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Ernestina Logbook Page

Member Transit
New Bedford State Pier to Norwalk, CT

September 4-5, 2003

The track on the chart image above shows the path of our two day run from New Bedford to Norwalk, CT. We stopped midway at the 65 mile mark to anchor off West Harbor, Fishers Island on the first evening just in time for dinner to wait out the foul tide. We got underway again at 0130 early the 5th to continue on with an extra 2.5 knot boost on account of the current!

By noontime we were off Greens Ledge at the entrance to Norwalk, CT where we tacked back and forth several times to give the Harbormaster and photographers time to come out for some great photos and to escort us in the narrow channel.

The channel in to Norwalk is fairly long and there are places where Ernestina pushed along with the keel just touching the channel bottom. We kept moving up the channel fine, however, until we swung around to come alongside the dock. There we couldn't work sideways against the shallows and simply waited for the tide to continue coming in (there is a 7' range).

You can see from the photos below that we got some pushboat assistance from the Schooner Quinnipiak who were also there along with the Phoenix, both New Haven boats.

Great transit! We had a great group of crew and members aboard!

Program Coordinator: Patrick Merrill
Captain: Gregg Swanzey

We would like to thank Lotus and IBM for donation of software, hardware and funding to enable regular electronic updates from the ship.

NOAA Chart is provided courtesy of Maptech using Cruising Navigator 4.3 and grabbing the image using Grabit Pro 6.02.

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Copyright 1997-2003
Schooner Ernestina
89 North Water Street, P.O. Box 2010, New Bedford, MA 02741-2010
phone 508.992.4900 -- fax 508.984.7719

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