Saturday, June 28, 2008
Mid 90's with 5 to 8 knot breeze out of the southwest and at time no air stirring,
Watched a Boeing Chinook test flight, take-off fly to the New Jersey side, return land and repeat.
Barge traffic picked up with the flood pushing up river.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
A slow Saturday morning on the Delaware river, low 90's F almost no wind out of the southwest, against a flood tide. The Boeing plant at Ridley was taxi testing a Chinook twin rotor heavy lift helicopter at their dock, the twin rotor technology was developed by Piasecki Aviation across Darby Creek in Essington. At Eddystone the power plant was off-loading a coal train, and freighter, tug and barge traffic starting to move up river with the flood tide.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Go for an evening sail with Katherine, just passing through with a flight out tomorrow morning.
Sail to the Valero terminal at Billingsport NJ, then back across the river to Mifflin Dike but not enough wind to gain speed over the flood tide, so motor back to the marine.
Expansion of the Valero terminal has been delayed due to new archeological finds at Billingsport the site of a companion insurgent fort to Fort Mifflin PA, protecting the approach to Philadelphia from the British. Further up river above the Ben Franklin Bridge archeological finds have delayed the Sugar House Casino on the site of a British Fort protecting Philadelphia during the French and Indian war, that has uncovered a Lenape settlement at least 5,000 years old.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Uladh the gaelic spelling for the territory of the U-Nail chieftains in the ancient Irish province of Ulster (English/Norse), originally the counties of Down and Antrim, but now including Derry, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, also referred to as Ulidia (Greek/Roman),.
Uladh was the home of a pre-celtic, cruithne (crew-en-ya) pictish tribe, who may have been descendants of prehistoric tribes indigenous to the British Isles since the retreat of the last ice age.
Archeological finds date first inhabitants to about 6,000 BC and trade goods from Rathlin Island, County Antrim off the northeast coast of Ireland made from porcellanite stone appearing in Egypt and Crete by 2,500 BC.
The early tribes of Ireland where displaced by later waves of migrants from mainland Europe; about 1700 BC by bronze age tribes, celtic tribes about 500 BC, and in the past two millenia; Roman trading posts, Viking settlements, English plantations... and in the 21st century a welcome increasing diversity from the European Union and the world.
SV Ulladh (for vhf clarity I use "sailing vessel ul-la") is named for the territory of the first peoples to settle in Ireland after the retreat of the last ice age.
The Havsfidra 20's were built between 1968 and the late 1970's to Swedish Navy and Lloyd's certification standards.
The Havsfidra 20 and a larger version the Storfidra 26 where sold in the United States by Continental Yachts and Trawler Agency of Atlantic City NJ.
(fidra; to touch or tickle with a feather -Icelandic-English Dictionary, Clarendon Press 1874)