It’s pretty early to say this, but spring is definitely in the air – you can see it in the slant of the sun, the later sunset, and the sound of the birds. The green sprouts of daffodils have poked several inches out of the ground, and the ones tucked into the corner with southern exposure where the stone chimney juts out of the house, have dull yellow buds. So one can’t help thinking about places to walk, hike, sail and other wonderful activities. Today, we’re walking the Hella and Scott McVay trail at the D&R Greenway in Princeton, so I’ll post that later. But right now I’m going to look back at last summer when we went sailing on the A J Meerwald.
The A J Meerwald is a Delaware Bay oyster schooner, a unique ship designed to meet the needs of the local oyster fishery, that was launched in 1928. The A J Meerwald was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore before the decline of the shipbuilding industry that coincided with the Great Depression. Today, you can sail on this ship through Delaware Bay and beyond.