Re: Blackbeard's anchor recovered
Speak for yourself. I was out in the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace, Maryland on Wednesday on a sailboat that an acquaintance of mine had very recently acquired, sight unseen, no survey, via eBay. It had been sitting on the hard for who knows how long and has suffered some neglect. I managed to get the Atomic 4 engine running, after two hours of being on my knees, hunched over the engine in a hot and stinky cabin, dripping sweat. But I couldn't get it running very well, evidently, as it kept crapping out on us as we limped out of the slip and into the river. Every time I tried to nudge it into gear, the engine would sputter and die. So there we were, drifting powerless very near a major channel in which barges full of stone and ore travel up and down the river, and there was no wind, so putting up the sails wouldn't have done much.
Originally Posted by MiddleAgesMan
I managed to get the engine to run long enough to limp a little closer to shore and point the bow upstream before it died for about the 10th time. Then I ran forward and tossed the anchor over to stop us from drifting further down the river.
We called the marina we had just left a few minutes before and they sent a guy out who towed us back in.
I'm sure I exhibited nothing resembling what anyone might call good seamanship - although my language was quite salty, I can assure you.
- Bill T.
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