Nina and Pinta returned to Morehead City yesterday. I had hoped to get photos of them as they went through Swansboro but that was not to be. I fired up vesselfinder.com on the computer and I followed them all day on Sunday as they traveled up the Intracoastal. They traveled at 6 to 7 knots so the going was slow. They stopped at about 7PM near Topsail Beach and I assumed they were stopped for the night. I went to bed and when I woke up in the morning, I found that they had stopped for a while and then pushed on through the night and they were about halfway between Cedar Point and Morehead City. So much for taking photos of them going past Swansboro! *sigh*
So what happened next? Mr. B & I quickly got dressed and dumped our coffee in a to-go cups, jumped in the truck and headed for Morehead City. We pulled behind the visitors center in Morehead City and before long, they they were!
We took photos as they passed and then they we headed down to the waterfront walkway. We knew that they were heading for Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant on the waterfront. Thinking that the beginning of the walkway would be best and closest to get photos, we waited. They they went around the little island and didn’t come in front of us like we expected. *sigh* You would think they could have cooperated more after I had been watching them for over a day. *grin*They went toward the port and then decided to go back around the island with the Pinta in the lead. Then, the unthinkable happened. The captain turned the boat to come down the waterfront as we had hoped they would to start with and BOOM! – they were stuck on a sandbar. The chase boat tried to push them off to no avail. Luckily the tide was rising and they only had to wait for a couple of hours (maybe a bit less) and they were free. At that point, they decided to head back behind the island. They finally both docked behind the restaurant and I am sure that all aboard the Pinta breathed a sigh of relief.
And one more thing!! Did you know that we had an encounter on the water with the Nina and the Pinta. In 2010, as we were traveling across the state of Florida on the Okeechobee Waterway on Misty Moose when the the Nina and Pinta passed us on the way to the Clewiston lock. They then got the the lock before us and took the lower side of the lock. Then we had to take the high side of the lock. Did I mention that we were new to our boat AND it was windy – very windy!! After some heart-stopping moments, we finally were able to grab on to the bollards and secure out boat to go through the lock. We got to lock through with them and of course we have told the story often. Both of the photos below are from 2010.We got to leave the lock first and there were a lot of folks waving. Nice of them to come and see us travel through the locks, wasn’t it? *grin* Ah yeah, funny how when I look back on these things, I look fondly. At the time, I was ready to dock the boat and never get in it again.