Still in Waterford

 

work on the mast wiring was slower than I anticipated. (Isn’t it always) but it is just about done and we plan on leaving today for Castleton Marina, about 15 miles down the Hudson River.  They will let us use their crane to put the mast up again.  Tam and I will be doing it by ourselves so it is a little intimidating.  There is another couple headed there today as well so we might work together to get it all rigged on both boats.  They only charge $50 for using their lift so we can save quite a bit ad DIY riggers.  Anyway we will get it done and hopefully we will be on our way to Boston early tomorrow.

 

Looking ahead we have the Hudson River from Albany to New York City then Long Island Sound then up the Cape Cod Canal to Cape Cod then on to Boston.

This is short today but I have a lot of work to finish up and we need to be on our way.

So I’ll give you a little longer educational joke. “SMILE”

In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannon fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck?

The best storage method devised was a square based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon.

There was only one problem — how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a “Monkey” with 16 round indentations. But if this plate was made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it.

The solution to the rusting problem was to make “Brass Monkeys.” Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey.

Thus, it was quite literally, “Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!” (And all this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you?)

 

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

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