High adventure on the Delaware River and bay
Sea Scouts of Ship 90, the “NORTH STAR,” New Milford, Pa. ran the rapids of the Delaware River this June for the thirty-second year.
They ran the famous rapids of Cedar, Barryville, Shohola, Stairway, Mongaup, Hacks Nest and Eel Weir. All canoes were sunk at least once in the white water of the Delaware River, a very exciting river to canoe.
The sea scouts had a base camp at Ascalona Camp Ground near the Lackawaxen River and canoed for two different days to Matamoras, Pa., a distance of 27 miles each day, for a total of 54 miles for two days.
Attending from Ship 90 Sea Scouts were boatswain mate Anthony Miller, Steve Hinkley, Lizzy Hinkley, Mill Smith, La Anna Farnelli and Austin Anderline from Boy Scout Troop 265 in Greenfield Township, Skipper Chuck Jaget, First Mate Judy Dennis, Second Mate Helen Reed, Commodore Ron Hall, and Davis Reed who was in charge of transportation.
Because of the heavy rain the weeks before, the rapids were at its best in years.
In July, the Sea Scouts sailed for eight days on the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean and a two day voyage to Cape May, N.J. and back to Lewes, Del.
The Sea Scouts took charge of all sailing operations, docking, navigation and galley duties. Ship 90 used two 30-foot sailboats provided by Sea Scout 198, the “EAGLE” from Lewes, Del.
Because of light winds on some of the days, they were forced to motor sail part of the eight days.
They also enjoyed swimming in the Atlantic Ocean at Rehoboth Beach, Del., the boardwalk and amusement park and saw large sea turtles and dolphins while sailing.
The sea scouts also completed many of the requirements for Apprentice, Ordinary and Able seaman ranks.
Sailing with Ship 90 were: Boatswain Josh Warner, Tiffany Spencer, David Stude, Diana Stude, Mika Smith, La Anna Farnelli, Skipper Chuck Jaget, and First Mate Judy Dennis.