2005 Chesapeake Bay Cruise

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Course: ASA 104 Intermediate Coastal Cruising 
Date: May 25-29, 2005
Students: Bonnie Russell, George Siegle & William Dickerson
Captain: Joe Kliment

May 25, Wednesday
After introductions, the students became familiar with the vessel & the course agenda. We evaluated the weather, discussed navigation and assignments. An inventory of galley supplies was completed before purchasing the provisions necessary for the cruise menu plan. After checking out the ship, we left the dock with George at the helm and Bill navigating. We proceeded to Dobbins Island, to spend our first night at anchor. The aroma of diesel fuel disrupted this picturesque setting and a fuel leak was found near the engine. It was determined that the tools & expertise needed to fix this problem were not aboard the ship, so the cruise was in jeopardy.

May 26, Thursday
After consulting with the staff at MSSS, we returned to Rock Hall and boarded SCHOLARSHIP for the remainder of the cruise. We again set sail, heading to Annapolis where Bill skillfully piloted us to a mooring. The crew enjoyed the evening ashore and a fine dinner at Pusserís.

May 27, Friday
After learning that the Severn River would be closed for security because President Bush was speaking at the Naval Academy Graduation, we hurriedly left early to avoid being confined there. With Bill at the helm, we headed to St. Michaelís while Bonnie navigated. George brought us to the dock at the Maritime Museum. The crew enjoyed another good dinner ashore at the Crab Claw.

May 28, Saturday
George took us out of St. Michaels and we headed up the Eastern Bay to Kent Narrows. Our navigator Bill checked the weather and reported a strong cold front with squalls was expected, so we proceeded to Swan Creek where we anchored safely in 40 knot winds.

 May 29, Sunday
Bonnie was at the helm as we left the anchorage and proceeded to Haven Harbor in Rock Hall, where we refueled, filled with water and pumped out. Bill expertly docked SCHOLARSHIP at Spring Cove and the students took their exam, which they all passed. We cleaned the ship and awarded Certificates to this crew that had suffered mechanical, political & weather problems, but persevered to accomplish their goal!

 Captain Joe Kliment
Rock Hall, MD
June 1, 2005

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