The Mighty Stephen Taber (Day 2)

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Before you get too far into this and if you haven’t done so already, you might want to read through Day 1.  Then again, maybe you don’t.  Suit yourself.

Day 2 began with a battle on the high seas.  The Black Pearl came charging at us through the fog, big guns blazing.  With cannon balls flying across the quarter deck, the Captain bravely donned his red shirt (as not to show blood).  Lucky for us, his brown pants were in the wash.

Ahem.  Sorry.  But the day did start out foggy:

There's a boat here somewhere!

Nope, there was nothing wrong with the camera.  If you look closely, you should be able to barely make out this lobster boat that was anchored about 15 fathoms off the port bow.

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The Mighty Stephen Taber

Posted by johngl

Many years ago in a life far, far away, I spent an entire summer in Maine.  While there, my friends and I made several junkets Down East and ate lobster, scallops, and crab until we grew gills. It was wonderful. The clean ocean air, the granite cliffs, the picturesque fishing villages — great memories.

So, the most glorious spousal unit handed me a bit of a surprise when she decided we should go there — on a kind of non-Father’s Day thank you trip. Not an ordinary vacation, this was to be a multi-day food and wine adventure on a 138 year-old schooner. And the Taber isn’t just any schooner either — she’s never missed a season in her entire history.

The Stephen Taber

The Schooner Stephen Taber
(Original photograph by Captain Brenda G. Thomas)

The whole thing started when we happened to be sitting around one Saturday afternoon…

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Camping at Sea

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Just to make sure you guys don’t think I have given up the ghost, the most glorious spousal unit and I have been aboard the Stephen Taber.

This was a wine and food cruise that also involved racing the Nathaniel Bowditch:

Racing another Schooner!

Stay tuned for lots more coverage!