Cruising Saint Augustine's harbour

Published: June 10th 2015
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Whenever we stay somewhere near a waterfront we try to take a short orientation cruise, if possible, early in our visit. It was warm by Canadian standards in St Augustine in February (high 50s F / mid teens C), so we decided it was time to do so. Here are some photos from our 75-minute cruise around the harbour, more correctly known as Matanzas Bay, starting at the Municipal Marina.

We had a choice of three vessels: the “Victory III” (a contemporary double-decker), the “Black Raven” (a ‘family fun pirate ship’), and the 72’ (22m) schooner “Freedom”. We decided to take the ‘Victory III”, because it offered a more stable platform for photography. Nevertheless, I found the “Freedom” particularly interesting, because its masthead was flying the ‘First Navy Jack’, a version of the American 1776 ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Gadsden Flag. I gather this has become popular since 9/11 and the inception of the War on Terror. For more info: .

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