ME to MA

When we were approaching Dolphin Marine our friends George and Pat on Theodore happen to hear us on the VHF requesting a spot at the dock so that we could take on fuel and water. They just happened to be on the same frequency. Being not too far away we made plans to cruise together for a while. Our next stop was in Portsmouth, NH for a couple nights then on to Salem, MA where we also spent two nights.

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Sunrise in Portsmouth Harbor

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A busy harbor, that tug was a lot closer than it appears in the photo.

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Capt Ted Bear, our newest crew member happy to not be staying at the building in the background.  The old Portsmouth Navy Brig.  Capt Ted Bear is one of Linda’s newest creations and we are delighted to have him ob board.  Thanks Linda.
We both departed Salem for Provincetown where we were going to meet Don and Bev. Don and I had been shipmates on board the USS Rehoboth many, many years ago. We were looking forward to seeing them again.
When we were about 12 miles from P-Town we heard the Coast Guard warning of a boat on fire in Provincetown Harbor. The boat sadly burned to the waterline but no one was hurt. The photo below is the smoke we saw from 12 miles out.

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Ginnie had been looking forward to seeing some whales sometime on this trip. George and Pat turned north to Stellwegen Bank to the area frequented by the local whale watcher boats. Ginnie and I were more interested in getting into P-Town early, so if we didn’t see any whales on our path we would take a whale watching tour out of P-Town. As we were heading into P-Town, just off Herring Cove Beach, we received a call from Theodore saying that there was a pod of finback whales just off the beach. They had found no whales at Stellwegan Bank, but here they were so close to shore.

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Theodore 53′ – whale 70′

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A mid afternoon snack.

The next three photos show a whale turning and diving under Firecracker…Yikes that was close!

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Second in size only to the blue whale, the finback reaches about 70 feet in length and weighs up to 70 tons. It shares with the blue whale the distinction of having the deepest voice on earth. The body is dark blue-gray above and whitish-yellow below, with a rather pointed head and a prominent back and dorsal fin which are easy to see. Cruising at an average speed of 12 knots, the finback is one of the fastest of the large whales, capable of short bursts of speed up to 30 knots. This species also makes some of the deepest dives of the baleen whales, up to 1800 feet deep, and has remained submerged for as long as 50 minutes on a single breath. The “V” shaped spout can rise as high as 20 feet. Finbacks tend to be restless and easily spooked. They avoid noisy boats, but will swim up beside a stopped vessel.
After settling in on our moorings George called us to go look for seals in the harbor. We had seen many seals on this trip but nothing to compare with this experience. We shut off the dinghy engine and drifted close to get some great shots.

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