The Figure Eight can also be tied slippery as a temporary stopper knot to help keep lines from dragging in the water.
The Double Figure Eight Stopper Knot looks like the Ashley knot #522 – which he calls a Stevedore Knot (use this in slippery lines when a high load is expected). The last Stopper Knot is my favorite Stopper Knot, I learned it from an instructor at the J World San Diego Sailing School when I was first stating to sail.
Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a Lighthouse looks like?
The Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle is open for FREE tours most Weekends from the first weekend in June to the last weekend in August (Current Tour Information). The hours of operation are 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm with the last tour starting around 3:30 pm to 3:40 pm. The tours are conducted by volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Alki Point Lighthouse is located in the back yard of the residence of the Commander of the 13th District of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard 13th District covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Continue reading
A dock line in need of washing
Washing the lines and halyard that have been exposed to the elements over the winter is one of my spring rites of getting the boat ready for another sailing season.
Washing lines can make them easier to handle, extend their useful life and they look better, especially in an area like Puget Sound where green stuff tends to grow on any lines left exposed to the elements over the winter.
The Schooner Adventuress waiting at the dock for us to board
Last fall I had a chance to sail on the Schooner Adventuress when the Mountaineers Sailing Group chartered it for an evening sail and potluck in Elliot Bay. Here are some of my observations and a few pictures from that trip.
2013 marks the 100 birthday of the grand old lady, she was designed by B. B. Crowninshield and built by the Rice Brothers Shipyard in East Boothbay, Main.
Sailing on the Adventuress is a bit different than a regular recreational sail boat. First there is the size and weight. The Adventuress Length on the deck is 101 feet and 133 feet overall with a 21 foot beam with a rig height of 110 feet (this means the main Halyard is something over 460 feet long as it uses a 4:1 block and tackle system on the main halyard, making coiling the halyards a real chore).
Seattle Water, Boating Regulations & Information
Being stopped by the Harbor Patrol is one of those things very few people look forward to. To help avoid unwanted attention from the Seattle Harbor Patrol, they have produced a booklet covering Seattle area Regulations & Information for local boaters.
The FREE 19 page booklet covers things like marine speed limits in the Seattle area, anchoring (where and for how long), Bridges, Marine Ordinances (very important what not to do), Diving, Water skiing and more.
The booklet is being given out by the Seattle Harbor Patrol as well as Coast Guard Auxiliary members at some public events.
New Slippery Cell-Phone
When I got my new smarter than I am Cell-Phone I was worried about dropping it overboard. The new phone did not have any attachment points like my previous Cell-Phone and was quite slick.
Talking to the salesman he pointed out a carrier that clipped on the cell-Phone and had a clip for a pocket or belt. When I looked at the two piece carrier, the part that clips onto the cell-Phone itself had an area that I thought I could drill a pair of holes in and attach a piece of waxed whipping twine that could be used to attach to a neck lanyard.