Over the bounding main,
For many a stormy wind shall blow
Before Jack comes home again!
I remember this bit of a song from when I was a kid. I’m not sure why. I’m less sure how. But it bounces between my ears every time I get a chance to get on a boat.
I was out walking and ended up near where the ferry docks on the Quebec side of the St. Lawrence River. I was looking across the river at the new ferry complex on the other side and decided to take a boat ride, but the two ferries had just started swapping places so I’d have to wait a bit. I sat down and got out my Field Notes book and did this quick sketch of the top of the old post office building. More a scribble than a sketch but, after all, it was done in my ‘scribbler’ so that was appropriate.
I boarded the ferry and wandered around its decks, letting the fresh almost sea breeze blow across my face. I’m lucky to live in a place where I can be “on the bounding main” with nothing more than a swipe of my bus pass over a card reader.
I’d like to talk about taking a three-hour tour like Gilligan but the truth of the matter is that it takes only about 10-minutes to get to the other side. I did get a couple quick-sketches done.
Once on the other side I wandered around, looking at the on-going construction, trying to figure out what the overall plan was for this new place. I decided that I wasn’t smart enough to understand and took a wait and see attitude. I went inside.
Once you get through the turnstile to get on the ferry heading north, you climb stairs to a large room with a wall of glass. What a great view of the Quebec City skyline there is from there. I’m going to have to go back when I’m in the mood to do larger sketches but on this day, I was in quick-sketch mode. I got out a larger, but cheap sketchbook (6×9) and did a 5-minute pencil scribble of the skyline. It’s not much but it will motivate me to get back there to do something better and provide a good excuse for another boat ride.
I watched a small tugboat chug by as the ferry was pulling away from the quay and once we started crossing I was amused by a couple sailboats trying to change course and/or stop so the ferry could proceed. Once that show was over, I got out my Field Notes book again and did a couple more people sketches, this time using my Platinum Carbon pen. It was a great day to be sailing on the bounding main. What is a bounding main anyways?