The Sperry Boat Shoe

One of my fondest summer memories was back in the late 1960s when my brother and I took sailing lessons at Pelican Harbor in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Our mom outfitted us in matching blue bathing suits and white Sperry canvas boat shoes. Boy, did we feel just like real sailors tacking and jibing around the Read More

St Lawrence Seaway Cruise

Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially opened the St Lawrence Seaway on June 26, 1959 in a dedication ceremony near the harbor of Montreal, Canada. After some speeches, the two leaders boarded the royal yacht Britannia and sailed through one of the seaway’s new locks. According to on-site British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporting, Read More

Glass Bottom Boats – See Beneath the Waves

“All aboard on the glass bottom boat, it’s the greatest show that was ever afloat. Take a ride on the tide with the guide and see, the way out wonders of the deep blue sea.” Actress Doris Day sang these words in the 1966 MGM film entitled – no surprise – The Glass Bottom Boat. Read More

Cuba’s Working Waterfronts

NOT LONG AFTER publishing his first photography book about Chesapeake Bay watermen, Jay Fleming was ready for a photographic change of venue. He had dedicated three years to taking photos of his home turf and surf in Maryland and Virginia, so he wanted to investigate new places to focus his lens. Traveling abroad sounded appealing. He Read More

Maritime Sayings & Idioms

PLACE YOURSELF IN a dark and stormy 18th century scene: a schooner full of sailors dwell in a cabin for weeks at a time navigating a journey with constellations as their guide. They have no communication with the outside world yet hope for a dry destiny. In this scenario, it’s only fitting that unique maritime Read More

Lewes and Rehoboth: A Tale of Two Delaware Beach Towns

GROWING UP IN THE South, I remember my Grandma Missy describing the difference between Charleston and Savannah, two charming and competitive port cities I’d not yet had the privilege to visit. She explained to me that both were like the attractive daughters of a gentile Southern family. Older sister Charleston married well and joined the Read More

Vancouver, British Columbia

ASK ME WHAT I remember about my trip to Vancouver Island, and I’ll offer up three things: Standing on the beach drinking in a remarkably still Pacific Ocean, an art scene influenced by many cultures and art forms, and amazing Asian food. An unmistakable energy marks this city of about a million people, where residents Read More

Padanaram, Massachusetts

THE PLAINS OF ANCIENT Mesopotamia are connected to Massachusetts? As unlikely as it might seem, when you sail into town, the plains from antiquity were the inspiration for Padanaram’s moniker. The story goes that early 19th century resident Laban Thatcher named the little village when he compared himself to biblical Laban, who dwelt in, yes, Read More

Summer Book Club 2020

WHETHER WE’RE OUT on the water or nestled in our homes, we enjoy dreaming about great getaway places and planning our next voyages. The Summer Book Club 2020 is officially titled “Adventures from your Couch,” because you can kick back in your living room, curl up with these eight gorgeous coffee table books and let Read More

New England Seaport Sampler

When the Puritans set sail in 1620 to flee religious persecution in England, their long journey across the Atlantic was rewarded with a place more beautiful than they had imagined. As those travel-weary settlers exited the Mayflower, they were greeted by one of the most magnificent coastlines in North America. Timber-rich mountains reached down to Read More