Just when we thought our ScoutFleet adventure was over and
we had returned home to York, PA from the Adirondacks, we were
invited by Ship 548 of Avenue, MD to help them bring their vessel SSTV
SEA EAGLE back to the Chesapeake from Staten Island, NY. SEA EAGLE had
become disabled leaving New York Harbor at the conclusion of the ScoutFleet
weekend, and repairs had just now been completed. We in Ship 25 jumped
at the chance to get some more sea time and make new friends.
SEA EAGLE is the largest of the Sea Scout vessels in the Chesapeake Flotilla
Wardroom. She is schooner rigged with berths for 11 Sea Scouts and a
very reliable diesel engine.
A view aft from SEA EAGLE's bowsprit as she plows her way down the Atlantic
Ocean off the New Jersey coast.
Ship 25's boatswain, Tim, enjoyed riding the waves on the bowsprit.
National Capital Area Squadron Commodore and Ship 548 Skipper, Doug Yeckley,
gives his Ernest Hemmingway "Old Man of the Sea" imitation.
Our Tim looks nonchalant as the coastline begins to fade away in the
The whole cruise crew: Sara (NCAC and Ship 548 Boatswain), ?, Dave, Chris, our Adam,
Mikey, Tim, their Adam, Commodore Yeckley, Mate Bill Leonard, and Skipper
Tim and Adam soon gained a reputation for being night owls who liked to
sleep in the next morning. Oh well - someone has to enjoy the midwatch.
Adam standing lookout duty.
Tim cogitates on the best way to catch a few crabs for dinner.
No crabs yet, but Tim gives the "thumbs up" sign to signal that the
stew is ready.
The cruise gave us a chance to see some really big ocean-going ships up close.
On our first morning in the Chesapeake Bay, the water was like a looking-glass.
Adam enjoys the view from the bow pulpit.
Adam also enjoys the last of the CHEEZE-ITS while taking his trick at the
helm. Besides, we needed the container to store our growing collection
of dead flies.
Tim has success at last! His crab made the mistake of
thinking Slim Jim's were tastier than chicken necks. Tim took pity on
the poor crab, though, and turned him loose.
Tim and Adam discuss their plans to handle the bow lines as we enter Cuckold
Creek on the Patuxent River at the end of our journey.
Adam contemplates trying out for the swimsuit issue of Sea Scout Magazine.
Some statistics of interest from the log of the SSS YORKSHIRE
with respect to this cruise: