The current and tide dictated an afternoon departure from Delaware City on Sunday so we decided to make it a short day and stop on the other end of the canal in Chesapeake City. Applying our lessons learned from running into the dike, we carefully reviewed the chart for our intended route and also looked at Active Captain and the Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners. Anything we weren’t sure of we looked up on Chart Number One, and we wrote reminders on a write on/wipe off board that we had purchased at Staples in Delaware City. Although I was nervous leaving, all of the preparation made for an overall much less stressful trip. It looks like we have a new evening routine from this point forward!
While the C&D is reportedly the third busiest canal in the world, we didn’t see any freighters as we motored along. Not that we were disappointed about that given that they take up their half and the middle too.
It was an uneventful afternoon and soon we found ourselves setting the anchor in Chesapeake City. It was a pretty tiny anchorage with stone walls a bit too close for comfort on three sides of it, but we were quickly snuggled in. I wanted to check out the C&D Canal Museum the next day, so we had decided to stay for two nights and leave on Tuesday.