Home Port; on the Delaware River at Fox Grove Marina Essington PA.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Monday June 9, 2008

Monday June 9, 2008, high 90's F, 5 to 10 knot breeze out of the west with periods of still air.
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.

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Ulladh pronounced "ul-la" (null lad).

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.


Since 1949 Fisksatra Varv in the coastal town of Fisksatra Sweden, built fiberglass boats from dinghies to a 300 ton minesweeper for the Swedish Navy.

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.

Havsfidra; sea-feather?
(fidra; to touch or tickle with a feather -Icelandic-English Dictionary, Clarendon Press 1874)