November 17, 2003 - Home!
The guns provide for a load of noise and smoke and a lot of cheers of "Sink Them!!!" All in fun but it does bring back visions of what seafaring might have been like!
It was a bright sunny day with a view of the mountains over 70 miles away!
Pilgrim was a sailing brig (180 tons, 86.5 feet long) engaged in the California
hide trade of the early 19th century. Although just one among many other
ships engaged in the business, the Pilgrim was immortalized by one of her
sailors, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., who wrote the classic account Two Years
Before the Mast about its 1834 voyage between Boston and California.
The Pilgrim was built in 1825 for Boston owners Bryant, Sturgis & Co., and went down in a fire at sea in 1856.
A replica of the vessel was refitted from a 1940s era diesel freighter in the 1970s and became a museum ship in Dana Point, California, the site of some of Dana's adventures. It was used in Amistad, a film directed by Steven Spielberg. Pilgrim also played the notorious "Ghost Galleon" in Power Rangers: Turbo.
"Brown Sails In The Sunset" - Going home after a successful battle is always fun and thinking about a warm drink in even "funnier!"
Back to the safety of Long Beach Harbor and stop at the pub!