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Old 15 July 2007, 16:38   #41
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I think you will find a few other parts of the UK joined in as well........
Only because we made them.
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Old 15 July 2007, 16:39   #42
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Being a Canuck, we were on the same side Biggles. Don't confuse me with them thar 'Mericans down south. They're still cranky 'cause we buned down the President's house!
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Old 15 July 2007, 17:18   #43
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Hi Stoo
Thanks for the info. on the self righting bag. I am well aware of the issues involving inflating bags. Useed to test airbags for helicopters. yes, your right about the valve size and speed of opening. When I get a chance I will post a pic. of my CO2 powered 2 inch mortar that fires spuds 300 yards. May make a mount for the front of the RIB. That would really get a lot of attention, maybe too much.
Regarding the 1812 war.
That was the most stupid thing the US ever did. Madison thought it would be a good idea to invade Canada, What the hell was he thinking about? The US Continental Navy had 12 ships, the British had over 500. He also lied that the reason for the war was British impressment, but the real reason was that the British blockaded US E. coast ports because they were suppling food to Napoleon. When the tide turned on the Napoleonic war 500 US merchant ships sailed to Bermuda to get a warrant from the British to supply Wellington's army. They shipped to Spain and were paid in gold and that is what started the New York banking system. Thank goodness it did not last long and was ended by treaty. However, the US public are still brainwashed into thinking they won that war.
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However, the US public are still brainwashed into thinking they won that war.
Best to let them think that... otherwise, they might try to do it again. I suspect it would be a tougher go this time 'round!

Cove Island (which I can see out my window) has a sheltered harbour in it's SW corner. At the mouth of this inlet, there is a small islet, which has a cliff that is perhaps 20' high. Just below the water line, there are a couple of sunken cribs.

The story goes that during the 1812 conflict, the Brits used to moor a couple of small ships to these cribs where they could hide, but still have a clear view of the main channel that leads from Lake Huron into Georgian Bay. They would lie in wait for any American ships, then ambush them. Their masts would have protruded above the island, but I suppose thay could be easily disguised with a few tree branches!
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Only because we made them.
It's probably the other way around - many of the pressgang officers were Welsh!!!
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Old 16 July 2007, 07:41   #46
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It's probably the other way around - many of the pressgang officers were Welsh!!!
Do doubt thanks to their charm and powers of persuasion~
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Old 18 October 2007, 09:49   #48
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It's been a while...

...since I've posted anything from Tobermory. We have had a tremendous summer here with warm, dry weather, which has continued until recently. A couple of weekends ago, we decided to head out on little overnight trip to Manitoulin Island which is about 40 miles from Tobermory. Manitoulin has the honour of being the largest fresh-water Island in the world. There is a ferry that runs from Tob to South Bay, a tiny village there. Most of the Island is undeveloped with only a few small communities and a large contingent of First Nations residents.

1. Passing a friend's dive tugs at Bear's Rump Island. They're diving the wreck of the M.V. Forest City which sits in 155' of water
2. Arriving in South Bay Mouth, the ferry terminus and a popular sport fishing destination
3. Loading up after the mandatory ice-cream cone break
4. Evenings get cool now... Tobermory leisure wear
5. Dinner on the fire... Pork tenderloin, corn on the cob, beans and white wine... We camped near a beaver lodge where the residents kept the 4-legged beast amused most of the night

Our total trip ended up being just under 100 miles with a few side-trips.

This morning it's wet, foggy and hints of a few snow flurries across the lake... sigh...
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Old 18 October 2007, 15:30   #50
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What a life!!!
Well, I only post pics of the good parts... The rest of it is filled with drudgery like the rest of you...
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