A couple of weeks ago my wife and I and of course our pups, Ray and Zed, decided on an evening suppa’ cruise around Sears Island and then Belfast harbor. The sun had set by the time we made it back to the “anchorage basin” (as I call it) of the inner harbor. As I had one more glass of white wine to consume (Pat was at the helm) we decided to check out the latest goings on.
If you know anything about the history of Belfast, you know it wasn’t all that long ago that Belfast had a reputation as Schmaltzport, indicating the amount of chicken fat in our fair waters. Back then about the only boats in the harbor were the tugs and some pretty beat up and fat laden work boats. Not so today as a few of my photos from that one evening testify.
The “Almost Perfect” out of Treasure Island Florida
The “Oasis” from Kodiak Alaska
Here’s a beauty from The British Virgin Islands
Of course we wouldn’t be complete without one from Newport RI
And the prize for farthest travels.. the “Hassebas” from Eemnes, The Netherlands
I understand the the presence of these boats from their many different Ports of Call would mean little to the harbors of Camden, or Bar Harbor, or Boothbay. But to my knowledge those esteemed yachting destinations haven’t been through the transformation that Belfast has seen.
We’ve got some catching up to do but we’re on our way. Right now though, Belfast is a pretty nice place to be.
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