We Are Off Again On The Long Beach Water Taxi. . .  


Sailing The Bounding Main  

Another Adventure Is Unfolding (Page One)

We are off on another "adventure" on the high seas.  This trip has Nancy, Benjamin (Nancy's Grandson), Irene, Greg, Brian, Jan, and us fighting sea monsters and other denizens of the deep!! Join the fun... It was just like Gilligan's Island... without the storm!

Thank you Aqualink! Your service is much appreciated and your equipment and staff is first rate! Being "up in years", the staff was really helpful and always with a smile!

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Thank you Pat for letting us in a few minutes early.  You and your staff are top notch! No wonder we like coming to your establishment every week and celebrating friendship.

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The day was so clear you could see Hawaii in the distance... OK, Catalina

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Our Monday night haunt! A nice place to start

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Irene and Sue settle in to await the others...

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Brian and Jan join us soon thereafter...
They had been walking for a long time as they parked by the Boathouse. They were...

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Thirsty!   Slurp... Burp... Gurgle!

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Grandma Nancy and Benjamin on their way!

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The unofficial greeter awaits!

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They made it!

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Brian is on his fifth wine... Not really!   Only four!

Did You Know? - Low-alcohol beer (also called light beer, non-alcoholic beer, small beer, small ale, or near-beer) is beer with low alcohol content or no alcohol, which aims to reproduce the taste of beer without the inebriating effects of standard alcoholic brews. Most low-alcohol beers are lagers, but there are some low-alcohol ales.

In the United States, beverages containing less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) were legally called non-alcoholic, according to the now-defunct Volstead Act. Because of its very low alcohol content, non-alcoholic beer may be legally sold to minors in many American states.

In the United Kingdom, the following definitions apply by law:
No alcohol or alcohol-free: not more than 0.05% ABV
Dealcoholised: over 0.05% but less than 0.5% ABV
Low-alcohol: not more than 1.2% ABV

In some parts of the European Union, beer must contain no more than 0.5% ABV if it is labelled "alcohol-free".

In Australia, the term "light beer" refers to any beer with less than 3% alcohol.

September 2nd 2016 Water Taxi Adventure

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and we all sang....
She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes!

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We hailed the captain telling him NOT to leave without us!

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The captain got all tied up!

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Eek! We could end up on a deserted island together like Gilligan's Island!

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We are lost and we have not left the docl yet! Sounds about right!

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Big smile.... It's going to be a group mug shot!
We also took a vote and Benjamin gets to be the Captain for this adventure....

Did You Know? - "The captain goes down with the ship" is an idiom and maritime tradition that a sea captain holds ultimate responsibility for both his ship and everyone embarked on it, and that in an emergency, he will either save them or die trying. Although often associated with the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 and its captain, Edward J. Smith, the phrase predates the Titanic by at least 11 years.

In most instances the captain of the ship forgoes his own rapid departure of a ship in distress, and concentrates instead on saving other people. It often results in either the death or belated rescue of the captain as the last person on board.

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"That will be a pound and four pence!"

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"Benjamin, can you swim?"

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A true "Water Taxi"

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Brian does the unexpected...

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A Story For Your Amazement - Mary Celeste (often misreported as Marie Celeste) was an American merchant brigantine, discovered adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Azores Islands, on December 5, 1872. The Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia found her in a dishevelled but seaworthy condition, under partial sail, and with her lifeboat missing.

The last entry in her log was dated ten days earlier. She had left New York City for Genoa on November 7, and on discovery was still amply provisioned. Her cargo of denatured alcohol was intact, and the captain's and crew's personal belongings were undisturbed. None of those who had been on board were ever seen or heard from again.

Mary Celeste was built in Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia and launched under British registration as Amazon, in 1861. She transferred to American ownership and registration in 1868, when she acquired her new name, and thereafter sailed uneventfully until her 1872 voyage. At the salvage hearings in Gibraltar, following her recovery, the court's officers considered various possibilities of foul play, including mutiny by Mary Celeste's crew, piracy by the Dei Gratia crew or others, and conspiracy to carry out insurance or salvage fraud. No convincing evidence was found to support these theories, but unresolved suspicions led to a relatively low salvage award.

The inconclusive nature of the hearings helped to foster continued speculation as to the nature of the mystery, and the story has repeatedly been complicated by false detail and fantasy. Hypotheses that have been advanced include the effects on the crew of alcohol fumes rising from the cargo, submarine earthquakes (seaquakes), waterspouts, attacks by giant squid, and paranormal intervention.

After the Gibraltar hearings, Mary Celeste continued in service under new owners. In 1885, her captain deliberately wrecked her off the coast of Haiti, as part of an attempted insurance fraud.

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"Wow! That was a whopper!"

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"It's the truth! Really"

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Spotted on the starboard bow.... NOT a ghost ship!

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Goodbye Malarkey's... See you in a few hours!

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The Yacht Club floats bye

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All quiet this early in the day but wait until later...

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Out of the harbor we go!

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The last view of civilization

Remember: "He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea." - George Herbert

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Whoosh... A surge of power and we are off like a rocket!

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"Yo... Please take my picture... Please!!"

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Long Beach in the distance

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We are slowed to a stop..... Oops, it's the rudder angle!

Did You Know? - A helmsman or helm is a person who steers a ship, sailboat, submarine, other type of maritime vessel, or spacecraft. On small vessels, particularly privately owned noncommercial vessels, the functions of skipper and helmsman may be combined in one person.

On larger vessels, there is a separate officer of the watch, who is responsible for the safe navigation of the ship and gives orders to the helmsman.

In the merchant marine, the person at the helm is usually an able seaman, particularly during ship arrivals, departures, and while maneuvering in restricted waters or other conditions requiring precise steering. An ordinary seaman is commonly restricted to steering in open waters. Moreover, military ships may have a seaman or quartermaster at the helm.

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It was a magnificent day.... Just perfect for the adventure!

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Time to share!

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One of the four "Oil Island" in the harbor... Named after the Apollo One Astronauts

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The drilling rig is on rollers and moves to all of the
many drilling locations on the island as needed

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Oops! Wrong ome!

Did You Know? - This was the first of two films in which Powell and Skelton co-starred. It is considered a lesser effort on both actors' behalf, however the film is chiefly remembered today for including Frank Sinatra, who appears in an uncredited performance as a singer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

The movie also is credited with one of the most unusual displays of dance on screen for a sequence in which Powell's character, needing to communicate a message to a (real) US agent in the audience of one of her shows, manages to tap out the message in morse code. (Reportedly, Powell taps genuine code during the performance.)

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The Carnival is preparing the leave in a few hours and head to Mexico

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The Queen sits back and watches all the coming and goings!

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What a difference in design!

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Parkers Lighthouse sits across form the Rainbow Harbor Lightouse

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Great view from the top!

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Pulling in to civilization!

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Another successful adventure

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Paul calls the restaurant and makes arrangements

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Paul silly! He is taking the pictures

Remember: "Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." - Unknown Author

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