After Adam's graduation from Boston University - Adam left at 8am on Monday the 15th for his United orientation in Chicago. Tina took him to Logan and then returned to Guilford for work. We had breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts at Newton Corners, checked out of the hotel and decided to head south for Newport as it was not raining there. Dave loves to drive in America, feelings of euphoria left from his old rallying days of three decades earlier, so we hit the interstate and drove to Bristol, RI to visit the famed Hershoff Maritime Museum. We decided to have lunch in Bristol before attending the museum and stopped at a great seafood restaurant, Quito’s, where we ate before an open fire. Oddly enough, we ran into an old friend of Dave, Bill Larson, walking into the restaurant so we dined together. We had not seen Bill in 15 years when we were his home for a cocktail party during the Newport Boat Show. We enjoyed visiting and continued on to the museum.
What can I say? Hershoff was a great designer, as well as builder, and we totally enjoyed every aspect of the multifaceted exhibitions. We had the “royal tour’ given by the curator himself and visited with the director whom we had met at the Dark & Stormy Regatta in Anegada, BVI, in 2005. It was truly and enjoyable afternoon – especially the America’s Cup Gallery. Bill Koch’s America3 was outside and was just amazing. The Hershoff designs were in another room and were so impressive that I decided that this museum warranted an article in the next All At Sea.
We had been invited to stay at Thorpe’s apartment in Newport but as he had other guests he arranged for us to spend the next two nights gratis at The Yankee Peddler, a lovely B & B in downtown Newport. We highly recommend this establishment if you are going to be in Newport. Laura Coggshall, the manager and Thorpe’s friend whom we had met during several BVI regattas, made us feel right at home and gave us all types of recommendations for a great time. We had clam chowder for dinner and retired early as we both were still suffering from rain and colds.
On Tuesday the 16th Dave took me on a guided tour of Newport. We visited the Inn at Castle Hill, Belleview Drive and Millionaires Row, Ocean Cliff and Fort Adams State Park. I particularly enjoyed returning to the Sail Newport location where, some 15 years ago, I had taken the Caribbean J-24 Ladies Team to compete in the 1991 J World Regatta – a nice trip down memory lane as that was my first excursion with Dave. We had a late, but delightful, lunch at Yesterdays in downtown Newport where I had a delicious spinach salad and we both enjoyed another clam chowder. We took in the Newport Boat Show in the afternoon and I bought some yarn at the Knitting Needles to begin a summer shawl. We retired early without dinner for a wonderful night’s rest.
We left Newport on Wednesday morning and drove to New Bedford to visit the Whaling Museum. I had long heard about life in New Bedford as John Horton, my former father-in-law was brought up there. It was a typical old New England fishing and whaling town that, although interesting, had most probably seen better days. The museum was well done and we enjoyed an informative film relating the history of whaling in the town during the 19th century. Actually, whaling took place for only 100 years – from 1810 to just prior to World War l with some 300,000 whales being slaughtered during that time. This, quite naturally, led the way to their near extinction during our lifetime.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch of Portugese scallops at Antonio’s Restaurant on Coggshall Street – I wonder if those Coggshalls were related to my ancestors – there seem to be a lot of them in the area. After lunch we left New Bedford and headed for Bow, NH, where we had a delightful stay with Dave’s brother, Larry and his wife Pam, for several days. While there we explored all of the nearby areas that had been flooded out by the recent rains in Larry’s four wheel drive. We caught up on our e-mails and I submitted four stories to All At Sea for the July issue. Their home is beautifully lawned and comfortable with Pam’s artistic style everywhere. She has lovingly stenciled all of the upper walls which is a delight to the eye and blends in well with her many antiques.
Dave and Larry made a trip to Manchester to see their older sister Cynthia, with Larry below, and enjoyed this Cooper family reunion. Pam cooked delicious meals for us which we thoroughly enjoyed. On our day of departure, Friday May 19th, we took them for fried clams at the Beef & Surf restaurant before driving to Meredith, NH, and a nice stay with daughter Diane and Art.
The Ida Lewis Yacht Club (above) where Nancy had taken the 1991 Caribbean J-24 Team for the Worlds Cup.
Nancy by the fire at Quitos on the right - The Yankee Peddler below with Jane and Laura