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Storm, after all.

We in NYC did ok. Snowpacolypse tracked North and slammed Boston and the Cape and Islands. Nantucket took a hard impact. It had winds in the 70 mph range. Ferry cannot go in that wind. Planes out of the question too. For the islands wind is more a factor than snow.  Same for the Vineyard, although it is closer to the mainland. Year round people on both islands have plenty of canned food, and good full freezers. They have back-up generators and big tall boots.

It seems counterinuitive to put to sea in such weather, but ships are safer there. They probably took the ferries out. Certainly Navy ships put out if the wind is going to be ugly. Fishing boats too. If they have no work to do they are safer out where they will not collide with anything. Ships that cannot be moved are in special danger. It was ever thus. Loosing control on a lee shore raises the same cold sweat as ever.

Here is an example of a ship that could not be moved. I wonder what JPJ would think?



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Jan. 28th, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
Glad you got away with it so lightly. Boston got a real pasting. (Your weather was top news on the BBC.)
Jan. 28th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to know you are safe!
Jan. 28th, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, we were slammed in Boston (and our town, just outside the official limits).Hubby and I were just outside for an hour trying to free my car from it's snowy 'tomb'. We got half done and exhausted, so we will rest up and finish later.
Jan. 28th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'm glad NYC, at least, did okay.
Jan. 29th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
Glad you didn't get hit too hard. We've had plenty of the gales here this winter, though it's rare for us to get much snow. We had a lot of snow this morning but it all went sideways. I don't think any of it actually hit the ground! The ferries and planes at home have been more off than on this winter. Ever it was thus. Though now the mobile phone networks go down too. This is new.

I heard about the Providence, I hope they can salvage her.

Stay safe and warm!
Jan. 29th, 2015 02:54 am (UTC)
I imagine JPJ scowling. Mike and I were wondering today what they did with Consitution? She is still commissioned. Does she go out to sea with all the rest and sit there with her bare sticks? I imagine that might be safest. I wonder if I can find out...
Jan. 31st, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
That's a good question, I wonder what they did do with Constitution? Let me know if you find out.

Where I come, even in the most ferocious gales, the boats put into harbour, but Stornoway has an extremely safe, almost entirely enclosed, east facing harbour. Even the Vikings knew it. The original Norse name for the town was Stjórnavágr, which translates roughly as safe bay or safe haven.
Jan. 31st, 2015 01:50 am (UTC)
There is something deeply moving to me about harbors, as a concept. I am sure sailors would think me a silly thing, but a Viking, and Archie, and a sailor of today would be thinking the same thoughts about what is best to do. Also those brave types who first found Polynesia. If they could speak to each other they would not need to speak, you know?
Jan. 29th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
In contrast, west coast weather has been mild lately. Last Sunday was nearly a "spring" day, temps over 50 F. Hope they are indeed able to repair/restore the Providence.
I seem to remember rumors when aboard Forrestal in Mayport FL, that if the ship couldn't get out to sea during a hurricane, that they would "sink" it at the pier, ie ballast it down to where it would rest on the bottom in order to ride out the storm.
Jan. 29th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
I never heard that rumor. I just remember having to make hurricane prep by myself because of course the minute things got serious he had to go and light off!

You were at Mayport? Us too. Wonder if you guys overlapped?

Today was bright blue and sunny, and 40-ish. Everything is dripping. The snow is already dirty so I would rather it melt.
Jan. 30th, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
About the only snow we have left is what is piled up in the store parking lots.

I was never actually stationed at Mayport. I was there as part of the airwing aboard Forrestal. Usually we would fly down from Whidbey Island just prior to an at sea period or a deployment. I did spend some time "TAD" on board between the two cruises I made then...as part of the airwing caretaker team, looking after squadron spaces. Nice as I got to drive down and have transportation of my own. I was officially attached to VAQ-132 Scorpions for the 1986 and 1988 cruises, so it was in later 87 and 88 that I was there the most. (The cruises are also when I got to Portsmouth and saw HMS Victory.)
Jan. 31st, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear you were not badly battered -- and did not have to ride out the storm in a boat!

The image of Nantucket in the storm is (in my imagination) one of flying sand and snow. With the occasional whale-shaped weather vane joining the fray. The sound of the wind and surf must be incredible, and seem very beautiful afterward, when one has come through it safely.
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