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sailing and diving around the world
So, we departed Coeymans Landing and headed for KIngston, NY. We departed Coymans Landing early, as usual, and headed down the Hudson to Kingston. We passed the Athens Lighthouse on the way. It is one of the handful of lighthouses along the Hudson River, and it was built in 1874. We sailed past Catskill, which happens to be the birthplace of the name, 'Uncle Sam.' In 1812, Samuel Wilson supplied meat to the military, and the letters 'U.S.,' stamped on the barrels of meat gave rise to his nickname, 'Uncle Sam.' Uncle Sam's house was so beautifully luxurious that President Martin Van Buren, 'Old Kinderhook,' was married in his living room. Apparently, Uncle Sam wore striped pants. About 9 miles further down, we passed Saugerties, NY, and Saugerties Lighthouse, at Esopus Creek. It was built in 1864. As we neared Kingston, NY, we passed Rondout Creek Lighthouse, which was built in 1915.
We ended up tying up at the KIngston Maritime Museum Dock, for the night. It was a tranquil setting, but we didn't do much exploring. There didn't seem to be much going on this early in the season. We paid $1.50/ft/night, plus a $25 membership fee. We had a couple of meals in a couple of different restaurants. Dan bought me my first Harp beer, and it was pretty good. In fact, that's what I'm drinking right now as I type this, on the boat here in Annapolis.