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Artist Continued from page 32 ternoon at the mouth of Raccoon Creek on the New Jersey side op- posite Marcus Hook. The silhou- ette of the refineries against the setting sun created a view of sur- prising beauty. As artists, we soon learned that this was to be a voyage of obser- vation, picture taking and inspira- tion. There was little time to get out painting equipment and actu- ally spend time painting. We were quickly incorporated into the working crew. We stood regular four-hour watches, checking bilges, recording weather infor- mation, recording readings from the engine room and galley gauges, as well as from radar on the hour or half-hour as required. At anchor, we checked our posi- tion just as regularly by compass as well as radar to ensure that we were not dragging anchor. Every morning there were chores to do right after breakfast. I can assure you that there is no cleaner environment than that of a sailing ship. While one watch cleaned the heads (toilets), the others did boat checks, washed pots and pans in the galley or scrubbed the deck. Cleaning the head wasn't just scrubbing the toi- let with disinfectant; it meant the whole room - walls and ceilings as well. The floors were mopped in all living and working spaces. No food or drink other than water was allowed below deck except in the galley. There it was strictly con- trolled by the cook. When provi- sions came on board, everything was removed from boxes on the dock in order to keep unwanted guests off the ship. We soon learned another lesson about historic fishing schooners. There is no power-driven machin- ery to ease the work. Leaving Raccoon Creek on Tuesday morn- ing, we had to turn the windlass by manual power. Six crew mem- bers were required to keep it mov- ing.. When the anchor was finally secured to the'gunwale, we got underway. Wind conditions and the narrow shipping channel forced us to motor down the river and through the C & D Canal. During this leg of the trip, most of us managed to do some sketching as well as take pictures of river traffic, Fort Delaware and other items of interest. In many ways, as you see New Castle from the wa- ter, you can imagine that it didn't look much different in the 19th century. Lying at anchor We anchored at the mouth of the Sassafras River. Everyone on board was impressed with how much cleaner the waters of the Chesapeake are than the Delaware River. Lori the cook was a master of culinary delight. Fried chicken, pasta, prime rib, fresh vegetables, and salad, with sumptuous desserts for dinner. A variety of breakfast treats such as blueberry turnovers, muffins, biscuits, hot and cold cereals, pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages and juices were served. Sandwich makings, left- overs from dinner and other treats made lunch a pleasure. Except in inclement weather, meals were served on deck. After each meal, each person was responsible for washing their own dishes. Wednesday, Capt. Amanda Madeira - yes, a woman captain - got us going early. Chores com- pleted, we weighed anchor and set sail. We raised the foresail and then the jumbo and sailed down the Chesapeake. What a beautiful day! I had the opportunity to go out on the bowsprit. What an awe- some view looking back over the whole ship. During our sail, we met the Lorinda on her way back to Wilmington, and America on her way to Philadelphia. Many small boats circled us to get a look at Ernestina. One of our artists lost her water- color board overboard due to a strong gust of wind. While this was hardly a grave emergency, the captain decided it was a good chance to practice our man-over- board rescue procedures. We all went to our emergency Stations. While the captain brought Ernestina about, we lowered the rescue boat. Within five minutes of the overboard signal, we had picked up the victim and returned the well-soaked paper to the ship and recovered the rescue boat. There was a lot of good fun had at the expense of the embarrassed artist. The afternoon saw us head north to the mouth of the Bohemia River. By now we had learned an- other lesson about historic fishing schooners. There are no showers and no hot or cold running water. I felt like I should stay downwind of everyone. However, I realized that we were all faced with the same problem. Hoses provide relief The hoses used to wash down the deck provided some relief. But, anchored at the mouth of the Bohemia, another option ap- peared. While some tried their hand at rowing a fishing dory, the rest of us threw a life ring over the side and tied it to the ship. Diving into the water and swimming alongside the Ernestina was a spe- cial time in which all the sweat and grime seemed to disappear. After dinner, we celebrated the change from spring to summer with entertainment presented by all willing to participate, talented or not. With thunder moving in, we drifted off to bed. Ernestina has bunks for 36. They are narrow and hard but when you're tired, sleep comes easily. There is no such thing as separate bunkrooms for men and women. Everyone is together. The two heads are in the fishhold, which is the main bunk area. The bunks line the sides of the ship, double decker style: There are no closets. Your possessions share your bunk. There is little privacy except in the head. The rule is that Peter's Episcopal church E.C.W. Outreach Program presents Robert Hoffecker's "The Kalmar Nyckel Visits Lewes" Signed, Limited Edition of 950 Prints $90. each. 50 Artist's Proofs at $160 12 Remarques at $500. Image Size: 15"x 20" Special Offer: Custom Framing & Triple Matting $100 40 Gicl4e Prints at $400. Gid4e Image Size: 21"x 29" From the Canal Bridge in Lewes, your eyes focus upon a beautiful 17th century tall ship replica, the Kalmar Nyckel. Her flagstaff, 105 feet above the water, and the historic town behind it, capture your imagination, transporting you back in time." Proceeds from the sale of this print benefit St. Peter's Church ECW Outreach Program. To place an order, call 302-645-8479. I CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, July 14 - July 20, 2000 . 33 if someone is dressing or chang- ing, others direct their eyes away. Thursday morning was another early start. We motored up the C& D Canal. Upon entering the Delaware, we raised the foresail and the jumbo. Several freighters and tugs passed us on the way north. About 2 p.m., we lowered our sails and moved to our dock- ing location at the port of Wilm- ington. After hot showers, we spent a pleasant evening at the Tall Ship Delaware crab feast and crew competition. Sailors from the United States, Russia, Poland, France, Holland, the Ukraine, etc. participated in friendly but spirit- ed competition. Our crew proudly came away with one of the prizes. I went back to the Ernestina early so that other crew members could attend the feast. As I was standing at the ship's rail, the Kruzenshtern arrived. The setting sun flashed a brilliant light on her masts and spars. Friday morning: Parade of Sail day. I woke early to see a magnif- icent sunrise. A sky filled with reds, golds, greens, brilliant blue and rich lavender reflected off the river. Unfortunately, the vision soon passed away. Cleaning took on a special significance that day - company is coming. We moved up under the bowsprit of Kruzen- shtern to take on passengers. The A.J. Meerwald tied up alongside to receive passengers as well. We welcomed Ernestina's OpSail 2000 sponsor, "Yankee Maga- zine," around 9:30 a.m. Other guests came later. A little idter in the afternoon, the Parade of Sail began. A beauti- ful day of sailing with a fine breeze. As we followed the Russ- ian ship Mir into the Delaware, we set sails. First the mainsail, then the foresail, followed by the jumbo sail. We were not the largest ship in the parade, but I'm convinced there wasn't a prettier sight on the river. Turning back at New Castle and heading north, the end of a perfect sail came all too soon. Continued on page 34 90 DAYSSAMEAS SymboP Comfort Rest 5year ',mnty Twin Set $14,9 Full Set $189 Queen Set $219 SymboP Posture 10 year wanar Twin Set $189 Full set $229 Queen Set $279 SymboP Moonlight 15 year warranty Tn Set $219 Full Set $279 Queen Set $339 King set $499 Restonic* Chirotonic Firm or Plllowtop 111 Mnr N FH Twin Set $339 Full Set $419 Queen set $469 King set $619 Restonic* Sanibel Firm or Pillowtop 15 year N.P.R. Tn set $,369 Full set $439 Queen Set $489 King set $689 Restonic* Radiance Fin. 15 year N.RR. 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