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My vacation has been pretty damp...rain almost every day. We have enjoyed the SSCA GAM, the Choptank, Chester, Wye, Miles, Rhode and the Bay itself. This is all going someplace, I swear.

While spending the night in one of our favorite anchorages, Dividing Creek on the Wye, all night long we were haunted with noisy bubbles hitting our hull. Now these were bubbles loud enough to wake me up and I am not a light sleeper. Along with the popping bubbles, there were sounds like sticks hitting our hull. At one point I did go up on the cockpit and the other two boats had not dragged, nor had we. Many questions????? The next AM I rowed over to one of the other vessels asking if they were also heard this noise. Nope. They said it must have been aliens. No lights in the sky or water....?????

Later in the morning, I pulled the cqr along with our trusty chain rode and sure enough for the first time in daylight, a bubble broke the surface larger than a basketball. POP! Now, Dividing Creek is linned wirh large diciduous trees and I am sure there are loads of leaves and branches and probably whole trees rotting down below but this was a new one. The bubbles were only evident at night. Also it should be noted that the anchor chain was stained black! A few more nights at anchor and it is still black.

So does anyone know what kind of spooky channel we visited? Were we being haunted? Has anyone else experienced this?

Now that we are totally rusted, we will head home this weekend to get ready for work next week. This rain has got to stop sometime.

Cheers All!

Leslie:confused:

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CR 34, Currently in Queenstown on our way to Chestertown
Lankford Bay Marina.
 

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You've all got me giggling...

Well it sounds like Pdqaltair has the best scientific explanation. The size of the bubble that burst at the surface was really large so if it was a turtle or terrapin, it must have been the dinosaur sized version. In looking at all the fart bubbles shown on U Tube, they were all much smaller than what I saw...even with a whale fart. :laugher What I saw was one large bubble and that says large gas pockets trapped at the bottom released in one large bubble. I can't say I smelled anything like sulfur but maybe I was not sniffing at the right moment with the breeze in the right direction. Maybe this was my experience with "swamp gas"? Would have been fun to light it.:rolleyes: Wonder if the earth quake could have directed gases through the earth, getting a pocket close to the surface?

I can only think that we were anchored over an area that had gases trapped in the muck on the bottom that our anchor chain or the anchor disturbed. Maybe we made too much noise with the Sirius XM radio playing during the day so we did not hear bubbles through the daylight hours we were there. Also, the tidal change may have caused our swing, and disruption of the bottom.

The change in the anchor chain to black was pretty spooky.

Thanks for your input.

Leslie

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our chain black did not wash off....

Dave, our chain's black corrosion did not wash off. Yes, there was black mudd on Dividing Creek but this is almost a stain on the metal. Maybe vinegar or baking soda may remove it but I was not going there.

My brother told me about the gases that are trapped in rotting vegetation and how they are known to kill folks working in trenches where they come upon the gas as they dig the trench. He mentioned three guys in South Carolina a few years back who had this occur. The first one who was in the trench collapsed and the other two went into the trench to help him but they were also overcome. WOW!!! Surely being in the boat is a different thing from being in a hole digging the muck out but it kind of makes you think.

My brother is a forensic pathologist so he is always full of good chemistry facts and stories dealing with folks who have died.:eek: What amazed me was the size of the bubbles...there were not lots of bubbles but large bubbles. Keene also advised that the bubble gets bigger as it comes to the surface. It was pretty interesting.

Leslie

s/v Tango
CR 34
Lankford Bay Marina
Chester River, MD
 
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