Here's the second of a two-part series from Harris Tooley, a volunteer aboard the Lady Washington. (Part I)
August 3 (continued)
The Pig War Anniversary
We showered, resupplied, and picked up new passengers at Anacortes, and then we headed off to English Camp on San Juan Island. Wendy, a long time member of the crew, left us in Anacortes and we picked up Dave Cottrell, a veteran crew member and longboat sailor extraordinaire. The transit was pretty easy that night and we made good time and got there sometime in the early morning.
At English Camp they were celebrating 150 years of peace since the Pig War. Re-enactors abounded and the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain were scheduled for tours. The bay at English Camp though was too shallow for us to get too far into. The Chieftain however was able to get in pretty close to the camp. We had over a mile long row in order to ferry tourist back forth for tours. This was where the rowing at family camp came in handy. This was also the point where Kelly had to leave us, and there was much sadness at her leaving.
The trips back and forth were innumerable. “I lost count after 50,000,” says Tiny Saint. After several hours or rowing back and forth, someone on the Chieftain got the brilliant idea to rig up Pele, their little dinghy, to the Hewitt R. Jackson and we motored back and forth.
We closed up shop and got ready for a candlelight dinner on the island. Funny clothes were the dress code of the evening and we all bushed off as much of the dirt and tar from our clothes as we could, pulled out cravats and stocks, found new waistcoats, pulled on kilts, and were ready for a candle light dinner and dance.
That row was one of my favorites. Tiny and Dennis laid out several rowing songs including “Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl.” It was a good fast pull. We had all the crew in the longboat and made great time with all ten oars.
The camp was full of incredibly friendly people. We had fantastic food given to us, the landlord did indeed fill the flowing bowl , and we danced a good deal. We rowed back early because it had just started to rain.
The next day we had a sail and afterwards we rigged up Pele again and got all our passengers ashore. Capt. JB Morrison offered to give me and Dave a ride back to the Lady with Pele, but we respectfully declined. We rowed the longboat back by ourselves. That was an experience.
After English Camp we headed back to Sucia to do maintenance and then we headed on to Blaine.
And this, dear readers, is where I leave you. I’m on the Lady for two more weeks and Mark needs a hand with a project right now, so farewell!
And now this message from the Lady Washington's mate.
Well folks, that’s the truth, we’ve been busy lately, and have had a lot of fun. Family camp is a very unique experience for everyone involved. Not just a week after, Tommy and his wife returned to go on a Battle Sail with us and brought the customary gifts of brownies and strawberries.
After Blaine we headed to Bellingham, had some amazing sails, and have been able to stave off the rain for the most part. Sadly we will be leaving this great town and heading on to more.
Next stop is Tacoma, via stops in Anacortes, Port Townsend, and Bremerton, all for the night. If you are around, please come by.
Mate of the Lady Washington