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Sunset Cruise On Schooner “Argia” Off Mystic, Connecticut.

by Anura Guruge

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Taken with a rented Nikon D500.

Evening of Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Teischan and I both like being out on the water, and doing so on boats. So doing a cruise or ferry crossing of some sort was definitely on the agenda for our 3-day jaunt to Mystic, Connecticut — primarily to visit the famed aquarium.

I had seen ads for the ‘Argia‘ schooner, online, even before we left. So I had made a mental note that it could be a possibility. On our first time into Mystic per se, as opposed to the aquarium which is situated just outside (right on I-95 (to speak)), we saw a sign for the ‘Argia Cruises’, pointing down a side road, just before we got into town. I turned in — and it was easy enough to find since they have their own wharf. The schooner (along with a couple of others) was at dock getting ready for its 10am morning cruise. It looked fun. Teischan liked it. It was a perfect day. The forecast was great for the whole day. So I got two tickets for the Sunset Cruise which departed Mystic at 5:30pm.

It worked out well. Very pleasant and educational. Though we had taken the Amtrak from Boston to New York many times I had not realized that when crossing the Mystic River the train goes over a ROTATING (beige colored) bridge. [See pictures above.] This is just beyond the Route 1 drawbridge in Mystic — more or less the first thing we had to negotiate on the cruise.

The name refers to a water nymph on the Tiber River in Rome.

100hp diesel engine is used while going through the river and Mystic harbor. It is only under sail, for about 30 minutes, when it is in the ‘Sound’.

You go past “Mason’s Island”, “Sixpenny Island” (famous for its clams) and “Noank“. Lots of other islands. The crew does a great job mingling with the passengers, doing running commentaries and answering questions. There is a complimentary platter of cheese, grapes and crackers as well as an endless supply of sharp lemonade. You can also bring your own tipple of board — though we didn’t.

Very relaxing. Just over 2 hours. We had a great time. We would gladly do it again. I recommend it, highly.

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by Anura Guruge

Jaguar V8 Is The Heart Of The 1,000 MPH, “Bloodhound”, British Supersonic Car.

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Bought shares in Tata.
2/ 2002 Jaguar XJ8.
3/ 1989 V-12 XJS …
4/ “Jaguar Diaries” …
5/ Jaguar XE

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Click to ENLARGE and ADMIRE the Jaguar logo on the side. The Cat prowls again.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From link presented below. The Jaguar V8 is the HEART in that it is the PUMP.


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Jaguar power.

British pride.

Feels so good.

No namby-pamby, ‘we-have-to-lie‘ German technology here. This thing is not diesel powered.

ENJOY. Smile. Made my day.

A day in which I did something I very rarely do. I washed a car by hand.
It was, of course, a Jaguar.

“Railroad Alaska” On ‘Destination America’ TV — A Must IF You Are A Train Buff (or Nut) Like Me.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

I used to think that trains were in my blood. But, now I realize that that is unlikely since I was adopted. But, on my adopted mother’s side there was a lot of railway blood — my adopted mother’s father was a station master and her brother was a engine driver. So, given these connections, I have actually driven, i.e., hands on throttle, two diesel passenger trains and worked as a fireman on a steam train. I have lots of model train stuff — some that work some that don’t. I will always stop and look at a train. I read books about trains and have a fairly large collection of large books on trains. Yes, I am a confirmed train buff. Love trains.

So when I happened to see this program ‘Railroad Alaska‘ on the DirecTV electronic program guide I had to ‘DVR’ it to see what it was all about. We have watched Alaska-related programs during our 6 – 7 pm Family TV time. So I recorded this for family TV. During the first few minutes Teischan, who does like to watch Fast n’Loud & Northwoods Law, was not impressed. Then she was hooked. We watched a second episode yesterday.

It is fairly compelling. The scenery is breathtaking. Yes, I have been to Alaska — albeit just to Anchorage, on business! I would prefer to see more about the trains and technical details as opposed to the ‘human angle’. But, I appreciate that I am in the minority when it comes to that.

So, if you get ‘Destination America’ and you like trains or Alaska try and watch an episode or two.


I like big, brawny engines — whether steam or diesel.
I, thanks to this show, am in awe of these engines.
They are brawny and visually appealing.

I had to go check them out.

They are EMD SD70 series engines.