I thought we escaped the time warps once we left Kansas. I donít know how it happened but we seemed to have slipped into between 1670 and 1690 to the time of King Williamís War. One has to wonder how this keeps happening to us. So the setting is in South Berwick, Maine by the Mill dam on the Salmon Falls River. It is a tidal estuary and part of Great Bay. The tides lag the Portsmouth tide by about 1 hour and forty minutes.
Below the Mill Pond
So now we need to gear up for an expedition. You need to choose your gear. Start by selecting a flintlock rifle.
Gear Ė Flint Lock Rifle and Sword
I learned that gauge is how many lead balls it takes to make a pound of lead. These rifles are ten and twelve gauge. Make sure to keep your power dry during the trip. What else are you going to need?
Powder Horn, Pistol, Knives and Hatchet
Blunderbuss, Tomahawk and Kit bag
Tent, sleeping roll and paddles, water gourd lined with wax to keep water cold
Water Bottles and Ammunition
So are we all kitted up and ready for the adventure? We better gather a crew then.
We need a plan and a guide?
So we have geared up and assembled a crew, now we need a means of rapid conveyance in a tidal estuary such as Great Bay. The means adopted in the area we inhabit was the lateen rigged gundalow.† So we need a boat with a shallow draft. Here are a couple of possible designs:
Gundalow Plan 1
OK, we have geared up, assembled the crew, gotten a guide and now it is time to go:
Man the Ropes
Time to set sail
Catching the Wind
Some Music for the Voyage
Sailing into the sunset on the gundalow
Looking toward Moody point
Along for the ride, Wink!
After Sunset, we transported back to our normal time. But it was quite a voyage.
Mark and Wink