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Some of you might remember schooner Issuma . . . ? Since this post and this one five years ago, Richard Hudson has sailed the schooner from the Northern Atlantic, westward across the Northwest Passage to Alaska, down to Easter Island, and now he’s truly been gunkholing along the western side of southern South America, where there’s an archipelago not unlike parts of the coast of Maine.
Richard took these photos in mid-September, so this is approaching the start of spring here.
Don Jose, part of the Frasal fleet, is a multi-purpose transporter that sometimes transports commodities such as fish and wine.
Hull cleaning is done here in much the same way I’ve seen it done in Maine.
By the way, the distance from this archipelago in the south to the salt mines in the north of the country, Salar Grande de Tarapacá, Iquique-Chile, is about 1500 miles! These are the mines where much of the road salt stored in Staten Island and elsewhere along the eastern US come from.
So here’s a prime example of a sixth boro delight. No, THAT inspector is not immersed in the sixth boro! But the object of the inspection sailed into the East River last year in late August from the Sound and then out again heading north, up the Hudson River. Note the place and date on this foto, which I borrowed from Richard Hudson’s Issuma blog. Click here if you don’t know (like me) where the “Dolphin and Union Strait” is located.
So how does one get a 50′ schooner from the Rondout to the Yukon is less than a year? Some thoughts come to mind: very large truck, a C-17, squadrons of helicopters . . . or by just sailing it through the northwest passage, doing what a namesake failed to do some 400 years back!
Congratulations to Richard Hudson and his crew, who on Columbus Day 2010 poured me a distinctly tropical drink on Issuma, docked in Long Island City, Queens. Cheers. I trust you passed the mustachioed one’s inspection gloriously.
Issuma has traveled off four continents in the past two years: Europe, Africa, South America, and North America. In the past year alone, Issuma‘s landfalls have included Argentina and Nunavut. Yet, Issuma‘s skipper Richard Hudson has logged hundreds of hours sailing in the sixth boro, as well. His tow, the vessel slinging here on the towline–for sale–is none other than the charming Rosemary Ruth.
Issuma is Richard’s third schooner. See all the stories from Issuma back to Orbit II (which now lies thousands of feet below the surface of the North Atlantic between Iceland and Ireland) here.
Issuma–unstepped mast lying cabintop–by now might be off farther north and west, headed for Toronto before winter closes the Erie Canal. The tow will be left behind in Catskill, awaiting a new owner.
More fotos of the trip up the Hudson Valley coming soon. As an aside, with a vista like this, I find it credible that Henry Hudson, making this trip 401 years ago, could have believed this waterway would lead through the continent.
Related: Rosemary Ruth IS a signed piece of art. See the weld signature here.