Sea Trials!

Since the F.D. Crockett returned from Reedville, John and the guys spent the rest of the summer working on the rails. The "waist" around the boat has been completed, and she looks a lot more like she did originally. We got to take her out onto the bay in September for "sea trials" prior to our planned trip to the Poquoson Seafood Festival Workboat Races on October 10.

Bob Walker took pictures of the F.D. Crockett from his boat:

When we got to Windmill Point, Gordon and John dragged the anchor line out of the hold to do an anchor drill for the first time.

Once it was in the water, they had to haul it out. It looks like John's doing the work, but Johnny (hidden behind him) really gets all the credit for anchor retrieval!

Then they stowed it so it'll be ready for next time.

John is just visible in his red life jacket at the stern of the boat. He's ready to jump into Bob's boat to check out how the Crockett looks in the water.

Here's a view of the topsy turvy stern as Bob and John head back toward the boat.

Once Bob gets on a steady course …

… John jumps back in the Crockett:

Sea trials completed for the day, the F.D. Crockett heads back to the museum docks.

Originally published by Vera England on 6 Oct 2010. Published on WordPress after The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park moved from to

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