The decision has been made to NOT leave on Wednesday – mainly due to weather. It seems what’s left of Hurricane Sandy will be impacting our neck of the woods on Tuesday and Wednesday. Trying to move our little household on a sunny day is taxing enough on the body and spirit, but trying to do it in gale force winds and rain is just plain stupid.
So – Friday is the day. Inhale deeply, exhale slowly. The pressure is off.
Those of us left on the Island (with the closing of the Grand Hotel today and the exodus of its employees, the rock is now inhabited mainly by its 500+ year-round residents and a few late-to-leave summer folks like us) have been very tuned in to what’s happening with the hurricane. Island weather for tomorrow is calling for rain, gale force winds, tall waves, and – would you believe it – sleet and snow. Sounds like a good day to hunker down and keep packing – which is what we’ll do. It might, in fact, be all we CAN do if ferries and the Mackinac Bridge have to close due to winds.
In another storm-related story, we were so sad to hear today the HMS Bounty, a replica tall ship that visited the Island in August of 2010 (and several times before that), sank this morning approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C. The ship left Connecticut last week and was on its way to St. Petersburg, FL.
The Bounty tried to sail around the storm, but when she began to take on water, the 16 crew members donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats in 40 mph winds and 18-foot Atlantic Ocean seas. The Coast Guard almost immediately rescued 14 crew members, but it was tonight that a 15th unresponsive crew member was pulled from the water and has since died. One other person, ship’s captain Robin Walbridge, remains missing.
The replica of the original HMS Bounty was built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brandon and recently was used in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series. The Bounty had been sailing around the country for the last several years, offering a glimpse into maritime history.
Our prayers go up that the missing person will be safely rescued.
A Few Random Photos
If you are in harm’s way tonight, please be safe and know that prayers are lifting for each of you.
See you back here tomorrow night.