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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Presenting, TOM TOBY!!!

What an amazing feeling. I spent months talking about her, months working on her, and she is finally done.

It just couldn't have been a better day. There was a lot to do and with the help of a bunch of great friends, it turned into something I'll never forget.

I "soft" launched her at school and rowed over the the Pelican Bridge beach. Rowing was tough, my thole pins were proving troublesome, and I was not quite ready for the difference. So, I arrived a little late but I don't think it mattered. I was greeted by the biggest group of friends I could imagine. My friend Josh started a bonfire on the beach, and I had sent some official Royal Navy Grog over to start it off. I was really worried about being so late but then I realized I provided rum so I don't think anyone was complaining.

I beached her and greeted my friends and then we toasted. To Neptune, the four winds, and proclaimed her Tom Toby! Tom Toby was the name of a privateer vessel who served with the Texas Navy during the revolution.

Then, liberal amounts of grog, rum, and beer were passed around and it turned into quite the party. Absolutely unforgettable.

I want to thank all my friends, teachers, family and Kelly for everything everybody did, big or small. I could not have done this without y'all's enthusiastic support.

So what do I do next?

Well, I have to make some oars, fix a seal and fix the oar lock situation but after that I'm a bit lost. Definitely going to step a mast soon and stitch up some canvas, then we'll see how she moves under the wind!

But what is the future of Neptune Nation? I have some ideas, some very exciting. All I know is that to me Neptune Nation has become a source of inspiration about our relationship with the water. I think I want to explore that, and I encourage you to do so with me.

Thanks for everything!

Water is Life


If you want to learn more about the Thomas Toby, go to The Texas Navy website, great stuff!
Check out my friends green, sustainable, sailing research vessel here on Galveston at JPL Marine Labs!
And check out my new add to a Maritime History blog at Maritime Texas and his Civil War Blog!

Thank you Blogs of Note!!!


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