The perch from which I write in Portsmouth,Virginia, overlooks Mile Zero of the Intracoastal Waterway, the neck of the funnel through which pass the snowbird migrations following the temperate weather south in the fall and north in the spring. Somewhere here, the Chesapeake ends, and the military and industrial complex of the Elizabeth River narrows to the ICW.
Oil painting by Richard Loud
Richard Loud, the son of a shipwright from Quincy Bay, Massachusetts, grew up surrounded by sailing vessels and the men who built them. Exposed early on to both the wonders and the practical aspects of boat design and construction, Loud developed a passionate love for sailing and sailing vessels that helped define his life.
Photos by Hayden Cochran & Stephen Blakely
Technically, it’s Elbow Reef Lighthouse, which is why it was built: to mark one of the deadliest shallows in the North Atlantic shipping lanes. But it’s better known as Hope Town Light, a red-and-white candy-striped tower in the most beautiful and historic little harbor town in the Bahamas.
A rampaging jet stream, Arctic clippers, thunder and snow — it’s the polar vortex! At times, the winter of 2014 has seemed more like a disaster movie than a season.
Although it still may go out like a lamb, there’s no doubt it came in like a lion, with some of the coldest weather ever recorded in many areas. More than 185 million Americans were affected, and more than a dozen deaths were attributed to the intense cold and winds.
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