|Spanish tallship "Juan Sebastian de Elcano" anchored west of Goat Island, Narragansett Bay on May 18, 2013.|
Newport often seems to possess hooks that won't let you go. The tallship in the photo above is a prime example of the hooks possessing phenomena. I indeed felt that snagging urge to meander on over and have a closer look.
But I kept going. I've heard it said and maybe you have also, that "no one expects the Spanish Inquisition" (it's a Spanish tallship). Of course that was a long time ago and really I've found most Spanish folks to be very nice.
|The oil tanker "Golden Energy" making way out of Narragansett Bay's East Passage and about to pass Beavertail Lighthouse (on the far left).|
An oil tanker sets a different tone from that of a tallship.
|A fishing vessel and Beavertail Lighthouse; May 18, 2013.|
As you see, this fine day in May was an excellent one for fishing.
|A lobster boat plying its trade in Rhode Island Sound with the town of Narragansett (view looking west) in the background and a lovely wind turbine.|
The trip from Narragansett Bay to Block Island is indeed one of my favorites.
|The trawler "Katherine Elizabeth" ply's it's trade off Point Judith. The Point Judith lighthouse is on the left.|
|The trawler Katherine Elizabeth off Point Judith with the Newport Bridge at the far left in this view looking north-east-north.|
|Rounding Point Judith. This photo of the light is looking mostly north and a tad west.|
Passing or rounding Point Judith is like entering a bit of a different realm.
|The Block Island Ferry, having just passed the Point Judith breakwater, makes way southward.|
I love the traditional vessels of the Block Island Ferry. The traditional vessels of the Block Island Ferry that are car carriers all load from the stern. I think the cars are backed in when loading.
|The Block Island Ferry makes way southward to Block Island. Block Island's North Light is on the right.|
|The fishing trawler "Cody" ply's it's trade in the waters about halfway between Point Judith and Block Island.|
|Block Island's north light comes into clearer view as a sailboat motors northward and a small pleasure fishing boat works the waters east of the reef that's located north of the island.|
The lighthouse on the title page of my blog is the Block Island North Light.
|The world famous "1BI" buoy, located about a mile or so north of the Block Island North Light, marking the northern edge of the shoal. Fishing vessels like to work the sides of the shoal.|
|The Block Island North Light, May 18, 2013.|
After passing Block Island's North Light, I continued southward along the islands west shore, en-route to the Great Salt Pond's inlet.
|A view of Block Island's Great Salt Pond inlet. The R-2 buoy is at far right (red-right-return). The stone breakwater in the middle of the photo also marks the red side of the channel.|
The inlet into Block Island's Great Salt Pond (also known as New Harbor) was easy to navigate on this day due to the mild conditions and good visibility.
|"Welcome to New Harbor..." sign on the starboard side of the New Harbor, inlet with the Block Island Coast Guard Station behind.|
Block Island's Great Salt Pond was quite empty on May 18, 2013.
|My Albin Vega 27, Freya (sailboat on the right) anchored at Block Island.|
I've found Block Island's Salt Pond to have pretty good anchor holding (mostly sand).
|A non-patented rock anchor with a clove hitch kept my dinghy from drifting off into the deep blue briny.|