Johann Duenhoelter MD

Johann Duenhoelter

Johann Duenhoelter MD




North America » United States » Alabama » Mobile December 8th 2010

Epilogue December 2010 The Marilsnick had made it; captain and crew were elated. There had been highlights and “lowlights” during our journey. The highlights were the 18-hour crossing of the Gulf of Mexico at night, the crossing of Lake Okeechobee, the endless but beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, my vacation onboard when Skip and Barb ran the boat, the entering of New York Harbor with my siblings, the vacation on land at the cottage of cousin Marianne Duenhoelter and the scenic wild Georgian Bay and Northern Channel, the camaraderie with other Loopers and finally returning to Dog River after having completed the Loop. The “lowlights” were the accident in St. Augustine at the Bridge of Lions and the two groundings. Problems, which I had to overcome were an unexplained weight loss of twenty pounds, which according to my ... read more

North America » United States » Alabama » Demopolis October 12th 2010

Midway Marina Fulton, MS 10/4/2010 Since I had arrived back from my drive to St. Louis late I could sleep in the next morning. It felt a little lonely to be by myself for a couple of days. I decided to visit the Shiloh Church battlefield. This battle during the early years of the Civil War cost about 26,000 soldiers their lives. The Union troops had taken a fort on the Tennessee River and another on the Cumberland River and after these successes tried via the Tennessee River to occupy Corinth, which had an important railway connection. Access was necessary in order to reach and control the all-important waterway - the Mississippi River. The commerce of the confederacy depended on the river. The Union troops landed at a place today known as Pittsburgh Landing. The Confederate ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago October 4th 2010

Mackinaw City, MI Municipal Marina August 14, 2010 Mackinaw City only has a population of 800 or so people. During the summer it is crowded with tourists. The townspeople have made the best of its location as an access to Mackinac Island. The island has been a tourist attraction since the days of the Fort, which ended in the 1880s. Three ferry companies in Mackinaw City seem to do a brisk business. On the main street of town one tourist shop crowds the next one. In the evening there is live music from a stage not far from my dock attracting the crowds. The most interesting attractions are a retired icebreaker a few yards away from my dock and the replica of the old fort somewhat out of town.. The Fort on Mackinac Island is worth ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri October 1st 2010

September 16, 2010 Hoppies Marina South of St. Louis on the western bank of the Mississippi River Rudolf Klingner and Wolfgang Helbig departed by cab to St. Louis on September 14th. They had been a great crew and we had kidded around as only friends can who have known each other for more than fifty years as in Rudolf’s case. He was off to Denver and the Rockies and Wolfgang was going to visit Washington, DC before returning to Germany. The Marina in Grafton, Il. - not as well known as that a few miles downriver in Alton was the home of hundreds of boats all stored undercover. The marina owners also accommodated several of us Loopers. The marina was clean and even had pump-out services at the dock. Initially the Marilsnick had to dock about ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois October 1st 2010

Joliet, IL City Dock along the Illinois River September 1, 2010 The days in Chicago were busy. Saturday night was party time at dock F. There were mostly smaller boats and sailboats which stayed in their slips so that the crews could party together. Strangers offered food to me but I was tired and turned in early. At around 11 PM someone knocked on my door. I had fallen asleep but could not overhear the loud knock. People across from my slip wanted me to join their party and offered a piece of birthday pie. In my undies I had opened the door so they understood that I was beyond partying. However I accepted the cake and went back to bed. The next night Horst’s daughter invited us to a party at one of her girlfriend’s ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Blind River August 14th 2010

Interlude in Blind Bay, near Parry Sound, Ontario July 24 - August 2, 2010 We spent a wonderful ten relaxing days at the cottage of my cousin Marianne and her husband Herbert Koenig in a little bay that ends blindly as the name indicates. We learned a bit about the “cottage culture”, which plays such a great role in this part of Ontario. Just like the thousands of cottages we had seen on the Trent-Severn Waterway the Koenig’s cottage was located right on the water’s edge and was built on rocks. Their only access was by boat. So they had to get out of their car near a little dock where about a dozen other cars were parked, pack all their belongings into a small motorboat and ride for about ten minutes across Blind Bay before ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » North Bay August 14th 2010

Interlude in Blind Bay, near Parry Sound, Ontario July 24 - August 2, 2010 We spent a wonderful ten relaxing days at the cottage of my cousin Marianne and her husband Herbert Koenig in a little bay that ends blindly as the name indicates. We learned a bit about the “cottage culture”, which plays such a great role in this part of Ontario. Just like the thousands of cottages we had seen on the Trent-Severn Waterway the Koenig’s cottage was located right on the water’s edge and was built on rocks. Their only access was by boat. So they had to get out of their car near a little dock where about a dozen other cars were parked, pack all their belongings into a small motorboat and ride for about ten minutes across Blind Bay before ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Buckhorn July 28th 2010

Hastings Public Marina Hastings, Ontario, Canada July 16, 2009 The Koenigs, my new crew and I had a nice lunch at the Patz restaurant just a few steps from our slip. It is always lively when three Duenhoelters are together and these three especially have a good time when they meet. Last fall we had cruised the canals of Berlin in Germany together. After lunch the Koenigs departed for Montreal and Wilfried and Manfred (see images above) began to make themselves comfortable on the boat. Before turning in at night we reviewed the marine weather report for Lake Ontario for the following morning, which predicted 10-15 knot winds and seas of 1 -2 feet. We were the first to leave the Marina at 7 AM and the reality of the open lake was different than the ... read more

North America » United States » New York » Albany July 28th 2010

July 6, 2010 Schenectady Yacht Club Schenectady, NY The journey goes on. The Marilsnick has been underway now for almost four months. Finally I am beginning to relax. With a familiar crew the adrenaline I put out during docking definitely has decreased. Yesterday was our last day on the Hudson River. The green banks floating by us for hours and hours were not boring but relaxing. A gentle breeze from the bow made the temperature, which was in the nineties tolerable. The trip from the marina in Rondout Creek to Coeymans was comfortable except for docking. I had to accomplish it by going against the stream, stern in and into a very narrow space. Fortunately I had good help.. In Coeymans, a village obviously founded by Dutch immigrants, a wonderful mechanic checked the Marilsnick’s electric system ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York July 3rd 2010

Segment #7: From Baltimore, MD to New York City, NY My sister Liesel suggested to reprint my diary instead of writing separately for the Blog. Hopefully my readers do not mind the longer comments and the more immediate impressions. On June 15th my new crew, Karl and Christel, and I left the Baltimore Harbor early. There was hardly any boat traffic although according to the radio the automobile traffic was busy. When we got into the open Chesapeake Bay the seas became a littler rougher, which did not bother Karl or Christel. We headed north and turned towards Worton Point and a few hours later in calm seas docked at the Green Point Landing Marina. Nobody answered radio or telephone but the son of the owner happened to be on the dock to help us. The ... read more




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