Page 30

LETTERS ports, we set a course for Shelburne, Nova Scotia. The passage was uneventful until we started sailing parallel to the Nova Scotia coastline. The water there was very cold, and the fog was continuous. Having no real choice, we used radar and GPS to make our way into the Shelburne Harbor. Once we passed the outer reaches of land, the air was clear and stayed that way throughout our visit. We found that same pattern as we made our way north along the coast. When we arrived in Halifax, the tall ships were in and putting on a show. We stayed a few days and continued northbound along the coast. There was not much traffic along our route, but about midday, we could see a vessel on our radar; the vessel was astern of us but gaining. It posed no problem, but we needed to monitor its movements for safety's sake. As the vessel overtook us, we could make out about 50

DONALD BRYDEN

START YOUR SAILING SEASON AT:

Openings for 26’ & Under Limited Availability for Summer!

For your best SAILING SUMMER enjoy our: • Protected • Quiet • Great Value • Great Neighbors

Let us show you around – you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 1535 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda, California

(510) 522-9080

For directions and rates go to:

www.fortman.com

Page 30 •

Latitude 38

• May, 2019

'Bluenoose II', popping out of the fog in 2004.

yards to starboard that it was the schooner Bluenose II, Nova Scotia's famous tall ship. We had seen her in Halifax, and now being overtaken by her at sea was a thrill for all of us. Bluenose II is a replica of the original Bluenose that was launched in 1921 and raced undefeated for 17 years. As summer progressed, the fog finally dissipated and, by the time we headed south again in September, was seldom seen. Donald Bryden Quetzalcoatl, Ted Brewer Miami 45 ketch Walker Lake, NV Donald — Thanks for the story. Readers, Donald also shared a fog story last month about feeling his way into Ensenada in the days before GPS, AIS, etc. ⇑⇓ AND ANOTHER STORY ABOUT "MILKY SEAS" I spent 36 years at sea, 27 as containership master, and I've covered approximately two million ocean miles. I have seen many examples of bioluminescence of varied intensities. Sometimes, it could be just a little sparkle in the bow wave, other times brilliant mint green in every wave and surface disruption. The ship's wake is usually the most brilliant due to the prop action. It can be almost blinding, at least to one's night vision. But I have never seen milky seas of the sheet type. However, in the fall of 1975, I was master of the containership SS Mayaguez proceeding from Singapore to Bangkok. It was night and there was no moon. Due to the very high humidity, there were very few, if any, stars visible, along with calm seas. Not even a horizon was visible. At about 2330, I had a call from the mate on watch saying there was some-

Profile for Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Latitude 38 May 2019