Monday, July 23, 2012

Blame Maine

It's not my fault.

You can blame Maine. 
It's HER fault for my long absence!  Just look at that view!  
Such a distraction right there in my back yard!

But, alas, we have returned home to Philly, but then again, that view ain't so bad either!
And that will be a post for another day.  Today, I want to share a rare treat we got to experience this past Saturday before we left Maine.

Our Maine home overlooks Rockport Harbor where Rockport Marine resides.  Over the past three years, they have been restoring an 88 year old 83-foot schooner, Adventuress, that was originally built in Scotland.  Of course, I wasn't aware of this until Saturday when we noticed a crowd gathering in the harbor.  So we trotted ourselves down there, camera in hand of course, to see what was up.

And were we ever in for a treat.  It was the launching of the Adventuress! 



Three large trucks were involved in slowly backing her down the ramp.


The precision of this task just astounded me and I was sorry that I had missed this 70+ ton boat being hauled out of the marina, across a small bridge and down to the park's town ramp a few days earlier.
You can read about that move Here.


It had to be a nerve wrenching task!
 It was for me just watching them back the boat
down the ramp towards what seemed like not enough deep water nor space to pivot the boat
once it was released.


After they had everything lined up, we waited.

We all waited ... for high tide.  
















At 12:30, the tide was as high as it was going to get.
It was time to launch and all were in their places.

 The Adventuress slowly entered the water ...


 slowly ...

 until she finally floats free!  
A roar of applause broke out and canons were fired!
It was awesome!

 But then, it was time to rotate her

 and it seemed there was just enough room.
Whew!

 Isn't she a beautiful boat!

 And I got to watch her first departure from our harbor sitting right there on my front porch!

 See?  
How can a girl get any blogging done with activities and scenes like these!


I hope to catch up with all of you soon and see what's been
going on in your neck of the woods.  
I've missed you!


~ ~ ~


44 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was cool. I admire the restoration work they did and how nice it came out.

TexWisGirl said...

my stomach would be clenched if i was the owner or crew of that vessel! very cool!

bill lisleman said...

That's some crowd. Thanks for sharing the event with us. I suspect most locals know the timing of the tide and know when to show up. I'm surprised that many people were on the boat when it launched.
I guess you could always blog at low tide.

Florida Farm Girl said...

What a thrill that must have been. And to be able to watch all that from your front porch or nearby, well, that's just behyond wonderful.

When I saw the post title, I figured you guys had gone to see the tall ships. We had planned to do that while in Maine, but, alas. Not this time. Glad to hear from you, though.

While in Coos Bay, Oregon, one time, we saw an ocean going ship filled with wood chips be turned around in a channel that was hardly 20 feet wider than the ship was long. We literally held our breath as they turned it around.

Brian Miller said...

oh my...lovely pictures of the boats....oh my on the tight squeeze as well.....it looks marvelous...

and of course now i have that milli vanilli song in my head....blame it on the rain.....

grammie g said...

Hi Reena...Awesome post ..I loved it!!
The one thing I loved about this post was they waited,and waited etc..love the way you did that..I could visualize a children's book with each photo a page of suspense building up for the
big event ; }!!!
Love the folded arms, hands on hips(especially that little girl) dog on the dock!! Real clever!!
What a beauty the Adventuress, wonderful to watch the launching, thanks for sharing!!
Grace

Beth said...

i sure have missed you & your wonderful photos. i love all the boats, what great views, kids, & doggies too! so cute! thank you for making my day. i love Maine. gorgeous. i can not wait to get back there soon. hoping to get out west 1st though. we will see?! (:

Amish Stories said...

The water has always been so calming to me and relaxing, and I can easily see how one could get distracted from blogging in such beauty Reena. Richard

Amish Stories said...

Love that sunset image and more importantly for me anyway,lol, those muffins! Richard

CherryPie said...

I love that top view, I wouldn't want to leave it either :-)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

That is a lovely boat.

Sylvia K said...

What an awesome experience to be able to watch this! Beautiful boat! And what a fantastic view! I wouldn't want to ever leave it either! Terrific post and photos for the day, Reena, thanks so much for sharing!

forgetmenot said...

What a great time you must have had in Maine--and cooler there too I would think. That first shot is pretty spectacular--beautiful view. Fun to watch the boat being launched too. Glad you're back to do some blogging again--always a treat to see what you have posted. Mickie :)

zooperson said...

Now that is a fine-looking boat, and those perfectly captured "waiting" photos are just the best. Your home critters I'm sure are anxiously waiting for house lady to return.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've missed you and can certainly understand why 'Maine' is keeping you busy!! Your pictures are as always, amazing and I also was holding my breath, what a sight, and what a beautiful boat and view too!!

Madi and Mom said...

Reena we missed you but we thank you for the lovely pics...so we forgive your absence. MOL
We have a pressing questions..did the backyard critters give you a tongue lashing. ...and how did Kramer react to your absence?
Hugs
Madi and mom

Linda R said...

I don't blame you one bit.. I would have been on the computer either.. Not with all that excitement and gorgeous views.. Wonderful photos, I just love seeing all the people shots you got..

Hugs~

Rohrerbot said...

Looks like a great time! You don't need to explain. Life comes first:) And then we get to see what you were up to:) What a beautiful day...

gina said...

Wonderful story in your photos here! That doggie in the boat is so adorable! Your first image is breath taking! Better to look at that, than a computer screen.

She Who Carries Camera said...

Remember the movie with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner (can't remember the name at the moment) when he was on his boat just like this going through NYC at the end of the movie? Well, this made me think of that immediately!! How cool!! Welcome home!

Pat said...

She's a beauty!
I love all the people shots!

michelle said...

Maine, like Cape Cod and other small New England seaside towns is so gorgeous. Love the shots you shared!

rainfield61 said...

I shall not be available for blogging too if I am you.

So lucky you are.

Lissa Forbes said...

I absolutely love the first image, Reena. The sunlight on the far masts is exquisite. And being pup-lover, I couldn't help but notice the sweet pups so engaged in the event. ;->

Michaele said...

You are a photographer extraordinaire! LOVE you people shots!

GailO said...

Before reading your post I first scanned through your photos and thought, well Reena sure has got a gorgeous boat! I love all the "waiting" pictures... What a gorgeous day!

Out on the prairie said...

lovely area, the closest to Rockport for me was a pair of shoes. I have visited the state many years back.I would love to have a sailboat.

Jennifer Richardson said...

ships and the sea....so romantic,
that.
and she is a beauty.
what an adventure
you're living:)
-Jennifer

Kathy said...

How exciting to see her second launch!

Kathryn said...

That first shot is stunning. It must be so hard to come home with a view like that. Love all the pics, makes me feel like I was there with you.

islandwonder said...

What a sweet ride.

Daryl Edelstein said...

fantastic .. but tell me, what effect did you use on the first shot .. its so wonderful I am in love with it .. I may need to beg a print of it from you ... xo

Claudia said...

Such great photos of the harbor, the boat and all the people and dogs watching every moment of the launch!

xo
Claudia

My Journey With Candida said...

I can see why you haven't been blogging much. Wonderful pictures.

I too am kind of missing in action... but you only live once and this ain't no dress rehersal. Sitting behind the computer is NOT living.

Dianne said...

she is a beauty

I love all your shots of the watchers, especially the little girl and the pups

Tricia Hays said...

Awesome distraction! I wouldn't be able to get anything done w/ views & events like that! WoW! Your pics are always so colorful, beautiful! =)

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, beautiful place and loved this series of pictures, everyone tense and waiting and then...the launch. :)

S. Etole said...

That first photo is stunning. And what a treat to watch the launching.

Country Girl said...

Totally exciting! And I got to miss it ~ so glad you were there for these captures. They're beautiful, Reena.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Here you are! So exciting watching the launch through your photos. I'll bet that was a nail biter. Looks like she barely squeezed in. You really got some great photos all around!

Ivanhoe said...

Everybody's watching. How cool!
That first pic is just breathtaking! Wish I was there :)
Hugs from Ohio,
I.

Rose L said...

Love the sunset harbor view. Like a painting.
That is some sailing ship! Why didn't they bring it down when the tide was in more?
It is a lovely tall masted ship.

ladyfi said...

Wow // you have found heaven on earth.

Pat Tillett said...

Fantastic post! What a beautiful boat and harbor. I'm betting you love living there...