2016 Month-long Sailing Trip - Part 3
|TowBoatUS was standing by as the floatation bags were being removed from |
this sailboat. The guy on the foredeck (I assume the
owner) was using his cell phone.
Monday, June 27
|There was no WiFi nor cellular service available on the island. We did |
have electrical power and it was absolutely luxurious running our
onboard air conditioner during the night.
|A resident's golf cart is driven on a side street next |
to Fisherman's Corner Restaurant.
|During the evening, black skimmers would come very close to our boat to feed on |
small fish on the surface of the water. They fly with their lower beak in
the water to scoop up small fish, leaving a trail in the water.
Tuesday, June 28
|These crab sheds are north of the cut. Five hundred people used to live north of the |
cut, an area called "upphards" and there used to be a bridge across the cut.
Today, no one lives north of the cut and the bridge is only a memory.
|I think this image shows the beautiful isolation of this island.|
|This is a dock on the southern side of the cut where crab traps |
are stored and waterman's boats come in to dock.
|This gives a whole new meaning to shallow draft vessel.|
|We drove our rented golf cart to the beach on the southernmost point of |
Tangier Island. The sand was very light and fluffy where it wasn't
wet and the water was very clean.
|Much of Tangier Island looks like this photograph with tidal |
waterways that meander all over the wetlands.
|This old man was just sitting on the side of his crab shed passing time.|
|There are a lot of crab sheds on the northern side of the cut that look |
like this one--like they haven't been used in years.
|We think this is actually a house built on poles along the cut. |
It is the most colorful building on the island.
At the rate of erosion being experienced on Tangier Island, it is estimated that this island could disappear by 2050. National Geographic placed Tangier Island (and Smith Island) in 2016 Best of the World List in terms of "must see" places.
We are progressing further south in the Chesapeake Bay as shown on the following map.
|As indicated by the red line, we are now at Tangier Island, Virginia.|
Stay tuned as we head from here to Onancock on Virginia's eastern shore.