Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hotbed of Coopers

Friday we dinghied into Sag Harbor and caught the bus to Southampton to hobnob with the beautiful people. Southampton was a hotbed of Coopers in the 1600s-1700s! Vicki’s ancestor, John Cooper, who came from England was a founder of Southampton. Yes, this is the same John Cooper who started at Lynn Massachusetts where he was one of the town officials to sign the document that planted the town of Southampton,and he was among the first 20 people from Lynn to settle Southampton. We went to the historical museum and the researchers helped us find references to him in books. It was a pretty cool experience. We bought a couple of books to send to Vicki’s Dad who did the genealogy of the Cooper family which traced their roots back to John. In the picture above, Vicki is reading a deed transfer of land from John Cooper to someone I can't spell. Below are some shots of Vicki and some of the Cooper landmarks in Southampton, NY.

Yesterday (Saturday) was a perfect cruise from Sag Harbor along the northern coast of Long Island to Port Jefferson which is about half-way to New York City which is where we'll be tomorrow through Wednesday. Port Jefferson is a wonderful and picturesque harbor with loads of anchorage room in good sticky mud. And, it is well protected on all sides.

Today we treked westward about 30 miles across the northern shore of Long Island to Oyster Bay Harbor. Oyster Bay, is another great hideaway anchorage about 2 miles south of Long Island Sound through a tricky channel; but, worth the effort. We're anchored in about 15 ft of water, pretty much protected all around and have a good hold. It is such a nice day, Vicki is going to try out her new kayak. More on this later.

Tomorrow we will make the 35 mile run to NY Harbor (via the East River and ...........HELL GATE!!!!!!). Oooooooooooh! We'll get a slip at Liberty Landing Marina (just behind the statue of Liberty) because we are planning to "do" the town and there is good water transportation to Manhattan from there. Vicki went on line and got tickets to two broadway plays and a tour of Ellis Island where Norm will look up his ancestors who arrived in this country through there.

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