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  •  Thank you for being long winded here; (0+ / 0-)

    i had to fetch DeVoto's 'Course of Empire' and read his section on Capt. Robert Gray, master of the Columbia.  Very good (the history revealed and DeVoto's style.

    One excerpt (on summing up the skirmishes between the Columbiaand the native tribes in what is now 'Gray's Harbor') is as follows:  

    "The Northwest trade had its ruggedness: you killed a large percentage of the customers in order to do business with the rest on terms you considered proper."

    On something more marine, what is it like now to make passage into or out of Gray's Harbor (or even the Columbia River) I wonder?

    Thank you.

    We've reached the point where we're unfazed by things that should shake us to the core. –Bill McKibben (Volva Award recipient)

    by ume on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 08:18:00 AM PDT

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    •  Cold and wet (2+ / 0-)
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           Thanks for the reference to DeVoto, I'm unfamiliar, I'll look it up. I've been away from "things that float" for awhile now and it's time I read a little more of that history.
           Sailing in and out of Grays Harbor is a bit dull. It's pretty shallow so you're following the dredged channel. Though I have seen grey whales inside! I was worried about them. The weather is just awful. So much it's just low grey wet misery. I say that as a native Portlander. I like rain, but this is so much the same all the time. I don't like Southern California for the same reason, blue sky and warm, blue sky and warm. Make it stop! (Bitching and moaning is rule one and two for a sailor.)
           Crossing the bar of the Columbia is much more fun. Assuming you're not actively dying of course. Everyone says that their bar is the most dangerous, but Lloyd's of London says its the Columbia. I've been lucky, I've never had to cross on a bad day, I've even seen in completely flat. Very rare.
           I have to stop now, I'm wanting to go back out. I miss the good parts. But the bad parts, well, there is nothing worse than a bad day at sea.

      Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. - Agnes Repplier

      by MarinerOne on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:18:59 AM PDT

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