Upper Bay Trip – Aug. 2, 2014
Last year, the Chapter hosted a lower bay trip from Virginia Beach and saw the New and Old Cape Henry lights, the Cape Charles light and the remote Chesapeake Light tower. Despite choppy seas, approximately ten members earned their coveted 40+3 patch. In 2014, we are hoping to do a northern bay trip to see some of the elusive off-shore lighthouses in the upper portions of the bay and hope to include more members in the 40+3. The trip will roughly coincide with the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Lighthouse Service – on August 7, 1789.
Come join us on August 2 in Baltimore for a six hour cruise. We will charter the Annapolitan II, owned by Watermark charters, and leave from the Light Street finger piers at approximately 8:00 am and return at 2:00 p.m. On our itinerary are the following: the Chesapeake Lightship, Seven Foot Knoll, the Lazaretto Point Replica Lighthouse, Fort Carroll (hanging on for dear life!), the Upper and Lower Front and Rear Range Craighill Channel Lights (4) and Pooles Island. We’ll also see at least one skeletal range beacon – at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
The trip is contingent upon 60 signups. We have a “go or no go” date of June 3rd. The boat reservations will be limited to 75 people to provide some elbow room and possible foul weather shelter.
If you are interested in the trip, please complete the trip registration form below, pay via PayPal or send a $25. per person deposit check. This will hold a “reservation” for you. The deposit check will be held until we have a minimum of 60 reservations. The balance is due by July 5. Returned checks incur a $35 fee and subject your reservation to cancellation. The cost of the trip is $95.00 per person for Chapter members and $105.00 per person for non-members. A box lunch from a local Baltimore Inner Harbor deli, beverage and trip folder are included in the price. There will also be a cash bar aboard, if you wish to purchase an additional beverage – water, soda, iced tea, coffee, etc. The Chapter Loft will be available if you would like to purchase Chapter merchandise. Door prizes will be awarded during the cruise. If you are collecting the USLHS passport stamps, we will have the stamps for the Fort Carroll, the four Craighills, and the Pooles Island lighthouses. The stamps for the Chesapeake Lightship and Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse are located at their respective sites. The Lazaretto Point Replica Light stamp can be found at the ranger desk of the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor Center. If you will complete your 40+3 quest on this trip, please note this on your registration form. If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact me at (703) 494-8344 or by email at email@example.com. Directions to the Annapolitan II dock and box lunch options will be provided once the trip is confirmed.
To see photos of the Annapolitan II, visit the website yachtchartersonthebay.com/charter-gallery.
So, please join the Chapter on August 2, for a good time on the Bay with fellow lighthouse fans and celebrate the Chapter’s 25th anniversary. See you in Baltimore.