September 25th, 2013
The Liberty Fleet's 67' Schooner Liberty Star departs Boston as autumn approaches. She is looking like a Haitian Cargo Vessel as she heads north to Gloucester Marine Railways, where she will be out-hauled for yard. Her captain Cory Crowner, a Florida native can't wait take her south. Her 1st mate Jon Cook is another Florida native, who longs for those southern latitudes. Senior Deckhand Clinton White, a Delaware-native, has spent the most time with Liberty Star out of anyone on the crew, sailing her north for the summer from the Virgin Islands to Boston. Deckhand Seth Mathews, a Michigan-native, has been with the fleet for the summer season in Boston, and is excited to head out on the open ocean. Deckhand Mark Russell, a New York City-native, joined Liberty Star for her transit south, leaving behind his 8 year tenure with Shearwater. Deckhand Erin Johnson, a Illinois-native, joined the crew up in yard after sailing the summer up in the great lakes on Red Witch. Writing to you this update is Deckhand Kyle Glowacky, a New England-native, who hopes you will enjoy these posts from time to time.
October 16th, 2013
Yard work is hard work, but after spending three weeks in yard, she is finally ready for her transit south. We depart Gloucester for Boston to pick up a few things, and for the administrative staff to send us off. We depart Boston the very next day headed through the Cape Cod Canal for Newport, RI. From there we head south following the coast line to Fort Lauderdale, FL, where we will be getting a new refrigeration system installed.
While Mark and I were on the 4-8 watch we were hailed by VHF radio by Captain Dylan of the Liberty Clipper. There were just off our stern, and by 9:30am we had a rendezvous just south of Cape Hatteras, NC.
The seas were calm, so I asked Captain Crowner if I could go aloft. He had me finish the electrical work for a mainmast spreader lights.
We just stopped in to Charleston, SC for fuel, and will be headed out in the next couple of hours.
Off the coast of Georgia making our way towards Florida.
Arrived safely docked to Peanut Island.
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