Voyage of the ‘Apolemia’ (4)
Voyage of the ‘Apolemia’ (4) by Darkroom Daze
PEREGRINE HARRIERS(*) TRIP, SEPTEMBER 2007 (4).
Captain Gill shows a nifty pair of oars, while Cox Barry keeps the stroke. Jill in the bow is trying not to fall overboard. Here they are going out in the inflatable dinghy to get to Gill & Barry’s boat, the Apolemia (out of sight to R), in Salcombe Harbour in the Kingsbridge Estuary at Salcombe, Devon (England), to set sail for our great voyage down the estuary.
This view looks northwards from a little quay at East Portlemouth on the opposite side of the estuary to Salcombe (away to the L) and a short distance east and upstream from it.
Gill and Barry hosted this PH trip at their place in Slapton, South Devon.
The weather got wetter and windier through the day, though it wasn’t not too bad at this point while we were in the shelter of the nearby shore. But later it got really squally, and was too bad to risk getting a camera out. So I don’t have much of a photo record of the trip itself, but Gill has kindly provided some photos of her own (attributed) to supplement mine and give a better record of the trip. We went downstream past Salcombe as far as The Bar, tried to put the sails up, nearly overturned, and didn’t risk taking the boat further out into more open water, so we went about and then upstream for a bit before returning. A mighty voyage of about two hours!
(*) PEREGRINE HARRIERS
We (Peregrine Harriers) meet for a few days every year, to do a mixture of walking, sightseeing, natural history and geology. In recent years we have also tried to do a boat trip, in this case in Gill & Barry’s own boat. Four of the six of us have Natural History Museum (London) connections, and we all have science backgrounds in one or more of geology, natural history and aquatic biology. We gave ourselves the name, ‘Peregrine Harriers’, to commemorate our rather pathetic attempts to identify birds of prey during the first trip (to Lundy, an island off North Devon). It’s a conflation of ‘peregrine falcon’ and ‘hen harrier’, both of which we thought we’d seen on Lundy, but could never quite agree about the identification. Other people we asked at the time, told us something different again, so we were none the wiser.
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