Every now and then, a really large ship will utilize the Canal. Usually I only get to see the same barges and commercial/industrial type vessels. There was one night I was taking Russell to his truck when we saw the top of a massive ship towering over the buildings along Main Street. We were unable to get down there in time to see what it was....it would have been gone by the time we stopped at all the lights and signs and turned into the park.
Last week, I happened to see a post on the Bourne Facebook page that a 750' cruise ship would be making it's way through the Canal, from Sagamore down to my end, that evening. Russell and I jumped in the car and headed down to wait. What can I say? Small town excitement.
I shot this while we waited. That's the moon on the left. Not bad for hand held and being pitch dark but for the moon and bridge lights.
Moon reflection on the water.
We waited around 20 minutes and finally saw it slooooowly making it's way towards us. Yes, that's a fisherman in the foreground....the stripers have been biting and night fishing is very popular here.
The Balmoral started its voyage from Southampton, England and had already visiting Nova Scotia, Boston and Salem. It was on its way to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, the down the east coast to the Caribbean before returned home to England. It's a 35 day cruise.
We could see lots of people lined up on the balconies, waving to us and whooping, and we all waved back too.
Safe travels, Balmoral!