A week or so ago I walked to Bassin Louise, which is the part of our port area where private owners keep their boats. All winter they (the boats) sit on land, wrapped in their cocoons of blue plastic. When spring does arrive there’s a mad dash to get them in the water so their owners can enjoy them during our all-to-short summer.
During my visit I noticed two things. There were no boats in the water in spite of it being May. In fact, in shaded parts of the port there was still ice in the water. At the time it occurred to me that sailors may be the only people more frustrated with our lack of spring than we sketchers.
It does seem that we’re finally getting hints that winter isn’t going to last forever and I’ve managed a flurry of outdoor sketching activity this week. I decided to head back to Bassin Louise to see how the sailors were doing. When I arrived I saw that a few boats had been put in the water – maybe a dozen of the couple hundred that will eventually fill the harbor. I’m not sure the lock that lets them exit into the St. Lawrence River is functional yet but there were people working on sails, polishing chrome, etc.
While my face is incapable of launching a thousand ships, I thought that maybe my imagination might get one of them moving so I sat down to do a quick sketch of one of the boats moored in the harbor. It’s seen here, heading out into the St. Lawrence.