If you are a subscriber to our e-newsletter you know we spent 10 days hauled out and up on the railway to do a few repairs and some maintenance that will not be needed in the spring.
With Hurricane Sandy making its way north Captain Jon and the crew worked hard to get the rest of down fit completed including the winter frame and cover up, on, and shrink-wrapped, completed yesterday, just in the nick of time. Guess who has the day off today?! Actually now that downfit is complete the crew is now officially done for the season, but more on that in another post.
We appreciate all the calls, emails, Facebook posts, and texts that our passengers send checking in on us when bad weather comes our way. Hurricane Sandy has brought a wave of concern so we wanted to share what’s happening for us so far.
To get the Riggin ready for Sandy both anchors were removed to get rid of remaining extra weight, picked up our mooring, have doubled up all the lines and extra fenders.
We are very lucky to have our dock space in Lermond Cove, the safest place to be in Rockland Harbor and to have the extra dock space available for other vessels to come hunker down and ride out severe storms – such as Sandy. It is also great to have the Rockland Breakwater at the head of our harbor. It’s mighty wall help to soften the waves that come in to our shoreline.
For Hurricane Sandy there isn’t a spare space left in Lermond Cove with the 3 schooners (J&E Riggin, Stephen Taber, and Nathaniel Bowditch) in their respective spots there are also several other sailing vessels, the MV Monhegan, all the ferry boats are docked, and a few barges have joined the party even having their spuds down to hold them in place.
At the time of this posting the winds are sustained around 20 mph with gusts up to 60 mph and the rain has not yet started. Our tide this morning was an astronomical high tide and while no flooding was happening here in Rockland, down in Portland flooding was an issue. This will be a bigger concern on tonight’s high tide once the rain does start to fall.
The National Weather Service gives the forecast for the Penobscot Bay area as:East winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt… increasing to 25 – 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt this afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft building to 5 to 8 feet this afternoon. Rain in the afternoon, patchy fog. Tonight – East winds 25-35 kt with gusts up to 55 kt and seas 8 to 10 feet.
We would also like to take a moment to say our thoughts are with the crew of the HMS Bounty who sank earlier this morning. We are glad to hear that 14 of the 16 crew members have been rescued and our thoughts and prayers are with the 2, and their families, that are still missing.