We sailed right to the Vincent Thomas bridge and motored back to the Marina. It was a gloomy day but it was really awesome being out on the boat. Many many thanks to my new friend Skipper Jeff for taking me out. We talked the entire time and I’m sure its not the last time. It was the same thing when I met my first group of blind biters at the Pac Diner. I am really greatful for all these fabulous people I am meeting through SPBXB.
That song “Stuck in the Middle With You” kept going through my head as we sailed down the main channel, except I kept singing “Cruise Ships to the left of me, Containers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you”
I like to call this shot below “Perspective” because that’s what it gives you when you’re a tiny little ship next to the moving cities that are container ships.
Ports O Call Restaurant
This is the Exy Johnson, one of the tall ships of the LA Maritime Institute and the Top Sail program. I have to admit that I always want to call it the Sexy Johnson. The Exy and the Irving Johnson were both built here in the port and were named after Exy and Irving Johnson.
The San Pedro Marina
Skipper Jeff sailed me out to the Angel’s Gate Lighthouse to get a closer look. I’ve never been so close to the San Pedro landmark. The lighthouse was built in 1913 and was automated in 1971.
I found this write up on the Coast Guard Website
“Though battered by seasonal storms and an occasional passing ship, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Los Angeles Harbor Light has faithfully guarded the port’s busy gateway since 1913. As early as 1907, plans were being made to include a lighthouse in the Los Angeles Breakwater project. The light was to occupy a 40-foot-square concrete block at the end of the west breakwater. A temporary light was established on the block with the completion of the breakwater in 1910. The present lighthouse was co”mpleted in 1913 at a cost of just under $36,000. Originally designed to be a dormered, square wooden building with the lens sprouting from the roof similar to Southampton Shoals and Oakland Harbor Lights on San Francisco Bay, the Los Angeles Light ended up looking more like a Roman fantasy. It is the only lighthouse ever built to this design. The light was firmly anchored to the concrete block and built of steel reinforced concrete.
Heavy construction proved to be a godsend when a furious five-day storm assaulted the light a few years after opening. The steel and concrete stood fast as angry seas broke against the walls. A wooden structure would probably have been carried away and the keepers killed.”
We decided to really brave the weather and put the sail up. That means someone had to steer while Skipper Jeff was prepping to set (hoist the sail). I got to steer the boat, it was so cool. If I wanted to steer to the right I pulled the rudder to the left and pushed it right to go left, and it wasn’t a gradual turn, it TURNED. But I only got to steer long enough for Skipper Jeff to grab his trusty “auto-pilot”.
While the sail was being hoisted up Skipper Jeff gave me a little sailing terminology lesson. The first thing land lubbers like me need to learn is that ropes are called lines. Lines can also have other names depending on their function; a halyard is the line that hoists the sail and a sheet controls the sail. When you change course by moving the sail from one side to the other, it is called “come about”. Skipper Jeff also showed me a nautical map of the port and I learned that the numbers all over it measure the depth of the channel in fathoms. A fathom is 6 feet.
As we head out towards the lighthouse, we got a water side view of all the places I’ll be walking this week. First up was the Cabrillo Youth Aquatics Center.
This is a little protected marsh that Skipper Jeff reminded me of. I completely forgot it was there.
There was a group of people gathered on the sand at Cabrillo Beach. I wonder if it was church services or something.