Wednesday, June 8th

Today, a short passage of 23 miles takes us north under the Verrazona Narrows Bridge and into New York Harbor.  Every imaginable type of vessel traverses this harbor, from ocean-going cargo ships to cruise ships to tugs and barges to ferries and tour boats.  At times, it seems as if they are all converging on Cutter Loose at once.

One of the emotional highlights of this cruise is passing alongside Lady Liberty, holding her flaming torch high above her head.  While there are plenty of excursion boats that offer their passengers a close-up view of the statue, there is something special about being up front and personal with Ms Liberty in our floating  home away from home.

Lady Liberty strikes a pose for her photograph with Cutter Loose

Is is particularly apropos that we enter this harbor on June 8th since today would have been Bess’ 91st birthday.  As we passed by Ellis Island, we were reminded of her arrival in the U.S. from England at this very location at the age of two.  Absent the courage of her parents to emigrate, our summer cruise aboard Cutter Loose would never have materialized.  Thank you Bob and Edith and Harold and Bess.

Ellis Island

We are currently docked at Newport Marina in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Manhatten.  Since this is our first stay at a marina since leaving Rock Hall, we take advantage of the opportunity to accomplish domestic chores, including laundry and provisioning.  This evening, we strolled along the riverwalk to an Italian eatery that my former colleague Marjorie and I discovered while conducting an assignment for the City of Jersey City.  Tomorrow will be a lay day to explore the urban amenities of Manhatten.

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