Thomas Point, MD to Coinjock, NC


The stillness of our Thomas Point anchor age changed slightly as shifting wind raised a light chop that started slapping against the hull.  The change from quiet and no boat motion to a bit of movement and waves slapping gently woke me up.  Normally I’d listen, decide if action was necessary, and if not, adjust to the changed benign conditions and drift back off.  This time was different.  Ruth was awake too, and we began to talk. Eager about being on the move we decided to leave a bit early; it was 4am, first light would be about 6:45am and it was a moonless night.

Quickly we had the engines warming up, radar working, GPS route activated and the electronic charts operational on the laptop. With everything set I raised the anchor and our attention turned to avoiding trap floats.  Ruth steered, I stood outside with our portable spotlight scanning the water ahead.  Five minutes later we were back in the channel, and I was back inside confirming our position as we worked our way down the Potomac looking for unlighted buoys between the lighted buoys ahead.

Suddenly there were headlights up ahead moving toward us.  As we closed on it,  a red light finally appeared out of the glare of one of the lights and shortly after we could determine we were seeing a waterman working his traps using headlights to light up the trap floats.  Shortly afterwords we felt we were in the middle of watermen rush hour as many headlights sparkled in the darkness ahead.

Our early start made for a wonderful day and a 107 mile run and arrival at Deltaville early enough to go off and explore a bit before settling in for the evening.  We slept in a bit and once underway we joined a fleet of boats threading their way out of Deltaville’s winding opening and then heading for Norfolk.

House in the Ghent Neighborhood

In spite of a rainy day Norfolk was a kick.  Ruth had scoped out a neighborhood to explore and soon we were enjoying the character of the houses in the Ghent District.

Chrysler Art Museum

Click on picture to see antimation

We stopped to explore the Chrysler Museum. The founder of the museum, Walter Chrysler (son of the original Walter P Chrysler who started Chrysler Motors) was an extraordinary collector especially of glass.   A collection of live video performance art fascinated us as we stood in front of the camera and watched our artistically altered images.

Sailors working to furl sails

An impressive sight between the buildings

A bit of paint chipping and painting


A really tall ship the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, Norwegian training ship (she’s 321 ft long and towers 158 ft into the air) tied up at the edge of the marina.  Sailors put on a bit of a show securing sails as she docked.  Later when the sun came out a crew started chipping paint and repainting her steel hull.

Warship in for refit

Norfolk harbor is always fascinating.  This passage it was gift wrapped war ships in dry dock that caught our eye as we headed toward the lock at Great Bridge and south through the Virginia Cut and Currituck Sound on our way to Coinjock, NC.


One Response to “Thomas Point, MD to Coinjock, NC”

  1. Tim & Michelle Says:

    The video looked just like you guys. I even recognized Ruth’s red shirt.

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