Monday, April 21, 2014

'Til Next Time, Tall Ships

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

click to enlarge Lady Washington runs from Hawaiian Chieftain in Eureka's Inner Reach - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • Lady Washington runs from Hawaiian Chieftain in Eureka's Inner Reach

The tall ships are gone, leaving humans bereft of slow-motion sea battles in Eureka's Inner Reach but bay birds rejoicing at the absence of sporadic cannon fire. 

Here are some scenes from Sunday's "battle" between the Hawaiian Chieftain and the Lady Washington.

But may we just say that whilst the Chieftain's seasoned captain kept his predominantly green crew busy hoisting sails and adjusting and readjusting them — and staggering at times under the learning curve — the small ship still managed to pop off several good wallops of smoky cannon blast at the stately Lady.  

May we also add, the Lady appeared to spend much of her unruffled time, far as we could tell, motoring about with her engine on and, when she did fire, aiming not at her worthy rival but at the pods of innocent gulls on the tip of Indian Island and, once, straight at the Wharfinger Building. Just an unbiased observation from one who was aboard the Chieftain ...

click to enlarge Aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain in Eureka - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • Aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain in Eureka

click to enlarge Among the more seasoned crew of the Hawaiian Chieftain. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • Among the more seasoned crew of the Hawaiian Chieftain.

click to enlarge Davey was learning the ropes on the Chieftain after having begun his sea duty aboard the Lady. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • Davey was learning the ropes on the Chieftain after having begun his sea duty aboard the Lady.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters

click to enlarge PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
click to enlarge PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters

click to enlarge PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters

click to enlarge PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters

click to enlarge PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters

click to enlarge The passengers aboard the Chieftain were in no danger from the Lady. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • The passengers aboard the Chieftain were in no danger from the Lady.

click to enlarge The Lady Washington in Eureka. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • The Lady Washington in Eureka.



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