Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cannon Battles on San Diego Bay 2009

Well, today (Sunday January 25th) was both cloudy and windy. The sea was over-enthusiastic for a good send off for the last Cannon Battles on San Diego Bay show of the year (courtesy of the Maritime Museum), I suppose. I hung around at the tip of Broadway Pier on the Embarcadero in Downtown for a while until the wind got inside my sweater and shirt. Four tall ships were anticipating this weekend; the HMS Surprise (a replica of an 18th Century Royal Navy frigate), the revenue cutter Californian (the state's official tall ship), the privateer Lynx, and the schooner Amazing Grace. The last three were carrying paid passengers... Yours truly wasn't one of them since I haven't got $35 to spare at the moment. Anyhow, I got a few good photos off it and put them together into a slide show....

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Just as the clock ticked to 1PM start time, they were off in hot pursue of the HMS Surprise, who made a beeline South, scattering the many yachts, sail boats, harbor cruisers, and various waterfowls in the area. The tiny but adorably feisty Amazing Grace tailed her everywhere as the bigger revenue Californian and Lynx took a while to get into their rhythm. Once warmed up, though, the Californian proved delightfully tricker happy and shot at just about every tall ship in sight. The bangs reverberated through skyscrapers-filled Downtown until 4PM closing time.
I wish we wouldn't have to wait a whole year for the next round... That was fun!

1 comment:

Georg said...

HMS Surprise, what a surprise. I know this ship well because of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. Great reading.

By the way, these two are lovers of classical music of their time and when a free moment appears they play the violin, on board. You can even buy recordings where those pieces are performed.

POB wrote 20 books and I own six. All wonderful and if you like special English, here you have it.

Georg