Over the weekend of 6-8 August 2004, Ship 25 was privileged to be the
guest of Sea Scout Ship EAGLE, Ship 198, at their sea base in Milton, DE
near Rehoboth Beach. This also gave us the chance to reunite with our crewmember Amanda G. who spends her summers at her family's summer
home in Rehoboth.
We departed York, PA about 1430, having been delayed by various matters
(aren't we always?),
and arrived at Amanda's about 1830. By the time everyone said their
"hellos" and got caught up on summer vacation stories, it was
about 1930 when we got to Ship 198's base at Mate Bill Sharp's farm off
Route 1 on the Broadkiln River. Mate Bill and Skipper Al Herman
were there to meet us. They gave us palatial accommodations, the boys
onboard SSTV SWAN, and the girls onboard SSTV FANTASY. Our crew
consisted of Skipper, CJ, Leah, Drew, Amanda, Mike, Isaiah, and new recruit
Next it was off to Crabby Dick's infamous restaurant on Route 1 for a
delicious seafood dinner.
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Amanda and Leah model the new Sea Scout covers found at Crabby Dick's.
In an amazing reversal of opinion, the national Sea Scout committee after a
thorough review has decided to go with VERY traditional uniforms and bring
back the 1700's era Sea Scout hats with very large bugs.
Recognizing the sort of crew they were dealing with, Crabby Dick found it
necessary to post a cautionary notice on the wall. Note also the early
Sea Scout recruiting poster in the lower right, with the typo errors.
It should have read, "Gee, I wish I were a land Scout ~ then I could
switch to Sea Scouts and have some REAL fun!"
Why is this man smiling? Because he's a former land Scout who made
Why is this girl smiling? Because she knows that Sea Scouts HAVE MORE
Drew and Amanda share a laugh. Did you know that Budweiser actually means "Sea
Scouts" in Swedish? I didn't either, but that's what they told
Unbeknownst to Drew (or anyone else for that matter) the Crabby Dick's staff
decided it was Drew's birthday and honored the occasion by giving him an
extra desert. Here Anita Crab and the head waiter share in the joy of
Drew seems a little hesitant about getting a
kiss from Anita on his 16.833rd birthday.
Never one to miss a Sea Scout recruiting opportunity, Amanda attempts to
sign up one of the other patrons at Crabby Dick's. Perhaps they got
along so well because they both like pink.
It's probably disreputable-looking sailors like Isaiah and Zach that causes
Crabby Dick's to post an additional cautionary message on the bulkhead.
Their spirits refreshed at Crabby Dick's, the crew decided it was now a fine
time for a midnight swim in the Broadkiln River. Here Amanda shows off
the fashion sense that has made her famous.
Drew is fearless when it comes to swimming in a river noted for it's eels
and snapping turtles.
After the midnight swim, the crew decided it was time to watch the moon rise
over Dewey Beach south of Rehoboth. Here Amanda instructs Drew in the
Girl Scout skill of making smores over a butane grill lighter, since fires
are not allowed on Dewey Beach. Amanda is a very resourceful girl.
THE NEXT DAY
The boys wake up the ladies onboard FANTASY. Why are girls always the
last ones up?
Then it was into the speedboats REEL SHARP and AARDVARK for a high speed run
down the Broadklin River to The Lighthouse Restaurant for breakfast.
While having breakfast on the LIghthouse Restaurant deck, we happened to
notice a nice power yacht tied up on the other side of the canal.
Probably belongs to once of those fancy West Coast Sea Scout ships. (To
read the full story of the motor yacht ANDIAMO, click
Back at the EAGLE Sea Base, Drew, Isaiah, and Zach contemplate their next
For Drew and Zach, it was trying to see how fast they could get the AARDVARK
The answer is: with a 90 hp motor, up on plane AARDVARK will do almost
Drew and Zack look pretty happy. Ah, the "need for speed."
So where can one go at high speed on the Broadkiln River?
Answer: if you go UP river, you arrive at the village of Milton,
DE. What's in Milton, DE you ask? Answer: one of the best
ice cream parlors in the world. Did we get any ice cream? Need
Of course if you can go UP the river, you can also go DOWN the river, in
this case to Roosevelt Inlet on Delaware Bay and then out to the inner
breakwater wall, where we found these two dolphins, the original Sea Scouts,
enjoying a fine summer day. Then it was down the Atlantic shore of
Cape Henlopen past Fort Miles almost to Rehoboth and back. On the
return trip, the ocean swells and a good wind combined to give AARDVARK
substantial air time off the top of each wave. The motion of boats was
such that no photos of the boats could be taken, so you'll just have to
image AARDVARK flying along with Sea Scouts and boat suspended in
mid-air. The landings, of course, were rough, but that's why Sea
Scouts are tough.
"Okay, Mr. DeMille - I'm ready for my close up now."
Actually, this is our Boatswain Leah, getting ready for the Toga Party.
Amanda and Leah talk girl talk, while our Sea Scout INTEL department
attempts to intercept and translate.
Remember that crane in the background of the EAGLE Sea Base photo
above? Well, Sea Scouts can get high on simple pleasures, like crane
jumping. What is crane jumping you ask? Well, it's simple.
First, as Zach demonstrates here, you stand on a platform suspended beneath
Next you have the crane operator lift you up to the top of the crane, or as
high as you feel comfortable.
Then you jump. (into deep water, of course)
Voila! One of the many reasons Sea Scouts have more fun. Are we
nuts? Yes, probably.
Other high flyers include:
And Amanda. Boy, that girl can fly!
How high can you fly? Isaiah runs our altitude measurement department,
and scientifically records the angle of each drop. With trigonometry,
you could calculate ..... (oh, forget it - this is vacation!!)
What better way to celebrate an evening on the Broadkiln than with water
skiing! As if we Sea Scouts couldn't get enough of the water.
Here, Mike demonstrates the aquatic skill that has made him famous.
Was there more to the weekend? Yes, but as Mike tells our roving Sea
Scout Action News Reporter, "You Had to Be There."