This is a travel log of our boat journey to Misery Island.
July 25, 2007 (Click map above to view a live Google Map)
The Danvers Port Yacht Club was open to the public. We visited the club the day before and much to our surprise the club had lots of room for many patrons. The day before no one was in the restaurant nor the bar. The day of the boat cruise which was much later in the evening there were barely any places to sit. The place was packed!
The gazebo in front of the Porter River shot was irresistible. The club had a second level allowing a broader view of the river.
The back of the club featured this fake lighthouse and a presentation alter for weddings?
This is the yacht we sailed on out into the Atlantic Ocean named "Cubit". The owner's Dexter and Gail are selling the boat so it was real clean and in tip top shape.
As we board the ship some swans came right up to the side of the boat even before we launched.
Not only were the restaurant and bar busy but the docks were loaded with people boarding other boats. It would appear some people live on their boats as they were relaxing watching TV.
As we left the docks the homes surrounding the Porter River came into better view. Most of the mansions had docks in their backyards for their own boats.
We approached the Kernwood Bridge where we queued for the bridge to turn sideways so we could pass. Cars waited from both sides for the boats to pass.
We recognized these new condo complexes because we are able to view them from our upstairs window. We have never seen them from this view on the opposite side. This complex will soon connect with a major road to the largest bridge leading into Salem named the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Although built ten years ago the bridge construction continues today to complete the road directly into Salem.
This is the biggest bridge leading into Salem from Beverly named the Veterans Memorial Bridge. At the very end of the bridge it makes a sharp left and meets up with a small road leading to Salem. But this is not the direction the bridge was supposed to have gone. Leading straight the end of the bridge will eventually connect to a road that will end up a half mile away at the new condo complexes from the previous picture.
The Veterans Memorial Bridge is the largest bridge connecting Beverly with Salem. From this angle the bridge curves toward downtown Beverly which we have traveled several times. We eat and drink at Kitty O'Shea's Irish Pub in downtown Beverly. Beverly also puts on live summer concerts at the Beverly Commons. A famous magic act and second run movies are played at Beverly's Cabot Theater. But the main reason we know Beverly is because the RMV is in their town. Changing plates from California to Massachusetts required many trips simply because we did not know the procedures. By the way RMV is an acronym for Registry of Motor Vehicles.
View to the right.
View to the left.
Now we are finally out of the Porter River area. We traveled 2 miles and it took 45 minutes just to get here because boats can only go 5 m.p.h. (or is that knots?) in the river area. See that gap between the condos and the trees - that is the Atlantic Ocean - our destination.
This view from the side of the boat shows how narrow the walkway is to get to the front and back of the boat. Oh sorry the aft and stern, or is it starboard and bow or maybe port? I still don't know. Luckily no one went over board.
This lighthouse was the last jetty before the ocean opened up and land fell off into the distance.
The back of the boat featured an American Flag.
This is the inside of the boat. Quite roomy. This faces the back of the boat.
This shot faces the front of the boat. Notice the captain can steer from here inside the cabin and peek out the window to see where he is going. Below and to the right is the bathroom.
Close up of the ships steering area inside the cabin.
This kitchen was quite big for a boat. Notice the full size sink and oven!
Sunset at Misery Island. I fed that goose some of my cookie and it hung around the boat while we ate our dinners. Something else joined us for dinner.
MOSQUITOS!!! Before long we were all being attacked by pesky mosquitos. So I followed the captain's orders to unhook the rope from the mooring and we took off.
Heading for the Kernwood Bridge that goes crooked so we can pass on our way back to port.
A view of the captain's upper deck. Lots of gadgets and instruments I wish I had learned more about them. We enjoyed our trip through Salem Harbor so much that we have already been invited on their next voyage!