I should preface all of this by noting that Mosey On is back in the water with her full crew complement. No hazardous weather noted during our brief foray into the Caribbean…and just a wee nick in their rum stocks. We’ve re-provisioned with somewhat more than “a little bacon and a little beans” and begun our Fall Cruise down the Chesapeake…toward Baltimore….where we heard over the radio that the Coast Guard had closed off the Inner Harbor for The Big Celebration (tall ships, fireworks, giant flag, and Blue Angels)! I admit to some serious puzzlement…No mention of any of this in the bars on Virgin Gorda!
Which brings me back to Johnny Horton’s ballad that some might remember …and rather forget (here’s a helpful link to the full lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/j/johnny_horton/battle_of_new_orleans.html ). So there it was, the key to the puzzle…..Baltimore is celebrating the bicentennial of its pivotal (?) role in the War of 1812…the British failed to reduce Ft. McHenry on Sept. 24th, 1814 and we got the Star Spangled Banner as a result. On the same day, a separate British force did reduce the White House to ashes in a fit of spitefulness…This, too, was deemed worth briefly celebrating… http://theweek.com/speedreads/index/266948/speedreads-british-embassy-tweets-200th-anniversary-of-the-burning-of-washington-in-war-of-1812 . So the history we (and apparently the Brits) remember from The War of 1812 all happened in 1814….and the net result was a draw.
We might do as well to ‘celebrate’ our 200 years of cooperation with that other one-time world power.
I’d raise a pint to that!