We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Wonderful guy,and wonderful boat. I can't help but notice everyone wearing PFDs when there is no need, etc. It could happen here (US)....Nanny states abound, but having lived elsewhere, I find them abhorrent.
The Attack On Orleans: When World War I Hit Cape Cod
"It’s a lazy, kind of lackadaisical Sunday morning," said Jake Klim, author of "Attack on Orleans." "It was super hot. It was hazy, there was a little bit of fog in the air. Off the coast, about two to three miles off the coast, a tugboat named the Perth Amboy was chugging south along Cape Cod, tugging four barges."
And then — out of nowhere — the Great War, which was raging thousands of miles away across Europe, arrived on our shore.
"Right around 10:30, a deckhand on the Perth Amboy sees something either skimming across the water or flying across the water," Klim said.
After a second something skimmed past, he spied a grey mass emerging form the water — a German U-Boat, with the Perth Amboy and its four barges square in it’s sights.
"Just as he’s about to yell, 'submarine,' a third projectile comes screaming though the sky and crashes right into the pilothouse," Klim said.
The SM U-156 continued the shelling as the 32 men women and children aboard the five ships scrambled into lifeboats. First responders, even regular folks rushed into boats to help hasten their evacuation.
That boat is fine if you like varnishing and Brasso more than sailing. But I like fiberglass over wood for the deck and hull, stainless and aluminum over brass or bronze for the fittings and spars, and polyester and nylon over cotton and hemp for sails and cordage. I maintain my boat with a hose, not a paintbrush. It’s no tragedy if one of my guests has some grit in the tread of their sneakers, or spills a beer in the salon when the boat tacks.