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

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 2012

November 25, 2012


November 21, 2012

Gorgas Run
November 18, 2012

Wissahickon Creek

Gorgas Run

November 14, 2012

Forbidden Drive

November 13, 2012

Wissahickon Spring House
Potential noreaster for next week.
Wind, snow, rain...?

November 12, 2012

Wissahickon Upper Trail

November 11, 2012

Wissahickon Creek

Common Milkweed on Gates Meadow

Wissahickon upper trail

November 7, 2012
1st snow of the winter from "winter storm Athena"

November 6, 2012
The strom forecast for Wednesday evening through Thursday morning looks like a typical noreaster. Low pressure will cause a small surge in sea levels, but the prevailing wind direction will not add to the surge as it did for Sandy.

November 5, 2012
Next storm a typical noreaster, that usually results in localized coastal flooding is more of threat to areas already devastated by Sandy.

The storm path and wind direction predictions do not pose a threat for the Delaware Bay and River but NJ and NY barrier island are again threatened.

A storm surge over 7 feet is predicted for Atlantic City early Thursday morning, which is about 3 feet above mean high water.

November 4, 2012

Outboard removed and stored.
Sail on roller boom and covered.
Cushions removed and stored.
Cabin lockers open.

Weather back to normal with forecast winter storm for later in the week.

Trailer launch ramp before low tide.

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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)